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 30,888 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, 760 Students
$15,300 n/a n/a
Allen College
Waterloo, 278 Students
$16,072 n/a n/a
Briar Cliff University
Sioux City, 797 Students
$27,010 n/a n/a
Brown Mackie College Quad Cities
Bettendorf, 369 Students
$11,772 n/a n/a
Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, 1,759 Students
$31,318 50 61
Central College
Pella, 1,365 Students
$33,345 67 66
Clarke University
Dubuque, 998 Students
$29,000 45 48
Coe College  Best Value
Cedar Rapids, 1,360 Students
$38,750 69 68
Cornell College  Best Value
Mount Vernon, 1,079 Students
$38,475 82 71
Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny, 7,566 Students
$3,913 n/a n/a
Divine Word College
Epworth, 92 Students
$12,500 n/a n/a
Dordt College
Sioux Center, 1,345 Students
$27,800 56 57
Drake University  Best Value
Des Moines, 4,068 Students
$33,550 75 64
Eastern Iowa Community College District
Davenport, 2,657 Students
$4,480 n/a n/a
Ellsworth Community College
Iowa Falls, 709 Students
$3,792 n/a n/a
Emmaus Bible College
Dubuque, 201 Students
$15,100 n/a n/a
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Ankeny, 233 Students
$16,112 39 62
Graceland University Lamoni
Lamoni, 1,672 Students
$25,420 52 65
Grand View University
Des Moines, 1,683 Students
$23,864 22 19
Grinnell College  Best Value
Grinnell, 1,672 Students
$46,574 95 73

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