College Costs in Iowa

The 2021 Directory of Iowa Colleges and Prices

Iowa Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2021

How much does it cost to attend college in Iowa?   The average annual in-state college tuition in Iowa was $19,577 for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is $4,912 higher than the U.S. average and ranks Iowa amongst the costliest as the 8th most expensive and 45th most affordable state or district to attend college. This is a change of $156 from the 2018-2019 average of $19,421 and represents a 0.8% 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 31,213 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $8,042. Grinnell College is the most expensive in Iowa with an in-state tuition of $53,872.

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.

<Academic 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 2018-2019 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Explore Iowa Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
AIB College of Business

Des Moines, Iowa

$15,300 NA NA
Allen College

Waterloo, Iowa

$17,612 NA NA
Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, Iowa

$30,988 NA NA
Brown Mackie College Quad Cities

Bettendorf, Iowa

$11,592 NA NA
Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa

$35,194 56 86
Central College

Pella, Iowa

$38,600 60 82
Clarke University

Dubuque, Iowa

$33,600 52 7
Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

$45,230 NA NA
Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Iowa

$43,550 62 71
Des Moines Area Community College

Ankeny, Iowa

$4,800 NA NA
Divine Word College

Epworth, Iowa

$13,260 NA NA
Dordt College

Sioux Center, Iowa

$31,210 60 53
Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa

$42,694 77 85
Eastern Iowa Community College District

Davenport, Iowa

$5,376 NA NA
Ellsworth Community College

Iowa Falls, Iowa

$4,272 NA NA
Emmaus Bible College

Dubuque, Iowa

$18,950 49 58
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

Ankeny, Iowa

$16,680 NA NA
Graceland University Lamoni

Lamoni, Iowa

$29,750 47 71
Grand View University

Des Moines, Iowa

$29,792 36 25
Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa

$53,872 88 95