Colleges in Iowa

Iowa has 44 private and 3 public 4-year colleges that enroll 138,406 freshman students every year. The average tuition of public colleges is $7,108 (for in-state students) and $21,823 (for out-of-state students). The private colleges charge around $22,186 per year in tuition regardless of residency.

In the 2016-2017 academic year, the state of Iowa provided $10,951,061 in financial aid to 2,134 students who enrolled in 4-year colleges for the first time as undergraduates, while the colleges themselves awarded $214,727,841 in grant and scholarships to 17,578 students.

Iowa receives less than 1% of the total pell grant allotment from the federal government. In 2016-2017 academic year, 5,533 4-year colleges freshmen were awarded a total amount of $22,384,503 in pell grant ($4,131 per student on average) and 12,179 students received a total amount of $72,201,285 in the form of student loan from the federal government ($6,037 per student on average).

4-year Colleges in Iowa

College Name College Type Net Price In-State Tuition Out-of-State Tuition Acceptance rate
Allen College

Location: Waterloo, IA

Private
not for profit
$16,464 $16,464
Briar Cliff University

Location: Sioux City, IA

Private
not for profit
$18,818 $27,684 $27,684
Open admission
Buena Vista University

Location: Storm Lake, IA

Private
not for profit
$21,476 $32,210 $32,210
64%
Central College

Location: Pella, IA

Private
not for profit
$22,695 $34,612 $34,612
73%
Clarke University

Location: Dubuque, IA

Private
not for profit
$23,787 $29,900 $29,900
65%
Coe College

Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Private
not for profit
$21,870 $40,670 $40,670
50%
Cornell College

Location: Mount Vernon, IA

Private
not for profit
$27,915 $39,675 $39,675
71%
Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center

Location: Des Moines, IA

Private
not for profit
Divine Word College

Location: Epworth, IA

Private
not for profit
$6,917 $12,500 $12,500
Dordt College

Location: Sioux Center, IA

Private
not for profit
$24,109 $28,630 $28,630
72%
Drake University

Location: Des Moines, IA

Private
not for profit
$28,088 $35,060 $35,060
69%
Emmaus Bible College

Location: Dubuque, IA

Private
not for profit
$12,937 $15,730 $15,730
36%
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

Location: Ankeny, IA

Private
not for profit
$15,972 $16,274 $16,274
66%
Graceland University-Lamoni

Location: Lamoni, IA

Private
not for profit
$16,547 $26,440 $26,440
48%
Grand View University

Location: Des Moines, IA

Private
not for profit
$19,312 $24,794 $24,794
97%
Grinnell College

Location: Grinnell, IA

Private
not for profit
$30,010 $48,322 $48,322
20%
Hamilton Technical College

Location: Davenport, IA

Private
for profit
$16,635 $14,250 $14,250
Open admission
Iowa State University

Location: Ames, IA

Public $13,623 $7,098 $20,462
87%
Iowa Wesleyan University

Location: Mount Pleasant, IA

Private
not for profit
$21,543 $22,516 $28,146
51%
Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus

Location: Cedar Falls, IA

Private
for profit
$21,960
Open admission
Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus

Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Private
for profit
$16,482
Open admission
Kaplan University-Davenport Campus

Location: Davenport, IA

Private
for profit
$18,462
Open admission
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus

Location: Urbandale, IA

Private
for profit
$18,965
Open admission
Kaplan University-Mason City Campus

Location: Mason City, IA

Private
for profit
$17,482
Open admission
Loras College

Location: Dubuque, IA

Private
not for profit
$17,958 $30,065 $30,065
92%
Luther College

Location: Decorah, IA

Private
not for profit
$25,404 $39,760 $39,760
68%
Maharishi University of Management

Location: Fairfield, IA

Private
not for profit
$19,199 $27,000 $27,000
51%
Mercy College of Health Sciences

Location: Des Moines, IA

Private
not for profit
$20,585 $16,920 $16,920
Open admission
Morningside College

Location: Sioux City, IA

Private
not for profit
$21,304 $27,620 $27,620
57%
Mount Mercy University

Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Private
not for profit
$20,112 $29,496 $29,496
62%
Northwestern College

Location: Orange City, IA

Private
not for profit
$22,627 $29,300 $29,300
66%
Palmer College of Chiropractic

Location: Davenport, IA

Private
not for profit
$23,098 $8,814 $8,814
Open admission
Saint Ambrose University

Location: Davenport, IA

Private
not for profit
$24,054 $28,870 $28,870
64%
Shiloh University

Location: Kalona, IA

Private
not for profit
$4,500 $4,500
Simpson College

Location: Indianola, IA

Private
not for profit
$23,374 $35,209 $35,209
85%
St Luke's College

Location: Sioux City, IA

Private
not for profit
$19,560 $18,900 $18,900
50%
University of Dubuque

Location: Dubuque, IA

Private
not for profit
$21,069 $27,400 $27,400
76%
University of Iowa

Location: Iowa City, IA

Public $14,161 $7,128 $27,366
84%
University of Northern Iowa

Location: Cedar Falls, IA

Public $14,831 $7,098 $17,640
83%
University of Phoenix-Iowa

Location: Des Moines, IA

Private
for profit
Upper Iowa University

Location: Fayette, IA

Private
not for profit
$23,405 $28,140 $28,140
56%
Waldorf University

Location: Forest City, IA

Private
for profit
$17,112 $20,160 $20,160
67%
Wartburg College

Location: Waverly, IA

Private
not for profit
$22,416 $37,400 $37,400
68%
Wartburg Theological Seminary

Location: Dubuque, IA

Private
not for profit
William Penn University

Location: Oskaloosa, IA

Private
not for profit
$20,897 $23,780 $23,780
59%

2-year Colleges in Iowa

College Name College Type Net Price In-State Tuition Out-of-State Tuition Acceptance rate
American College of Hairstyling-Des Moines

