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Cheapest Colleges in Iowa by Out of State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university in Iowa but aren't a state resident, these are the least expensive out of state colleges to consider. Additionally, if you are a foreign citizen and cannot qualify for in-state tuition, these are the cheapest universities in Iowa for international students.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published out of 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 out of 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 out of state total cost list price for the 2018/2019 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 Divine Word College in Epworth with an out of state total cost of $17,110.

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 rating methodology.

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.

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Iowa's Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Total Cost
Out of State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$17,110
Out of State Total Cost
1) Divine Word College
Epworth, Private Not For Profit
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$17,310
Out of State Total Cost
2) University of Phoenix Des Moines Campus
West Des Moines, Private For Profit
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$19,302
Out of State Total Cost
3) Purdue Global Mason City Campus
Mason City, Private For Profit
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$19,302
Out of State Total Cost
4) Purdue Global Cedar Rapids Campus
Cedar Rapids, Private For Profit
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$19,302
Out of State Total Cost
5) Purdue Global Davenport Campus
Davenport, Private For Profit
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$19,302
Out of State Total Cost
6) Purdue Global Cedar Falls Campus
Cedar Falls, Private For Profit
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$19,302
Out of State Total Cost
7) Purdue Global Des Moines Campus
Urbandale, Private For Profit
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$19,919
Out of State Total Cost
8) Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport
Davenport, Private Not For Profit
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$20,300
Out of State Total Cost
9) Purdue Global Council Bluffs Campus
Council Bluffs, Private For Profit
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$22,185
Out of State Total Cost
10) AIB College of Business
Des Moines, Private Not For Profit
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$22,250
Out of State Total Cost
11) Hamilton Technical College
Davenport, Private For Profit
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$24,930
Out of State Total Cost
12) Maharishi University of Management
Fairfield, Private Not For Profit
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$24,999
Out of State Total Cost
13) Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Ankeny, Private Not For Profit
54 72
$25,064
Out of State Total Cost
14) Mercy College of Health Sciences
Des Moines, Private Not For Profit
- -
$27,144
Out of State Total Cost
15) Allen College
Waterloo, Private Not For Profit
- -
$27,500
Out of State Total Cost
16) Emmaus Bible College
Dubuque, Private Not For Profit
45 71
$29,328
Out of State Total Cost
17) University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Public Not For Profit
55 71
$30,923
Out of State Total Cost
18) Waldorf College
Forest City, Private For Profit
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$33,160
Out of State Total Cost
19) Iowa State University
Ames, Public Not For Profit
57 75
$33,802
Out of State Total Cost
20) William Penn University
Oskaloosa, Private Not For Profit
- -
$37,610
Out of State Total Cost
21) Grand View University
Des Moines, Private Not For Profit
23 21
$39,320
Out of State Total Cost
22) Graceland University Lamoni
Lamoni, Private Not For Profit
49 63
$40,464
Out of State Total Cost
23) Upper Iowa University
Fayette, Private Not For Profit
53 55
$41,189
Out of State Total Cost
24) Briar Cliff University
Sioux City, Private Not For Profit
- -
$41,570
Out of State Total Cost
25) Dordt College
Sioux Center, Private Not For Profit
66 61
$41,600
Out of State Total Cost
26) Northwestern College
Orange City, Private Not For Profit
64 63
$42,463
Out of State Total Cost
27) Morningside College
Sioux City, Private Not For Profit
60 63
$42,684
Out of State Total Cost
28) Saint Ambrose University
Davenport, Private Not For Profit
64 61
$42,776
Out of State Total Cost
29) Iowa Wesleyan College
Mount Pleasant, Private Not For Profit
38 34
$42,852
Out of State Total Cost
30) Mount Mercy University
Cedar Rapids, Private Not For Profit
59 62
$43,355
Out of State Total Cost
31) University of Iowa
Iowa City, Public Not For Profit
62 76
$43,559
Out of State Total Cost
32) Loras College
Dubuque, Private Not For Profit
40 52
$44,280
Out of State Total Cost
33) Clarke University
Dubuque, Private Not For Profit
38 30
$44,541
Out of State Total Cost
34) Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, Private Not For Profit
55 63
$44,990
Out of State Total Cost
35) University of Dubuque
Dubuque, Private Not For Profit
29 23
$48,848
Out of State Total Cost
36) Simpson College
Indianola, Private Not For Profit
55 59
$48,899
Out of State Total Cost
37) Central College
Pella, Private Not For Profit
63 64
$52,375
Out of State Total Cost
38) Wartburg College
Waverly, Private Not For Profit
56 59
$52,790
Out of State Total Cost
39) Luther College
Decorah, Private Not For Profit
75 65
$53,006
Out of State Total Cost
40) Cornell College
Mount Vernon, Private Not For Profit
78 65
$53,024
Out of State Total Cost
41) Drake University
Des Moines, Private Not For Profit
75 62
$54,530
Out of State Total Cost
42) Coe College
Cedar Rapids, Private Not For Profit
70 69
$66,102
Out of State Total Cost
43) Grinnell College
Grinnell, Private Not For Profit
96 69