The price of education: Which Iowa schools charge the lowest in-state tuition?


Iowa residents pay the lowest in-state tuition at Indian Hills Community College, Western Iowa Tech Community College and Des Moines Area Community College, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of federal data.

The analysis includes the cost of tuition only for the 2018-19 academic year reported to the U.S. Department of Education.

Where do residents pay the lowest in-state tuition?

Rank
School
City
Enrollment
2018-19 tuition
1
Indian Hills Community College
Ottumwa
4,090
$4,224
2
Western Iowa Tech Community College
City
5,731
$4,272
3
Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny
22,982
$4,680
4
Ellsworth Community College
Falls
851
$4,776
5
Marshalltown Community College
Marshalltown
2,028
$4,776
6
Shiloh University
Kalona
53
$4,800
7
Kirkwood Community College
Rapids
14,049
$4,832
8
Eastern Iowa Community College District
Davenport
7,666
$5,184
9
Hawkeye Community College
Waterloo
5,605
$5,311
10
North Iowa Area Community College
City
2,947
$5,408
11
Iowa Central Community College
Dodge
5,788
$5,490
12
Southeastern Community College
Burlington
2,658
$5,580
13
Northeast Iowa Community College
Calmar
4,536
$5,820
14
Southwestern Community College
Creston
1,574
$5,888
15
Iowa Western Community College
Bluffs
6,080
$5,952
16
Northwest Iowa Community College
Sheldon
1,646
$6,120
17
Iowa Lakes Community College
Estherville
2,011
$6,460
18
University of Northern Iowa
Falls
11,861
$8,938
19
Iowa State University
Ames
36,158
$8,988
20
Palmer College of Chiropractic
Davenport
2,237
$9,225
21
University of Iowa
City
32,166
$9,267
22
Carlson College of Massage Therapy
Anamosa
45
$9,500
23
Divine Word College
Epworth
71
$13,160
24
Faust Institute of Cosmetology-Spirit Lake
Lake
11
$13,450
25
Faust Institute of Cosmetology-Storm Lake
Lake
25
$13,450
26
Hamilton Technical College
Davenport
134
$14,250
27
Kaplan University-Mason City Campus
City
167
$14,343
28
Kaplan University-Davenport Campus
Davenport
33,287
$14,343
29
Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus
Falls
245
$14,343
30
Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus
Rapids
470
$14,343
31
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus
Urbandale
760
$14,343
32
Ross College-Quad Cities
Bettendorf
73
$15,740
33
The Salon Professional Academy
Falls
48
$16,000
34
Maharishi University of Management
Fairfield
1,646
$16,530
35
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Ankeny
356
$16,876
36
American Hair Academy
Pleasant
24
$17,590
37
Iowa School of Beauty-Sioux City
City
43
$17,640
38
Iowa School of Beauty-Marshalltown
Marshalltown
6
$17,640
39
Iowa School of Beauty-Des Moines
Moines
45
$17,640
40
Iowa School of Beauty-Ottumwa
Ottumwa
53
$17,640
41
La James College of Hairstyling and Cosmetology
City
52
$17,650
42
Capri College-Davenport
Davenport
128
$17,780
43
Capri College-Dubuque
Dubuque
167
$17,780
44
Capri College-Cedar Rapids
Rapids
145
$17,780
45
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Moines
758
$17,952
46
Emmaus Bible College
Dubuque
267
$18,400
47
La James International College-Iowa City
City
45
$18,660
48
La James International College-Davenport
Davenport
80
$18,660
49
La James International College-Ft Dodge
Dodge
40
$18,660
50
La James International College-Cedar Falls
Falls
25
$18,660
51
La James International College-Johnston
Johnston
73
$18,660
52
Allen College
Waterloo
622
$18,662
53
E Q School of Hair Design
Bluffs
48
$18,850
54
St Luke's College
City
274
$20,440
55
Aveda Institute-Des Moines
Moines
138
$21,100
56
American College of Hairstyling-Des Moines
Moines
26
$21,977
57
Waldorf University
City
2,487
$22,076
58
PCI Academy-Ames
Ames
95
$22,604
59
Iowa Wesleyan University
Pleasant
629
$24,600
60
William Penn University
Oskaloosa
1,339
$25,600
61
Grand View University
Moines
1,836
$27,608
62
Graceland University-Lamoni
Lamoni
2,262
$29,240
63
Upper Iowa University
Fayette
4,943
$30,450
64
Dordt College
Center
1,533
$30,840
65
Saint Ambrose University
Davenport
3,114
$30,894
66
Briar Cliff University
City
1,186
$30,970
67
Northwestern College
City
1,243
$31,100
68
Morningside College
City
2,788
$31,530
69
Mount Mercy University
Rapids
1,848
$31,998
70
Clarke University
Dubuque
1,039
$33,350
71
Buena Vista University
Lake
1,982
$34,004
72
University of Dubuque
Dubuque
2,366
$34,110
73
Loras College
Dubuque
1,467
$34,184
74
Central College
Pella
1,237
$37,296
75
Simpson College
Indianola
1,479
$39,144
76
Wartburg College
Waverly
1,527
$41,280
77
Drake University
Moines
4,904
$41,396
78
Luther College
Decorah
2,053
$42,290
79
Cornell College
Vernon
1,009
$42,299
80
Coe College
Rapids
1,394
$44,050
81
Grinnell College
Grinnell
1,712
$52,392

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Allen College American College of Hairstyling-Des Moines American Hair Academy Aveda Institute-Des Moines Briar Cliff University Buena Vista University Capri College-Cedar Rapids Capri College-Davenport Capri College-Dubuque Carlson College of Massage Therapy Central College Clarke University Coe College Cornell College Des Moines Area Community College Divine Word College Dordt College Drake University E Q School of Hair Design Eastern Iowa Community College District Ellsworth Community College Emmaus Bible College Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary Faust Institute of Cosmetology-Spirit Lake Faust Institute of Cosmetology-Storm Lake Graceland University-Lamoni Grand View University Grinnell College Hamilton Technical College Hawkeye Community College Indian Hills Community College Iowa Central Community College Iowa Lakes Community College Iowa School of Beauty-Des Moines Iowa School of Beauty-Marshalltown Iowa School of Beauty-Ottumwa Iowa School of Beauty-Sioux City Iowa State University Iowa Wesleyan University Iowa Western Community College Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus Kaplan University-Davenport Campus Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus Kaplan University-Mason City Campus Kirkwood Community College La James College of Hairstyling and Cosmetology La James International College-Cedar Falls La James International College-Davenport La James International College-Ft Dodge La James International College-Iowa City La James International College-Johnston Loras College Luther College Maharishi University of Management Marshalltown Community College Mercy College of Health Sciences Morningside College Mount Mercy University North Iowa Area Community College Northeast Iowa Community College Northwest Iowa Community College Northwestern College (IA) Palmer College of Chiropractic PCI Academy-Ames Ross College-Quad Cities Saint Ambrose University Shiloh University Simpson College Southeastern Community College Southwestern Community College St Luke's College The Salon Professional Academy University of Dubuque University of Iowa University of Northern Iowa Upper Iowa University Waldorf University Wartburg College Western Iowa Tech Community College William Penn University

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