Location: Des Moines, IA

Private
for profit
$10,687 $21,977 $21,977
Open admission
American Hair Academy

Location: Mt. Pleasant, IA

Private
for profit
$10,281 $16,590 $16,590
Open admission
Aveda Institute-Des Moines

Location: West Des Moines, IA

Private
for profit
$11,244 $21,100 $21,100
Open admission
Brown Mackie College-Quad Cities

Location: Bettendorf, IA

Private
for profit
$19,556 $11,592 $11,592
Open admission
Capri College-Cedar Rapids

Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Private
for profit
$13,754 $17,280 $17,280
Open admission
Capri College-Davenport

Location: Davenport, IA

Private
for profit
$12,425 $17,280 $17,280
Open admission
Capri College-Dubuque

Location: Dubuque, IA

Private
for profit
$10,252 $17,280 $17,280
Open admission
Des Moines Area Community College

Location: Ankeny, IA

Public $10,385 $4,410 $8,820
Open admission
E Q School of Hair Design

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

Private
for profit
$7,816 $18,625 $18,625
Open admission
Eastern Iowa Community College District

Location: Davenport, IA

Public $9,373 $4,570 $6,912
Open admission
Ellsworth Community College

Location: Iowa Falls, IA

Public $10,496 $3,912 $4,800
Open admission
Faust Institute of Cosmetology-Spirit Lake

Location: Spirit Lake, IA

Private
for profit
$10,573 $12,950 $12,950
Open admission
Faust Institute of Cosmetology-Storm Lake

Location: Storm Lake, IA

Private
for profit
$5,398 $12,950 $12,950
Open admission
Hawkeye Community College

Location: Waterloo, IA

Public $9,887 $4,572 $5,282
Open admission
Indian Hills Community College

Location: Ottumwa, IA

Public $8,762
Open admission
Iowa Central Community College

Location: Fort Dodge, IA

Public $9,229 $5,160 $7,395
Open admission
Iowa Lakes Community College

Location: Estherville, IA

Public $8,537 $5,344 $5,696
Open admission
Iowa School of Beauty-Des Moines

Location: Des Moines, IA

Private
for profit
$9,375 $16,800 $16,800
Open admission
Iowa School of Beauty-Marshalltown

Location: Marshalltown, IA

Private
for profit
$11,020 $16,800 $16,800
Open admission
Iowa School of Beauty-Ottumwa

Location: Ottumwa, IA

Private
for profit
$9,939 $16,800 $16,800
Open admission
Iowa School of Beauty-Sioux City

Location: Sioux City, IA

Private
for profit
$10,892 $16,800 $16,800
Open admission
Iowa Western Community College

Location: Council Bluffs, IA

Public $10,030 $5,024 $5,184
Open admission
Kirkwood Community College

Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Public $9,929 $4,312 $5,152
Open admission
La James College of Hairstyling and Cosmetology

Location: Mason City, IA

Private
for profit
$9,603 $17,650 $17,650
Open admission
La James International College-Cedar Falls

Location: Cedar Falls, IA

Private
for profit
$13,652 $18,660 $18,660
Open admission
La James International College-Davenport

Location: Davenport, IA

Private
for profit
$10,551 $18,660 $18,660
Open admission
La James International College-Ft Dodge

Location: Fort Dodge, IA

Private
for profit
$11,012 $18,660 $18,660
Open admission
La James International College-Iowa City

Location: Iowa City, IA

Private
for profit
$13,601 $18,660 $18,660
Open admission
La James International College-Johnston

Location: Johnston, IA

Private
for profit
$10,571 $18,660 $18,660
Open admission
Marshalltown Community College

Location: Marshalltown, IA

Public $8,625 $3,912 $4,200
Open admission
Mercy-St Luke's School of Radiologic Technology

Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Private
not for profit
North Iowa Area Community College

Location: Mason City, IA

Public $8,957 $4,223 $6,333
Open admission
Northeast Iowa Community College

Location: Calmar, IA

Public $8,872 $4,480 $4,620
Open admission
Northwest Iowa Community College

Location: Sheldon, IA

Public $10,089 $4,710 $5,010
Open admission
PCI Academy-Ames

Location: Ames, IA

Private
for profit
$10,746 $20,849 $20,849
Open admission
Southeastern Community College

Location: West Burlington, IA

Public $6,076 $5,100 $5,250
Open admission
Southwestern Community College

Location: Creston, IA

Public $7,706 $5,130 $5,340
Open admission
The Salon Professional Academy

Location: Waterloo, IA

Private
for profit
$9,977 $16,100 $16,100
Open admission
The Salon Professional Academy-Iowa City

Location: Iowa City, IA

Private
for profit
$7,799 $19,361 $19,361
Open admission
Total Look School of Cosmetology & Massage Therapy

Location: Cresco, IA

Private
for profit
$16,800 $16,800
Open admission
UnityPoint Health-Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology

Location: Des Moines, IA

Private
not for profit
Vatterott College-Des Moines

Location: Des Moines, IA

Private
for profit
$19,824
Open admission
Western Iowa Tech Community College

Location: Sioux City, IA

Public $8,488 $3,432 $3,456
Open admission

Vocational & Trade Schools in Iowa

College Name College Type Net Price Tuition and Fees Acceptance rate
Carlson College of Massage Therapy

Location: Anamosa, IA

Private
for profit
$11,788 $8,875
Open admission