Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Kirkwood Community College tuition is $4,536 per year for in-state residents. This is 30% 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 7th in Iowa amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 13th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $5,656 which represents a 25% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $50 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,586.

Housing Costs

Kirkwood Community College doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Cedar Rapids area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $5,463.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $2,500.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,322 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Iowa residents to go to Kirkwood Community College is $15,871 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Iowa residence can expect a one year cost of $16,991. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $10,408.

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

Costs and Tuition for Kirkwood Community College
Estimated Budgets
Iowa Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$15,871
   In-State Tuition$4,536
   Other Fees$50
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$5,463
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,322
   Books and Supplies$2,500
Iowa Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$10,408
   In-State Tuition$4,536
   Other Fees$50
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,322
   Books and Supplies$2,500


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 $15,871 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 Kirkwood Community College net price for in-state students is $11,347* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

60% of Kirkwood Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,688. 45 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 $4,411. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Kirkwood Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Kirkwood Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$11,347*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid60%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,688
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants45%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,411

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$10,097
$30,001 to $48,000$11,128
$48,001 to $75,000$13,308
$75,001 to $110,000$15,378

Average Financial Aid Mix - $15,871 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $15,871. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 37% - $4,688

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

Federal Loans

 36% - $4,522

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

Out of Pocket

 27% -  $3,339

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. Kirkwood Community College
Hawkeye Community College6.4% more expensive
Eastern Iowa Community College District9.3% more expensive
Marshalltown Community College11.1% less expensive
Black Hawk College65.3% more expensive
Indian Hills Community College10.1% 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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood Community College is $31,742 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 $9,482 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $18,964**

**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 Kirkwood Community College.

Iowa Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,268
Iowa Resident Total Cost Per Semester$7,936
Non-Iowa Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,828
Non-Iowa Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,496

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 Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood Community College
Price per credit hour for Iowa residents$162
Cost for one class for Iowa residents (3 credit hours)$486
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$202
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$606
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$808


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. 55% of Kirkwood Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,522.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Kirkwood 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 $18,964, 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 $23,529.98. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Kirkwood Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 60% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $9,482. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Kirkwood 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.

Kirkwood Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$196.08
Amount Borrowed$18,964.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$4,565.98
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$23,529.98

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Kirkwood Community College? 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 Kirkwood 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 $23,529.98 would be needed to afford a $196.08 monthly payment in the example $18,964.00 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 Kirkwood Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,500 to $4,536. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.9%. 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 $31,742.00. 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 Kirkwood Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$20,762$41,525
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$26,498$52,997
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $33,820$67,639
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $39,150$78,301

Tuition History

What was tuition at Kirkwood Community College 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$3,840$4,590 8.5%
2011$3,540$4,290 6.3%
2010$3,330$4,080 3.7%
2009$3,210$3,960 3.9%
2008$3,090$6,180 4%
2007$2,970$5,940 4.2%
2006$2,850$5,700 6.7%
2005$2,670$5,340 7.2%
2004$2,490$4,980 6.4%
2003$2,340$4,680 6.8%
2002$2,190$4,380 12.3%
2001$1,950$3,900 4.8%
2000$1,860$3,720 3.3%
1999$1,800$3,600 5.3%
1998$1,710$3,420 3.6%
1997$1,650$3,300 3.8%
1996$1,590$3,180 3.9%
1995$1,530$3,060 4.1%
1994$1,470$2,760 4.3%
1993$1,410$2,640 6.8%
1992$1,320$2,490 10%
1991$1,200$2,400 0%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Kirkwood 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 1,145 23% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 175 16% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 53 21% cheaper
Accounting Associate's Degree 43 16% cheaper
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 38 16% cheaper
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 34 17% cheaper
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 25 5% cheaper
Fire Science/Fire-fighting Associate's Degree 23 7% cheaper
Agricultural/Farm Supplies Retailing and Wholesaling Associate's Degree 22 18% costlier
Dental Assisting/Assistant Associate's Degree 21 14% cheaper
Interior Design Associate's Degree 21 19% cheaper
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Associate's Degree 20 15% cheaper
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 20 6% cheaper
Agricultural Power Machinery Operation Associate's Degree 20 3% cheaper
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Associate's Degree 20 10% cheaper
Graphic Communications, General Associate's Degree 19 4% cheaper
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 18 13% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 17 13% cheaper
Agricultural Production Operations, General Associate's Degree 17 6% cheaper
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree 17 9% cheaper
Turf and Turfgrass Management Associate's Degree 16 16% cheaper
Construction Management Associate's Degree 15 13% cheaper
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 15 13% cheaper
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other Associate's Degree 15 15% cheaper
Occupational Therapist Assistant Associate's Degree 15 16% cheaper
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 15 17% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 15 15% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 14 13% cheaper
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Associate's Degree 14 10% cheaper
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist Associate's Degree 14 5% cheaper
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 13 10% cheaper
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 13 7% cheaper
Network and System Administration/Administrator Associate's Degree 13 13% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Associate's Degree 13 8% cheaper
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 12 6% cheaper
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 12 7% cheaper
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager Associate's Degree 10 18% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 10 16% cheaper
Applied Horticulture/Horticultural Business Services, Other Associate's Degree 9 24% cheaper
Surveying Engineering Associate's Degree 9 6% cheaper
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 23% cheaper
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 9 13% cheaper
Finance, General Associate's Degree 7 23% cheaper
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD Associate's Degree 6 14% cheaper
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 5 4% cheaper
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 11% cheaper
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 11% cheaper
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management Associate's Degree 5 6% cheaper
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 15% cheaper
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations Associate's Degree 4 8% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Associate's Degree 4 23% cheaper
Community Organization and Advocacy Associate's Degree 3 24% cheaper
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Associate's Degree 3 12% cheaper
Telecommunications Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 14% cheaper
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Associate's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Biotechnology Associate's Degree 2 1% costlier
Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Construction Trades, General Associate's Degree 2 2% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 1 12% cheaper
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 13% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 1 13% cheaper


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About Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College is a two year community college located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Full time enrollment is 5,885 and part time is 8,348.  Kirkwood 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 Kirkwood Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Kirkwood Community College
6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Kirkwood 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.

Kirkwood Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153737 IPEDS survey data.