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Iowa Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2020

How much does it cost to attend public college in Iowa?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in Iowa was $7,725 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a change of $1,067 from the 2015-2016 average of $6,658 and represents a 16.03% 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 $7,740. University of Iowa is the most expensive public school in Iowa with an in-state tuition of $7,770.

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
Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny, 6,430 Students
$4,680 - -
Eastern Iowa Community College District
Davenport, 2,404 Students
$5,184 - -
Ellsworth Community College
Iowa Falls, 611 Students
$4,152 - -
Hawkeye Community College
Waterloo, 2,258 Students
$5,084 - -
Indian Hills Community College
Ottumwa, 1,976 Students
$4,224 - -
Iowa Central Community College
Fort Dodge, 2,682 Students
$5,070 - -
Iowa Lakes Community College
Estherville, 994 Students
$5,728 - -
Iowa State University
Ames, 31,213 Students
$7,740 57 75
Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs, 2,555 Students
$5,408 - -
Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, 5,300 Students
$4,732 - -
Marshalltown Community College
Marshalltown, 704 Students
$4,152 - -
North Iowa Area Community College
Mason City, 1,412 Students
$4,628 - -
Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar
Calmar, 1,153 Students
$5,100 - -
Northwest Iowa Community College
Sheldon, 580 Students
$5,070 - -
Southeastern Community College
West Burlington, 1,175 Students
$5,430 - -
Southwestern Community College
Creston, 683 Students
$5,498 - -
University of Iowa  Best Value
Iowa City, 26,432 Students
$7,770 62 76
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, 9,264 Students
$7,665 55 71
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Sioux City, 1,746 Students
$3,576 - -