College Costs in Iowa

The 2022 Directory of Iowa Colleges and Prices

Iowa Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2022

How much does it cost to attend college in Iowa?   The average annual in-state college tuition in Iowa was $19,703 for the 2020-2021 academic year. This is $4,782 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 ($341) from the 2019-2020 average of $20,044 and represents a -1.7% annual decline. 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 28,302 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 $56,188.

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 2020-2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Explore Iowa Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
AIB College of Business

Des Moines, Iowa

$15,300 NA NA
Allen College

Waterloo, Iowa

$17,864 NA NA
Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, Iowa

$31,898 NA NA
Brown Mackie College Quad Cities

Bettendorf, Iowa

$11,592 NA NA
Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa

$36,426 NA NA
Central College

Pella, Iowa

$18,600 59 98
Clarke University

Dubuque, Iowa

$34,650 58 59
Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

$46,870 NA NA
Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Iowa

$45,288 58 75
Des Moines Area Community College

Ankeny, Iowa

$5,100 NA NA
Divine Word College

Epworth, Iowa

$13,600 NA NA
Dordt College

Sioux Center, Iowa

$32,240 59 57
Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa

$44,198 76 85
Eastern Iowa Community College District

Davenport, Iowa

$5,600 NA NA
Ellsworth Community College

Iowa Falls, Iowa

$4,344 NA NA
Emmaus Bible College

Dubuque, Iowa

$19,250 52 71
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

Ankeny, Iowa

$16,990 44 45
Graceland University Lamoni

Lamoni, Iowa

$30,650 52 80
Grand View University

Des Moines, Iowa

$29,076 37 27
Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa

$56,188 89 94