Public Colleges in Iowa

The 2023 Directory of Iowa Public Colleges and Costs

Iowa Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2022

How much does it cost to attend public college in Iowa?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in Iowa was $8,153 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is a change of $227 from the 2019-2020 average of $7,926 and represents a 2.86% 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 27,553 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $8,324. University of Iowa is the most expensive public school in Iowa with an in-state tuition of $8,356.

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 2020-2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Explore Iowa Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
Des Moines Area Community College

Ankeny, Iowa

$5,220 NA NA
Eastern Iowa Community College District

Davenport, Iowa

$4,296 NA NA
Ellsworth Community College

Iowa Falls, Iowa

$4,416 NA NA
Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, Iowa

$5,818 NA NA
Indian Hills Community College

Ottumwa, Iowa

$4,560 NA NA
Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge, Iowa

$5,280 NA NA
Iowa Lakes Community College

Estherville, Iowa

$6,112 NA NA
Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

$8,324 59 67
Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, Iowa

$5,820 NA NA
Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

$5,208 NA NA
Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown, Iowa

$4,416 NA NA
North Iowa Area Community College

Mason City, Iowa

$5,153 NA NA
Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar

Calmar, Iowa

$5,400 NA NA
Northwest Iowa Community College

Sheldon, Iowa

$5,490 NA NA
Southeastern Community College

West Burlington, Iowa

$5,880 NA NA
Southwestern Community College

Creston, Iowa

$6,170 NA NA
University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

$8,356 70 83
University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

$7,780 57 37
Western Iowa Tech Community College

Sioux City, Iowa

$3,912 NA NA