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66 Colleges
8,708 Yearly Graduations
$72,912 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$28,582 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly trade school graduations, Iowa is ranked #33 in the country with 8,708 degrees handed out in 2019. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $18,228 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $19,787 a year.

An estimated 67% of college students in Iowa take out loans, with the average loan amount being $7,146 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
1,236 Yearly Degrees
$4,488 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,360 students at Western Iowa Tech Community College in total, 1,707 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

66% of Western Iowa Tech Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,972 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,900 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,126 Yearly Degrees
$5,100 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Des Moines Area Community College is 23,051, which includes 5,703 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 35% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,627 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from DMACC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
715 Yearly Degrees
$5,140 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,277 students at Kirkwood Community College in total, 4,304 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 46% of students at Kirkwood Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,686 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,500 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
550 Yearly Degrees
$5,600 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,081 students at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges in total, 2,423 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Approximately 29% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,683 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is $26,200.

#5

Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
443 Yearly Degrees
$6,120 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,331 full-time undergraduates at Iowa Western Community College, and 5,791 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 62% of students at Iowa Western Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,769 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,900 during the early-career years.

#6

Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
432 Yearly Degrees
$5,700 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,704 students at Iowa Central Community College in total, 2,341 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

54% of Iowa Central Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,372 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Iowa Central Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
404 Yearly Degrees
$4,440 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Indian Hills Community College is 3,279, which includes 1,734 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 50% of students at IHCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,824 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from IHCC is $27,700.

Public Public vs. Private
387 Yearly Degrees
$5,791 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at North Iowa Area Community College is 2,681, which includes 1,285 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

39% of North Iowa Area Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,294 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $28,500 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
333 Yearly Degrees
$6,000 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,162 students at NICC in total, 1,036 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Roughly 38% of students at NICC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,733 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from NICC is $28,900.

#10

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
312 Yearly Degrees
$5,790 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,042 students at Hawkeye Community College in total, 1,994 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

48% of Hawkeye Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,002 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Hawkeye Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#11

Southeastern Community College

West Burlington, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
240 Yearly Degrees
$5,910 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,260 students at Southeastern Community College in total, 1,099 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

33% of Southeastern Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,253 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Southeastern Community College is $25,700.

Public Public vs. Private
224 Yearly Degrees
$6,390 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northwest Iowa Community College is 1,666, which includes 604 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 39% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,013 a year. Northwest Iowa Community College has a 8.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Northwest Iowa Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Waldorf University

Forest City, Iowa
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
194 Yearly Degrees
$23,088 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Waldorf University is 3,025, of which 2,523 students are undergraduates and of those, 1,578 are full-time. For undergraduates at Waldorf, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 61%. Of the accepted students, 63% are men and 37% are women.

72% of Waldorf students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,969 a year. The student loan default rate of 10.3% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Waldorf is $32,200.

#14

Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
182 Yearly Degrees
$4,968 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 678 full-time undergraduates at Marshalltown Community College, and 1,836 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 29% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,579 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Marshalltown Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
172 Yearly Degrees
$5,910 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 621 full-time undergraduates at SWCC, and 1,503 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 57% of students at SWCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,265 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from SWCC is $28,500.

#16

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
112 Yearly Degrees
$8,938 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,289 undergraduates at UNI, of which 7,632 are full-time, and there are 9,507 students altogether. For undergraduates at UNI, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

About 79% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,948 a year. UNI has a 3.6% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UNI is $38,100.

#17

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
110 Yearly Degrees
$9,316 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Iowa State University is 31,822, of which 26,843 students are undergraduates and of those, 25,271 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Iowa State is 4.4 years.

Around 88% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 53% are men and 47% are women.

Approximately 51% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,003 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $41,200 during the early-career years.

#18

Aveda Institute - Des Moines

West Des Moines, Iowa
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
108 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Aveda Institute - Des Moines is 173, which includes 173 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

78% of Aveda Institute - Des Moines students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,869 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

#19

Iowa Lakes Community College

Estherville, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
103 Yearly Degrees
$6,748 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,288 students at Iowa Lakes Community College in total, 844 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

43% of Iowa Lakes Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,751 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Iowa Lakes Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Capri College, Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
102 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Capri College, Dubuque is 137, which includes 137 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Approximately 95% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,012 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Capri College, Dubuque is $20,200.

#20

Capri College, Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
102 Yearly Degrees

There are 133 full-time undergraduates at Capri College, Cedar Rapids, and 133 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Approximately 84% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,093 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Capri College, Cedar Rapids with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Hamilton Technical College

Davenport, Iowa
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
97 Yearly Degrees
$14,275 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 120 full-time undergraduates at Hamilton Technical College, and 120 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 82% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,639 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 25.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Hamilton Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $24,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Capri College, Davenport

Davenport, Iowa
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
91 Yearly Degrees

There are 128 students at Capri College, Davenport in total, 128 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

78% of Capri College, Davenport students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,193 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $19,400 during the early-career years.

#24

PCI Academy-Ames

Ames, Iowa
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
87 Yearly Degrees

There are 139 students at PCI Academy-Ames in total, 18 are full-time undergraduates. The freshman retention rate at PCI Academy-Ames is 88%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

Roughly 25% of students at PCI Academy-Ames take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,417 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.9% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from PCI Academy-Ames with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $22,000 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Mercy College of Health Sciences

Des Moines, Iowa
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
78 Yearly Degrees
$18,332 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 516 full-time undergraduates at Mercy College of Health Sciences, and 869 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

Around 92% of students who apply get accepted. Around 14% of accepted students are men, and 86% are women.

64% of Mercy College of Health Sciences students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $12,130 a year. Mercy College of Health Sciences has a 4.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Mercy College of Health Sciences is $44,300.

Other Iowa Trade Schools

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Iowa School of Beauty-Des Moines 72
27 University of Iowa 63
28 Upper Iowa University 46
29 Ross College-Quad Cities 44
30 University of Dubuque 40
31 St Luke’s College 39
32 Allen College 34
32 La James International College-Johnston 34
34 La James International College-Davenport 33
35 La James College of Hairstyling and Cosmetology 28
36 The Salon Professional Academy 25
36 La James International College-Iowa City 25
38 Carlson College of Massage Therapy 23
39 Iowa School of Beauty-Sioux City 21
40 Simpson College 18
41 La James International College-Ft Dodge 17
41 E Q School of Hair Design 17
41 William Penn University 17
41 Luther College 17
45 La James International College-Cedar Falls 15
46 Mount Mercy University 14
46 Iowa School of Beauty-Ottumwa 14
48 Faust Institute of Cosmetology-Storm Lake 12
48 American Hair Academy 12
50 Mercy-St Luke’s School of Radiologic Technology 11
51 Loras College 9
51 Ellsworth Community College 9
53 Clarke University 8
53 UnityPoint Health-Des Moines School of Radiologic Technology 8
53 Graceland University - Lamoni 8
56 American College of Hairstyling - Des Moines 7
56 Central College 7
58 Coe College 5
58 Faust Institute of Cosmetology-Spirit Lake 5
60 Palmer College of Chiropractic - Davenport 3
60 Northwestern College 3
62 Briar Cliff University 2
62 Buena Vista University 2
64 Dordt University 1
65 Wartburg College 0
65 Morningside College 0

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