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Iowa Private Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2020

How much does it cost to attend private college in Iowa?   The average annual in-state four year, not for profit private college tuition in Iowa was $29,303 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a change of $2,378 from the 2015-2016 average of $26,925 and represents a 8.83% annual increase. The list of Iowa private colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 43 private colleges and universities in Iowa, the most popular being Purdue Global Davenport Campus with 7,274 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $13,356. Grinnell College is the most expensive private school in Iowa with an in-state tuition of $51,924.

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
AIB College of Business
Des Moines, 282 Students
$15,300 - -
Allen College
Waterloo, 406 Students
$17,304 - -
Briar Cliff University
Sioux City, 838 Students
$29,796 - -
Brown Mackie College Quad Cities
Bettendorf, 67 Students
$11,592 - -
Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, 1,405 Students
$34,004 55 63
Central College
Pella, 1,077 Students
$37,296 63 64
Clarke University
Dubuque, 878 Students
$32,300 38 30
Coe College
Cedar Rapids, 1,392 Students
$43,700 70 69
Cornell College  Best Value
Mount Vernon, 1,019 Students
$41,874 78 65
Divine Word College
Epworth, 57 Students
$13,000 - -
Dordt College
Sioux Center, 1,343 Students
$30,300 66 61
Drake University  Best Value
Des Moines, 3,760 Students
$41,250 75 62
Emmaus Bible College
Dubuque, 219 Students
$18,400 45 71
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Ankeny, 251 Students
$16,274 54 72
Graceland University Lamoni
Lamoni, 1,472 Students
$28,600 49 63
Grand View University
Des Moines, 1,619 Students
$26,922 23 21
Grinnell College  Best Value
Grinnell, 1,679 Students
$51,924 96 69
Hamilton Technical College
Davenport, 134 Students
$14,250 - -
Iowa Wesleyan College
Mount Pleasant, 570 Students
$23,600 38 34
Loras College
Dubuque, 1,414 Students
$32,524 40 52