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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 2017/2018 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 $16,630.

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 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Iowa's Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Total Cost
Out of State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$16,630
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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$18,223
Out of State Total Cost
3) Purdue Global Davenport Campus
Davenport, Private For Profit
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$20,300
Out of State Total Cost
4) Purdue Global Council Bluffs Campus
Council Bluffs, Private For Profit
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$20,312
Out of State Total Cost
5) Purdue Global Mason City Campus
Mason City, Private For Profit
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$20,312
Out of State Total Cost
6) Purdue Global Cedar Rapids Campus
Cedar Rapids, Private For Profit
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$20,312
Out of State Total Cost
7) Purdue Global Cedar Falls Campus
Cedar Falls, Private For Profit
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$20,312
Out of State Total Cost
8) Purdue Global Des Moines Campus
Urbandale, Private For Profit
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$20,546
Out of State Total Cost
9) Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport
Davenport, Private Not 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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$24,628
Out of State Total Cost
12) Mercy College of Health Sciences
Des Moines, Private Not For Profit
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$24,905
Out of State Total Cost
13) Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Ankeny, Private Not For Profit
56 73
$26,220
Out of State Total Cost
14) Emmaus Bible College
Dubuque, Private Not For Profit
75 76
$26,707
Out of State Total Cost
15) Allen College
Waterloo, Private Not For Profit
- -
$28,922
Out of State Total Cost
16) University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, Public Not For Profit
57 75
$30,387
Out of State Total Cost
17) Waldorf College
Forest City, Private For Profit
- -
$32,012
Out of State Total Cost
18) Iowa State University
Ames, Public Not For Profit
58 76
$33,176
Out of State Total Cost
19) William Penn University
Oskaloosa, Private Not For Profit
31 39
$35,930
Out of State Total Cost
20) Maharishi University of Management
Fairfield, Private Not For Profit
- -
$36,166
Out of State Total Cost
21) Grand View University
Des Moines, Private Not For Profit
22 18
$37,840
Out of State Total Cost
22) Graceland University Lamoni
Lamoni, Private Not For Profit
57 68
$39,765
Out of State Total Cost
23) Briar Cliff University
Sioux City, Private Not For Profit
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$40,110
Out of State Total Cost
24) University of Dubuque
Dubuque, Private Not For Profit
26 19
$40,300
Out of State Total Cost
25) Dordt College
Sioux Center, Private Not For Profit
61 60
$40,550
Out of State Total Cost
26) Northwestern College
Orange City, Private Not For Profit
70 69
$40,920
Out of State Total Cost
27) Upper Iowa University
Fayette, Private Not For Profit
50 65
$41,088
Out of State Total Cost
28) Mount Mercy University
Cedar Rapids, Private Not For Profit
54 63
$41,219
Out of State Total Cost
29) Morningside College
Sioux City, Private Not For Profit
65 68
$41,500
Out of State Total Cost
30) Saint Ambrose University
Davenport, Private Not For Profit
58 58
$41,826
Out of State Total Cost
31) Loras College
Dubuque, Private Not For Profit
52 61
$42,009
Out of State Total Cost
32) University of Iowa
Iowa City, Public Not For Profit
63 77
$42,690
Out of State Total Cost
33) Clarke University
Dubuque, Private Not For Profit
57 59
$42,776
Out of State Total Cost
34) Iowa Wesleyan College
Mount Pleasant, Private Not For Profit
42 53
$43,343
Out of State Total Cost
35) Buena Vista University
Storm Lake, Private Not For Profit
60 68
$46,965
Out of State Total Cost
36) Simpson College
Indianola, Private Not For Profit
57 63
$47,249
Out of State Total Cost
37) Central College
Pella, Private Not For Profit
65 65
$50,320
Out of State Total Cost
38) Drake University
Des Moines, Private Not For Profit
74 63
$50,578
Out of State Total Cost
39) Wartburg College
Waverly, Private Not For Profit
61 63
$51,030
Out of State Total Cost
40) Luther College
Decorah, Private Not For Profit
69 63
$51,329
Out of State Total Cost
41) Cornell College
Mount Vernon, Private Not For Profit
70 66
$52,570
Out of State Total Cost
42) Coe College
Cedar Rapids, Private Not For Profit
80 72
$64,014
Out of State Total Cost
43) Grinnell College
Grinnell, Private Not For Profit
96 74