Iowa Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2019

How much does it cost to attend college in Iowa?   The average annual in-state college tuition in Iowa was $18,708 for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is $4,596 higher than the U.S. average and ranks Iowa amongst the costliest as the 9th most expensive and 44th most affordable state or district to attend college. This is a change of $1,022 from the 2015-2016 average of $17,686 and represents a 5.78% annual increase. The list of Iowa colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 62 colleges and universities in Iowa, the most popular being Iowa State University with 32,300 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $7,456. Grinnell College is the most expensive in Iowa with an in-state tuition of $50,014.

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 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Explore Iowa Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
AIB College of Business
Des Moines, 282 Students
$15,300 - -
Allen College
Waterloo, 340 Students
$16,884 - -
Briar Cliff University
Sioux City, 884 Students
$28,650 - -
Brown Mackie College Quad Cities
Bettendorf, 158 Students
$11,592 - -
Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, 1,605 Students
$32,854 60 68
Central College
Pella, 1,204 Students
$35,930 65 65
Clarke University
Dubuque, 907 Students
$30,950 57 59
Coe College  Best Value
Cedar Rapids, 1,344 Students
$42,090 80 72
Cornell College  Best Value
Mount Vernon, 975 Students
$40,655 70 66
Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny, 6,644 Students
$4,530 - -
Divine Word College
Epworth, 64 Students
$12,750 - -
Dordt College
Sioux Center, 1,378 Students
$29,480 61 60
Drake University  Best Value
Des Moines, 3,964 Students
$38,916 74 63
Eastern Iowa Community College District
Davenport, 2,635 Students
$4,960 - -
Ellsworth Community College
Iowa Falls, 611 Students
$4,032 - -
Emmaus Bible College
Dubuque, 230 Students
$17,520 75 76
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Ankeny, 212 Students
$16,274 56 73
Graceland University Lamoni
Lamoni, 1,580 Students
$27,500 57 68
Grand View University
Des Moines, 1,657 Students
$25,836 22 18
Grinnell College  Best Value
Grinnell, 1,658 Students
$50,014 96 74