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Cheapest Colleges in Iowa by In State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university and you are a resident of Iowa these are the least expensive in state colleges to consider.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published in state total cost. It's important to research the typical financial aid package offered by a school, the average net price actually paid and most importantly the quality of education you receive for your tuition dollar. Sometimes a school which appears cheap based on list price can be a poor relative value if it can't award competitive financial aid or doesn't offer a quality education. The list below is a ranking on published in state total cost with no consideration of actual average price paid or academic quality of the school. Please see the CollegeCalc best value colleges in Iowa list for a ranking which considers school quality and average net price.

Total cost may factor in an estimated off-campus living expense if a school doens't provide housing. This estimate may vary widely by college. To view a rank by academic fees alone please see our Iowa tuition ranking.

The most affordable four year colleges in Iowa are listed by one year's in state total cost list price for the 2016/2017 school year. Total cost includes tuition, room and board or estimated off campus living expenses, books and supplies and other fees.

What is the cheapest college in Iowa? Leading the colleges list is Divine Word College in Epworth with an in state total cost of $16,280.

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 rating methodology.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2016-2017 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Iowa's Cheapest Colleges by In State Total Cost
In State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$16,280
In State Total Cost
1) Divine Word College
Epworth, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$17,310
In State Total Cost
2) University of Phoenix Des Moines Campus
West Des Moines, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$17,570
In State Total Cost
3) Iowa State University
Ames, Public Not For Profit
58 76
$17,838
In State Total Cost
4) University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Public Not For Profit
53 73
$19,245
In State Total Cost
5) Kaplan University Davenport Campus
Davenport, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$19,633
In State Total Cost
6) University of Iowa
Iowa City, Public Not For Profit
64 77
$20,272
In State Total Cost
7) Kaplan University Mason City Campus
Mason City, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$20,272
In State Total Cost
8) Kaplan University Cedar Rapids Campus
Cedar Rapids, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$20,272
In State Total Cost
9) Kaplan University Cedar Falls Campus
Cedar Falls, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$20,272
In State Total Cost
10) Kaplan University Des Moines Campus
Urbandale, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$20,300
In State Total Cost
11) Kaplan University Council Bluffs Campus
Council Bluffs, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$20,433
In State Total Cost
12) Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport
Davenport, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$22,185
In State Total Cost
13) AIB College of Business
Des Moines, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$22,250
In State Total Cost
14) Hamilton Technical College
Davenport, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$23,878
In State Total Cost
15) Mercy College of Health Sciences
Des Moines, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$24,280
In State Total Cost
16) Emmaus Bible College
Dubuque, Private Not For Profit
76 77
$24,819
In State Total Cost
17) Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Ankeny, Private Not For Profit
58 74
$25,543
In State Total Cost
18) ITT Technical Institute Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$25,785
In State Total Cost
19) ITT Technical Institute Clive
Clive, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$26,250
In State Total Cost
20) Allen College
Waterloo, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a