Iowa Out of State Tuition Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in Iowa by Out of State Tuition for 2021

Cheapest Colleges in Iowa by Out of State Tuition

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 tuition. 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 tuition 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.

The most affordable four year colleges in Iowa are listed by one year's out of state tuition list price for the 2018/2019 school year.

What is the cheapest college in Iowa? Leading the colleges list is Palmer College of Chiropractic Davenport in Davenport with an out of state tuition of $9,120.

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 Tuition
College Out of State Tuition Rating Value
#21 Graceland University Lamoni

Lamoni, Private Not For Profit

$29,750 47 71
#22 Grand View University

Des Moines, Private Not For Profit

$29,792 36 25
#23 University of Iowa

Iowa City, Public Not For Profit

$30,036 69 80
#24 Iowa Wesleyan College

Mount Pleasant, Private Not For Profit

$30,530 38 4
#25 Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Private Not For Profit

$30,810 45 52
#26 Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, Private Not For Profit

$30,988 NA NA
#27 Dordt College

Sioux Center, Private Not For Profit

$31,210 60 53
#28 Morningside College

Sioux City, Private Not For Profit

$31,220 47 43
#29 Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, Private Not For Profit

$31,532 62 60
#30 Northwestern College

Orange City, Private Not For Profit

$32,100 59 65
#31 Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, Private Not For Profit

$32,862 52 67
#32 Loras College

Dubuque, Private Not For Profit

$33,500 45 44
#33 Clarke University

Dubuque, Private Not For Profit

$33,600 52 7
#34 University of Dubuque

Dubuque, Private Not For Profit

$34,070 33 4
#35 Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Private Not For Profit

$35,194 56 86
#36 Central College

Pella, Private Not For Profit

$38,600 60 82
#37 Simpson College

Indianola, Private Not For Profit

$39,910 58 88
#38 Wartburg College

Waverly, Private Not For Profit

$41,830 57 77
#39 Drake University

Des Moines, Private Not For Profit

$42,694 77 85
#40 Luther College

Decorah, Private Not For Profit

$43,500 65 88