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Iowa Community Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2020

How much does it cost to attend community college in Iowa?   The average annual in-state two year college tuition in Iowa was $6,280 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a change of $473 from the 2015-2016 average of $5,807 and represents a 8.15% 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 $4,680. Iowa Lakes Community College is the most expensive community school in Iowa with an in-state tuition of $5,728.

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 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, 6,430 Students
$4,680 - -
Eastern Iowa Community College District
Davenport, 2,404 Students
$5,184 - -
Ellsworth Community College
Iowa Falls, 611 Students
$4,152 - -
Hawkeye Community College
Waterloo, 2,258 Students
$5,084 - -
Indian Hills Community College
Ottumwa, 1,976 Students
$4,224 - -
Iowa Central Community College
Fort Dodge, 2,682 Students
$5,070 - -
Iowa Lakes Community College
Estherville, 994 Students
$5,728 - -
Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs, 2,555 Students
$5,408 - -
Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, 5,300 Students
$4,732 - -
Marshalltown Community College
Marshalltown, 704 Students
$4,152 - -
North Iowa Area Community College
Mason City, 1,412 Students
$4,628 - -
Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar
Calmar, 1,153 Students
$5,100 - -
Northwest Iowa Community College
Sheldon, 580 Students
$5,070 - -
Southeastern Community College
West Burlington, 1,175 Students
$5,430 - -
Southwestern Community College
Creston, 683 Students
$5,498 - -
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Sioux City, 1,746 Students
$3,576 - -