Iowa Out of State Total Cost Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in Iowa by Out of State Total Cost for 2021

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 University of Phoenix Des Moines Campus in West Des Moines with an out of 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 2019/2020 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2019/2020 academic year.

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Iowa's Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Total Cost
College Out of 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

$17,540 NA NA
#3 Purdue Global Mason City Campus

Mason City, Private For Profit

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

Cedar Rapids, Private For Profit

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

Davenport, Private For Profit

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

Cedar Falls, Private For Profit

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

Urbandale, Private For Profit

$19,302 NA NA
#8 Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport

Davenport, Private Not For Profit

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

Council Bluffs, Private For Profit

$20,300 NA NA
#10 AIB College of Business

Des Moines, Private Not For Profit

$22,185 NA NA
#11 Hamilton Technical College

Davenport, Private For Profit

$22,250 NA NA
#12 Maharishi University of Management

Fairfield, Private Not For Profit

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

Ankeny, Private Not For Profit

$25,573 NA NA
#14 Mercy College of Health Sciences

Des Moines, Private Not For Profit

$25,818 NA NA
#15 Allen College

Waterloo, Private Not For Profit

$27,532 NA NA
#16 Emmaus Bible College

Dubuque, Private Not For Profit

$28,300 49 58
#17 University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Public Not For Profit

$31,282 57 35
#18 Waldorf College

Forest City, Private For Profit

$31,318 NA NA
#19 William Penn University

Oskaloosa, Private Not For Profit

$34,450 31 12
#20 Iowa State University

Ames, Public Not For Profit

$34,698 60 69
#21 Graceland University Lamoni

Lamoni, Private Not For Profit

$40,920 47 71
#22 Grand View University

Des Moines, Private Not For Profit

$41,048 36 25
#23 Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Private Not For Profit

$41,951 45 52
#24 Dordt College

Sioux Center, Private Not For Profit

$42,900 60 53
#25 Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, Private Not For Profit

$42,906 NA NA
#26 Northwestern College

Orange City, Private Not For Profit

$43,150 59 65
#27 Iowa Wesleyan College

Mount Pleasant, Private Not For Profit

$43,710 38 4
#28 Morningside College

Sioux City, Private Not For Profit

$43,860 47 43
#29 University of Iowa

Iowa City, Public Not For Profit

$43,919 69 80
#30 Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, Private Not For Profit

$44,156 62 60
#31 Loras College

Dubuque, Private Not For Profit

$44,743 45 44
#32 Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, Private Not For Profit

$45,097 52 67
#33 Clarke University

Dubuque, Private Not For Profit

$46,000 52 7
#34 Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Private Not For Profit

$46,065 56 86
#35 University of Dubuque

Dubuque, Private Not For Profit

$46,730 33 4
#36 Central College

Pella, Private Not For Profit

$50,203 60 82
#37 Simpson College

Indianola, Private Not For Profit

$50,724 58 88
#38 Wartburg College

Waverly, Private Not For Profit

$54,310 57 77
#39 Drake University

Des Moines, Private Not For Profit

$54,788 77 85
#40 Luther College

Decorah, Private Not For Profit

$54,870 65 88
#41 Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Private Not For Profit

$54,936 62 71
#42 Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Private Not For Profit

$56,400 NA NA
#43 Grinnell College

Grinnell, Private Not For Profit

$68,546 88 95