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Cheapest Colleges in Iowa by Out of State Tuition

If you're looking for an affordable university in Iowa but aren't a state resident, these are the least expensive out of state colleges to consider. Additionally, if you are a foreign citizen and cannot qualify for in-state tuition, these are the cheapest universities in Iowa for international students.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published out of 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 out of 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 out of state tuition list price for the 2016/2017 school year.

What is the cheapest college in Iowa? Leading the colleges list is Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport in Davenport with an out of state tuition of $8,814.

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 Out of State Tuition
Out of State Tuition College Rating $Value
$8,814
Out of State Tuition
1) Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport
Davenport, Private Not For Profit
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$9,480
Out of State Tuition
2) University of Phoenix Des Moines Campus
West Des Moines, Private For Profit
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$12,500
Out of State Tuition
3) Divine Word College
Epworth, Private Not For Profit
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$13,356
Out of State Tuition
4) Purdue Global Davenport Campus
Davenport, Private For Profit
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$14,250
Out of State Tuition
5) Hamilton Technical College
Davenport, Private For Profit
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$15,300
Out of State Tuition
6) AIB College of Business
Des Moines, Private Not For Profit
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$15,327
Out of State Tuition
7) Purdue Global Mason City Campus
Mason City, Private For Profit
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$15,327
Out of State Tuition
8) Purdue Global Cedar Rapids Campus
Cedar Rapids, Private For Profit
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$15,327
Out of State Tuition
9) Purdue Global Cedar Falls Campus
Cedar Falls, Private For Profit
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$15,327
Out of State Tuition
10) Purdue Global Des Moines Campus
Urbandale, Private For Profit
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$15,327
Out of State Tuition
11) Purdue Global Council Bluffs Campus
Council Bluffs, Private For Profit
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$15,730
Out of State Tuition
12) Emmaus Bible College
Dubuque, Private Not For Profit
75 76
$16,274
Out of State Tuition
13) Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Ankeny, Private Not For Profit
56 73
$16,464
Out of State Tuition
14) Allen College
Waterloo, Private Not For Profit
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$16,920
Out of State Tuition
15) Mercy College of Health Sciences
Des Moines, Private Not For Profit
- -
$17,640
Out of State Tuition
16) University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Public Not For Profit
57 75
$20,160
Out of State Tuition
17) Waldorf College
Forest City, Private For Profit
- -
$20,462
Out of State Tuition
18) Iowa State University
Ames, Public Not For Profit
58 76
$23,780
Out of State Tuition
19) William Penn University
Oskaloosa, Private Not For Profit
31 39
$24,794
Out of State Tuition
20) Grand View University
Des Moines, Private Not For Profit
22 18

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