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Cheapest Colleges in Iowa by In State Tuition

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 tuition. 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 tuition 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.

The most affordable four year colleges in Iowa are listed by one year's in state tuition list price for the 2016/2017 school year.

What is the cheapest college in Iowa? Leading the colleges list is Iowa State University in Ames with an in state tuition of $7,098.

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 Tuition
In State Tuition College Rating $Value
$7,098
In State Tuition
1) Iowa State University
Ames, Public Not For Profit
58 76
$7,098
In State Tuition
2) University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Public Not For Profit
57 75
$7,128
In State Tuition
3) University of Iowa
Iowa City, Public Not For Profit
63 77
$8,814
In State Tuition
4) Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport
Davenport, Private Not For Profit
- -
$9,480
In State Tuition
5) University of Phoenix Des Moines Campus
West Des Moines, Private For Profit
- -
$12,500
In State Tuition
6) Divine Word College
Epworth, Private Not For Profit
- -
$13,356
In State Tuition
7) Purdue Global Davenport Campus
Davenport, Private For Profit
- -
$14,250
In State Tuition
8) Hamilton Technical College
Davenport, Private For Profit
- -
$15,300
In State Tuition
9) AIB College of Business
Des Moines, Private Not For Profit
- -
$15,327
In State Tuition
10) Purdue Global Mason City Campus
Mason City, Private For Profit
- -
$15,327
In State Tuition
11) Purdue Global Cedar Rapids Campus
Cedar Rapids, Private For Profit
- -
$15,327
In State Tuition
12) Purdue Global Cedar Falls Campus
Cedar Falls, Private For Profit
- -
$15,327
In State Tuition
13) Purdue Global Des Moines Campus
Urbandale, Private For Profit
- -
$15,327
In State Tuition
14) Purdue Global Council Bluffs Campus
Council Bluffs, Private For Profit
- -
$15,730
In State Tuition
15) Emmaus Bible College
Dubuque, Private Not For Profit
75 76
$16,274
In State Tuition
16) Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Ankeny, Private Not For Profit
56 73
$16,464
In State Tuition
17) Allen College
Waterloo, Private Not For Profit
- -
$16,920
In State Tuition
18) Mercy College of Health Sciences
Des Moines, Private Not For Profit
- -
$20,160
In State Tuition
19) Waldorf College
Forest City, Private For Profit
- -
$22,516
In State Tuition
20) Iowa Wesleyan College
Mount Pleasant, Private Not For Profit
42 53

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