Public Colleges in Iowa

The 2021 Directory of Iowa Public Colleges and Costs

Iowa Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2021

How much does it cost to attend public college in Iowa?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in Iowa was $7,926 for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a change of $201 from the 2018-2019 average of $7,725 and represents a 2.6% 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 31,213 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $8,042. University of Iowa is the most expensive public school in Iowa with an in-state tuition of $8,073.

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.

<Academic 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, Iowa

$4,800 NA NA
Eastern Iowa Community College District

Davenport, Iowa

$5,376 NA NA
Ellsworth Community College

Iowa Falls, Iowa

$4,272 NA NA
Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, Iowa

$5,368 NA NA
Indian Hills Community College

Ottumwa, Iowa

$4,320 NA NA
Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge, Iowa

$4,980 NA NA
Iowa Lakes Community College

Estherville, Iowa

$5,856 NA NA
Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

$8,042 60 69
Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, Iowa

$5,696 NA NA
Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

$4,928 NA NA
Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown, Iowa

$4,272 NA NA
North Iowa Area Community College

Mason City, Iowa

$4,793 NA NA
Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar

Calmar, Iowa

$5,220 NA NA
Northwest Iowa Community College

Sheldon, Iowa

$5,190 NA NA
Southeastern Community College

West Burlington, Iowa

$5,520 NA NA
Southwestern Community College

Creston, Iowa

$5,722 NA NA
University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

$8,073 69 80
University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

$7,665 57 35
Western Iowa Tech Community College

Sioux City, Iowa

$3,672 NA NA