Community Colleges in Iowa

The 2021 Directory of Iowa Community Colleges and Costs

Iowa Community Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2021

How much does it cost to attend community college in Iowa?   The average annual in-state two year college tuition in Iowa was $6,399 for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a change of $388 from the 2018-2019 average of $6,011 and represents a 6.45% annual increase. The list of Iowa community colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Community colleges, also known as junior colleges, provide an excellent money saving opportunity for those concerned with college costs. Many students are choosing to begin their education at community colleges for two years, taking advantage of their lower cost. Then after two years transferring to a full four year institution to pursue a full bachelors degree or higher. Most community colleges also have the benefit of open admission policies.  

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 16 community colleges and universities in Iowa, the most popular being Des Moines Area Community College with 6,430 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $4,800. Iowa Lakes Community College is the most expensive community school in Iowa with an in-state tuition of $5,856.

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
Des Moines Area Community College

Ankeny, Iowa

$4,800 NA NA
Eastern Iowa Community College District

Davenport, Iowa

$5,376 NA NA
Ellsworth Community College

Iowa Falls, Iowa

$4,272 NA NA
Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, Iowa

$5,368 NA NA
Indian Hills Community College

Ottumwa, Iowa

$4,320 NA NA
Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge, Iowa

$4,980 NA NA
Iowa Lakes Community College

Estherville, Iowa

$5,856 NA NA
Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, Iowa

$5,696 NA NA
Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

$4,928 NA NA
Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown, Iowa

$4,272 NA NA
North Iowa Area Community College

Mason City, Iowa

$4,793 NA NA
Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar

Calmar, Iowa

$5,220 NA NA
Northwest Iowa Community College

Sheldon, Iowa

$5,190 NA NA
Southeastern Community College

West Burlington, Iowa

$5,520 NA NA
Southwestern Community College

Creston, Iowa

$5,722 NA NA
Western Iowa Tech Community College

Sioux City, Iowa

$3,672 NA NA