Iowa Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2019

How much does it cost to attend public college in Iowa?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in Iowa was $7,466 for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is a change of $808 from the 2015-2016 average of $6,658 and represents a 12.14% annual increase. The list of Iowa public colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Public schools are partially funded by the taxpayers of Iowa and usually offer lower tuition to in-state residents.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 19 public colleges and universities in Iowa, the most popular being Iowa State University with 32,300 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $7,456. University of Iowa is the most expensive public school in Iowa with an in-state tuition of $7,486.

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 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Explore Iowa Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny, 6,644 Students
$4,530 - -
Eastern Iowa Community College District
Davenport, 2,635 Students
$4,960 - -
Ellsworth Community College
Iowa Falls, 611 Students
$4,032 - -
Hawkeye Community College
Waterloo, 2,620 Students
$4,828 - -
Indian Hills Community College
Ottumwa, 2,411 Students
$4,080 - -
Iowa Central Community College
Fort Dodge, 2,899 Students
$4,920 - -
Iowa Lakes Community College
Estherville, 1,030 Students
$5,504 - -
Iowa State University  Best Value
Ames, 32,300 Students
$7,456 58 76
Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs, 2,893 Students
$5,120 - -
Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, 5,885 Students
$4,536 - -
Marshalltown Community College
Marshalltown, 789 Students
$4,032 - -
North Iowa Area Community College
Mason City, 1,370 Students
$4,433 - -
Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar
Calmar, 1,326 Students
$4,564 - -
Northwest Iowa Community College
Sheldon, 596 Students
$4,860 - -
Southeastern Community College
West Burlington, 1,312 Students
$5,280 - -
Southwestern Community College
Creston, 728 Students
$5,274 - -
University of Iowa  Best Value
Iowa City, 25,624 Students
$7,486 63 77
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, 9,703 Students
$7,456 57 75
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Sioux City, 1,988 Students
$3,504 - -