Iowa In State Total Cost Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in Iowa by In State Total Cost for 2022

Cheapest Colleges in Iowa by In State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university and you are a resident of Iowa these are the least expensive in state colleges to consider.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published in state total cost. It's important to research the typical financial aid package offered by a school, the average net price actually paid and most importantly the quality of education you receive for your tuition dollar. Sometimes a school which appears cheap based on list price can be a poor relative value if it can't award competitive financial aid or doesn't offer a quality education. The list below is a ranking on published in state total cost with no consideration of actual average price paid or academic quality of the school. Please see the CollegeCalc best value colleges in Iowa list for a ranking which considers school quality and average net price.

Total cost may factor in an estimated off-campus living expense if a school doens't provide housing. This estimate may vary widely by college. To view a rank by academic fees alone please see our Iowa tuition ranking.

The most affordable four year colleges in Iowa are listed by one year's in state total cost list price for the 2020/2021 school year. Total cost includes tuition, room and board or estimated off campus living expenses, books and supplies and other fees.

What is the cheapest college in Iowa? Leading the colleges list is University of Phoenix Des Moines Campus in West Des Moines with an in state total cost of $17,310.

Academic Rating is a CollegeCalc rating of a college's overall academics and effectiveness. The score ranges from zero to one hundred, with fifty being the median for all eligible colleges. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average price paid by students. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our rating methodology.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2020/2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2020/2021 academic year.

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Iowa's Cheapest Colleges by In State Total Cost
College In State Total Cost Rating Value
#1 University of Phoenix Des Moines Campus

West Des Moines, Private For Profit

$17,310 NA NA
#2 Divine Word College

Epworth, Private Not For Profit

$17,980 NA NA
#3 University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Public Not For Profit

$18,898 59 40
#4 Purdue Global Mason City Campus

Mason City, Private For Profit

$19,302 NA NA
#5 Purdue Global Cedar Rapids Campus

Cedar Rapids, Private For Profit

$19,302 NA NA
#6 Purdue Global Davenport Campus

Davenport, Private For Profit

$19,302 NA NA
#7 Purdue Global Cedar Falls Campus

Cedar Falls, Private For Profit

$19,302 NA NA
#8 Purdue Global Des Moines Campus

Urbandale, Private For Profit

$19,302 NA NA
#9 Iowa State University

Ames, Public Not For Profit

$19,510 61 71
#10 Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport

Davenport, Private Not For Profit

$19,919 NA NA
#11 Purdue Global Council Bluffs Campus

Council Bluffs, Private For Profit

$20,300 NA NA
#12 University of Iowa

Iowa City, Public Not For Profit

$22,146 69 82
#13 AIB College of Business

Des Moines, Private Not For Profit

$22,185 NA NA
#14 Hamilton Technical College

Davenport, Private For Profit

$22,275 NA NA
#15 Maharishi University of Management

Fairfield, Private Not For Profit

$24,930 NA NA
#16 Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

Ankeny, Private Not For Profit

$26,083 44 45
#17 Mercy College of Health Sciences

Des Moines, Private Not For Profit

$26,252 58 27
#18 Allen College

Waterloo, Private Not For Profit

$27,992 NA NA
#19 Emmaus Bible College

Dubuque, Private Not For Profit

$28,700 52 71
#20 Central College

Pella, Private Not For Profit

$30,203 59 98
#21 Waldorf College

Forest City, Private For Profit

$32,322 NA NA
#22 William Penn University

Oskaloosa, Private Not For Profit

$35,076 NA NA
#23 Iowa Wesleyan College

Mount Pleasant, Private Not For Profit

$37,290 27 NA
#24 Grand View University

Des Moines, Private Not For Profit

$40,548 37 28
#25 Graceland University Lamoni

Lamoni, Private Not For Profit

$42,040 52 80
#26 Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Private Not For Profit

$43,640 44 35
#27 Northwestern College

Orange City, Private Not For Profit

$43,920 55 54
#28 Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, Private Not For Profit

$44,150 NA NA
#29 Dordt College

Sioux Center, Private Not For Profit

$44,420 59 57
#30 Loras College

Dubuque, Private Not For Profit

$44,918 NA NA
#31 Morningside College

Sioux City, Private Not For Profit

$45,380 NA NA
#32 Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, Private Not For Profit

$45,432 58 52
#33 Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, Private Not For Profit

$46,938 NA NA
#34 Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Private Not For Profit

$47,153 NA NA
#35 Clarke University

Dubuque, Private Not For Profit

$47,280 58 59
#36 University of Dubuque

Dubuque, Private Not For Profit

$48,060 34 4
#37 Simpson College

Indianola, Private Not For Profit

$52,698 56 86
#38 Wartburg College

Waverly, Private Not For Profit

$56,372 54 69
#39 Drake University

Des Moines, Private Not For Profit

$56,628 76 85
#40 Luther College

Decorah, Private Not For Profit

$56,760 66 86
#41 Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Private Not For Profit

$57,264 58 75
#42 Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Private Not For Profit

$58,394 NA NA
#43 Grinnell College

Grinnell, Private Not For Profit

$71,444 88 94