College Costs in Iowa

The 2023 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 $20,299 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is $5,169 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 $255 from the 2019-2020 average of $20,044 and represents a 1.27% 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 27,553 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $8,324. Grinnell College is the most expensive in Iowa with an in-state tuition of $58,156.

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 2021-2022 academic year.

Explore Iowa Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
Hamilton Technical College

Davenport, Iowa

$14,450 NA NA
Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, Iowa

$5,818 NA NA
Indian Hills Community College

Ottumwa, Iowa

$4,560 NA NA
Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge, Iowa

$5,280 NA NA
Iowa Lakes Community College

Estherville, Iowa

$6,112 NA NA
Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

$8,324 59 67
Iowa Wesleyan College

Mount Pleasant, Iowa

$32,550 25 NA
Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, Iowa

$5,820 NA NA
Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

$5,208 NA NA
Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa

$33,500 NA NA
Luther College

Decorah, Iowa

$46,130 62 80
Maharishi University of Management

Fairfield, Iowa

$16,000 NA NA
Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown, Iowa

$4,416 NA NA
Mercy College of Health Sciences

Des Moines, Iowa

$19,754 57 24
Morningside College

Sioux City, Iowa

$33,760 NA NA
Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

$35,540 NA NA
North Iowa Area Community College

Mason City, Iowa

$5,153 NA NA
Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar

Calmar, Iowa

$5,400 NA NA
Northwest Iowa Community College

Sheldon, Iowa

$5,490 NA NA
Northwestern College

Orange City, Iowa

$33,350 52 47