College Costs in Iowa

The 2024 Directory of Iowa Colleges and Prices

Iowa Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2024

How much does it cost to attend college in Iowa?   The average annual in-state college tuition in Iowa was $20,299 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is $5,169 higher than the U.S. average and ranks Iowa amongst the costliest as the 8th most expensive state or district to attend college. This is a change of -$524 from the 2019-2020 average of $20,823 and represents a -2.52% annual decline in tuition costs. The list of Iowa colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

This analysis surveyed tuition data from the 62 colleges and universities in Iowa, the most popular being Iowa State University with 27,553 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $8,324. Grinnell College is the most expensive in Iowa with an in-state tuition of $58,156.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2020-2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.


62 results

Iowa State University
I
Ames, IA

Iowa State University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

$8,324 Tuition

#2 Best Public Universities in Iowa

  • 30,708enrollment
  • $16,105net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 1083-1330SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

University of Iowa
I
Iowa City, IA

University of Iowa

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

$8,356 Tuition

#1 Best Public Universities in Iowa

  • 29,909enrollment
  • $17,452net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1350SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA

Applications Due May 1

Drake University
D
Des Moines, IA

Drake University

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

$45,734 Tuition

#2 Best Colleges in Iowa

  • 4,875enrollment
  • $30,321net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1190-1410SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Grinnell College
G
Grinnell, IA

Grinnell College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

$58,156 Tuition

#1 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,748enrollment
  • $32,091net price
  • 11%acceptance rate
  • 1370-1530SAT range
  • 30-34ACT range
  • 3.89Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

Cornell College
C
Mount Vernon, IA

Cornell College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$47,100 Tuition

#5 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,055enrollment
  • $25,028net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1155-1405SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA

Northwestern College
N
Orange City, IA

Northwestern College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

$33,350 Tuition

#9 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,513enrollment
  • $24,513net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 940-1240SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.57Avg GPA

University of Northern Iowa
N
Cedar Falls, IA

University of Northern Iowa

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

$7,780 Tuition

#3 Best Public Universities in Iowa

  • 9,217enrollment
  • $16,166net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 980-1190SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA

Coe College
C
Cedar Rapids, IA

Coe College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$48,472 Tuition

 

  • 1,371enrollment
  • $21,155net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

University of Dubuque
D
Dubuque, IA

University of Dubuque

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$34,400 Tuition

#14 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 2,001enrollment
  • $27,043net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 828-1070SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.24Avg GPA

Wartburg College
W
Waverly, IA
 

Wartburg College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$45,200 Tuition

#10 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,541enrollment
  • $23,248net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 973-1198SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.48Avg GPA

Luther College
L
Decorah, IA

Luther College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$46,130 Tuition

#3 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,744enrollment
  • $25,291net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1088-1318SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA

Saint Ambrose University
S
Davenport, IA

Saint Ambrose University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$33,290 Tuition

#4 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 2,913enrollment
  • $26,497net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1190SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.39Avg GPA

Grand View University
G
Des Moines, IA
 

Grand View University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$30,224 Tuition

#16 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 1,757enrollment
  • $19,423net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • 920-1080SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 15

Kirkwood Community College
K
Cedar Rapids, IA
 

Kirkwood Community College

Public 2 Year

0 reviews

$5,208 Tuition

 

  • 12,604enrollment
  • $8,727net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Loras College
L
Dubuque, IA

Loras College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$33,500 Tuition

 

  • 1,386enrollment
  • $22,418net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.48Avg GPA

Iowa Western Community College
I
Council Bluffs, IA
 

Iowa Western Community College

Public 2 Year

1 reviews

$5,820 Tuition

 

  • 5,684enrollment
  • $10,995net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Iowa Central Community College
I
Fort Dodge, IA
 

Iowa Central Community College

Public 2 Year

0 reviews

$5,280 Tuition

 

  • 5,009enrollment
  • $9,931net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Upper Iowa University
U
Fayette, IA
 

Upper Iowa University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$32,589 Tuition

#13 Best Private Colleges in Iowa

  • 3,031enrollment
  • $23,187net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • 855-1065SAT range
  • 17-24ACT range
  • 3.34Avg GPA