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Iowa Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2016

How much does it cost to attend college in Iowa?   The average annual in-state college tuition in Iowa was $17,686 for the 2015-2016 academic year. This is $4,100 higher than the U.S. average and ranks Iowa amongst the costliest as the 6th most expensive and 47th most affordable state or district to attend college. This is a change of $472 from the 2014-2015 average of $17,214 and represents a 2.74% annual increase. The list of Iowa colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 64 colleges and universities in Iowa, the most popular being Iowa State University with 32,499 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $6,648. Grinnell College is the most expensive in Iowa with an in-state tuition of $46,574.

Click on any school for current tuition, future cost estimates, school specific savings plans and estimated student loan payments. Iowa colleges can also be filtered by public, private, community colleges and four year schools. Additionally, cost based sorting is available for the lowest and highest tuition options. Jump directly to our ranking of best values in Iowa or cheap Iowa colleges guide.

Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our ratings.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Explore Iowa Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
AIB College of Business
Des Moines, 282 Students
$15,300 n/a n/a
Allen College
Waterloo, 314 Students
$16,072 n/a n/a
Briar Cliff University
Sioux City, 846 Students
$27,010 n/a n/a
Brown Mackie College Quad Cities
Bettendorf, 261 Students
$11,772 n/a n/a
Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, 1,714 Students
$31,318 49 60
Central College
Pella, 1,230 Students
$33,345 65 65
Clarke University
Dubuque, 940 Students
$29,000 54 56
Coe College  Best Value
Cedar Rapids, 1,357 Students
$38,750 73 69
Cornell College  Best Value
Mount Vernon, 1,033 Students
$38,475 71 67
Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny, 6,931 Students
$3,913 n/a n/a
Divine Word College
Epworth, 80 Students
$12,500 n/a n/a
Dordt College
Sioux Center, 1,352 Students
$27,800 67 64
Drake University  Best Value
Des Moines, 4,023 Students
$33,550 76 64
Eastern Iowa Community College District
Davenport, 2,605 Students
$4,480 n/a n/a
Ellsworth Community College
Iowa Falls, 601 Students
$3,792 n/a n/a
Emmaus Bible College
Dubuque, 225 Students
$15,100 76 77
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Ankeny, 214 Students
$16,112 58 74
Graceland University Lamoni
Lamoni, 1,622 Students
$25,420 58 69
Grand View University
Des Moines, 1,644 Students
$23,864 30 40
Grinnell College  Best Value
Grinnell, 1,665 Students
$46,574 96 74

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