Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Des Moines Area Community College tuition is $4,680 per year for in-state residents. This is 29% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,631. The cost is 25% cheaper than the average Iowa tuition of $6,280 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 6th in Iowa amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 14th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $9,360 which represents a 100% premium.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $7,302 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Ankeny should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,322.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,688 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,794 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Iowa residents to go to DMACC is $14,992 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Iowa residence can expect a one year cost of $19,672.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Des Moines Area Community College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Des Moines Area Community College
Estimated Budgets
Iowa Resident Total Budget $14,992
   In-State Tuition$4,680
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$7,302
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,688
   Books and Supplies$1,322


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $14,992 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported DMACC net price for in-state students is $9,995* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

56% of Des Moines Area Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $3,909. 44 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $3,901. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Des Moines Area Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Des Moines Area Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$9,995*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid56%
Average Total Grant Aid$3,909
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants44%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$3,901

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$8,811
$30,001 to $48,000$9,227
$48,001 to $75,000$10,906
$75,001 to $110,000$12,800

Average Financial Aid Mix - $14,992 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $14,992. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 29% - $3,909

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Des Moines Area Community College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 32% - $4,323

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 38% -  $5,072

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Des Moines Area Community College
Marshalltown Community College11.3% less expensive
Ellsworth Community College11.3% less expensive
Southwestern Community College17.5% more expensive
Iowa Central Community College8.3% more expensive
Indian Hills Community College9.7% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Des Moines Area Community College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at DMACC is $29,984 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $9,479 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $18,958**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Des Moines Area Community College.

Iowa Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,340
Iowa Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,496
Non-Iowa Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,680
Non-Iowa Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,836

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Des Moines Area Community College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Des Moines Area Community College
Price per credit hour for Iowa residents$131
Cost for one class for Iowa residents (3 credit hours)$393
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$262
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$786
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,048


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 45% of Des Moines Area Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,323.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Des Moines Area Community College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $18,958, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $23,522.53. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Des Moines Area Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 56% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $9,479. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Des Moines Area Community College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Des Moines Area Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$196.02
Amount Borrowed$18,958.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$4,564.53
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$23,522.53

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend DMACC? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Des Moines Area Community College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $23,522.53 would be needed to afford a $196.02 monthly payment in the example $18,958.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Des Moines Area Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,990 to $4,680. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.5%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $29,984.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Des Moines Area Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$19,612$39,225
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$25,031$50,062
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $31,946$63,893
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $36,982$73,964

Tuition History

What was tuition at DMACC five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$3,930$7,860 4.8%
2011$3,750$7,500 8.7%
2010$3,450$6,900 7.5%
2009$3,210$6,420 4.9%
2008$3,060$6,120 5.2%
2007$2,910$5,820 2.1%
2006$2,850$5,700 5.1%
2005$2,712$5,424 8.4%
2004$2,502$5,004 3.7%
2003$2,412$4,572 9.5%
2002$2,202$4,212 8.9%
2001$2,022$3,852 6.3%
2000$1,902$3,612 6.7%
1999$1,782$3,342 3.5%
1998$1,722$3,060 -2.9%
1997$1,773$3,341 1.8%
1996$1,741$3,482 9.6%
1995$1,589$2,997 6.9%
1994$1,486$2,798 9.4%
1993$1,358$2,512 7.6%
1992$1,262$2,382 0%
1991$1,262$2,382 0%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Des Moines Area Community College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 1,147 11% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 110 3% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 84 9% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 57 2% costlier
Accounting Associate's Degree 49 3% cheaper
Community Organization and Advocacy Associate's Degree 40 12% cheaper
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 38 4% cheaper
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 31 9% costlier
Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling Associate's Degree 26 37% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 25 8% costlier
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 24 3% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 24 3% cheaper
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 23 3% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 23 1% costlier
Information Technology Associate's Degree 22 2% costlier
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology Associate's Degree 21 13% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Associate's Degree 21 11% cheaper
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 20 0% cheaper
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 19 6% costlier
Office Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 15 6% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other Associate's Degree 14 12% cheaper
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 14 1% cheaper
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary Associate's Degree 13 3% costlier
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design Associate's Degree 13 5% costlier
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 13 4% costlier
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 13 1% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 13 1% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 13 12% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 12 1% costlier
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 10% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Associate's Degree 10 1% cheaper
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 7% costlier
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree 9 7% costlier
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other Associate's Degree 8 1% cheaper
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology Associate's Degree 8 2% costlier
Tool and Die Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 28% costlier
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Associate's Degree 6 13% cheaper
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations Associate's Degree 6 25% costlier
Biotechnology Associate's Degree 5 17% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 5 1% costlier
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Associate's Degree 4 13% cheaper
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 2% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 0% costlier
Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 2 6% costlier
Surveying Engineering Associate's Degree 2 9% costlier


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About Des Moines Area Community College

Des Moines Area Community College is a two year community college located in Ankeny, Iowa.  Full time enrollment is 6,430 and part time is 17,044.  Des Moines Area Community College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes. Learn more about Des Moines Area Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Des Moines Area Community College
2006 Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, Iowa

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Des Moines Area Community College is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Des Moines Area Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153214 IPEDS survey data.