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66 Colleges
8,708 Yearly Graduations
$72,916 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$27,371 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Iowa ranked #33 in the nation for trade school degrees handed out in 2019. Around 8,708 students received some type of diploma that year. Iowa colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $18,229 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $19,779 per year.

An estimated 73% of college students in Iowa take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,843 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
1,236 Yearly Degrees
$4,368 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,674 students at Western Iowa Tech Community College in total, 1,746 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

83% of Western Iowa Tech Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,302 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Western Iowa Tech Community College is $26,900.

Public Public vs. Private
1,126 Yearly Degrees
$4,800 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,430 full-time undergraduates at DMACC, and 23,474 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 44% of students at DMACC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,301 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.2% 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
$5,380 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 13,906 students at Kirkwood Community College in total, 5,300 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

51% of Kirkwood Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,684 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Kirkwood Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,500 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
550 Yearly Degrees
$5,376 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Eastern Iowa Community College District is 7,771, which includes 2,404 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,689 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 16.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Eastern Iowa Community Colleges with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
443 Yearly Degrees
$6,240 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,555 full-time undergraduates at Iowa Western Community College, and 5,962 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 74% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,566 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Iowa Western Community College is $27,900.

#6

Iowa Central Community College

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

There are 5,390 students at Iowa Central Community College in total, 2,682 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,153 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Iowa Central Community College is $29,600.

Public Public vs. Private
404 Yearly Degrees
$4,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,918 students at IHCC in total, 1,976 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 55% of students at IHCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,321 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from IHCC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
387 Yearly Degrees
$5,603 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,412 full-time undergraduates at North Iowa Area Community College, and 2,995 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 81% of students at North Iowa Area Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,683 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%.

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
$5,940 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,449 students at NICC in total, 1,153 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Roughly 48% of students at NICC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,776 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from NICC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
312 Yearly Degrees
$5,624 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,258 full-time undergraduates at Hawkeye Community College, and 5,263 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

54% of Hawkeye Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,283 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $31,200 during the early-career years.

#11

Southeastern Community College

West Burlington, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
240 Yearly Degrees
$5,670 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,175 full-time undergraduates at Southeastern Community College, and 2,548 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

70% of Southeastern Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,950 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,700 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
224 Yearly Degrees
$6,240 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Northwest Iowa Community College is 1,747, which includes 580 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

53% of Northwest Iowa Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,116 a year. Northwest Iowa Community College has a 7.6% 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 Northwest Iowa Community College is $38,000.

#13

Waldorf University

Forest City, Iowa
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
194 Yearly Degrees
$22,352 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,150 students at Waldorf in total, 2,636 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,735 are full-time. It takes the average Waldorf undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 72%. Of the accepted students, 63% are men and 37% are women.

Approximately 65% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,085 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,200 during the early-career years.

#14

Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
182 Yearly Degrees
$4,896 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,931 students at Marshalltown Community College in total, 704 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

36% of Marshalltown Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,416 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $25,700 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
172 Yearly Degrees
$5,700 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 683 full-time undergraduates at SWCC, and 1,547 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 58% of students at SWCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,046 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.0% 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.

#16

University of Northern Iowa

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

There are 11,187 students at UNI in total, 9,536 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 8,745 are full-time. It takes the average UNI undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

About 81% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at UNI take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,005 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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
$9,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 34,992 students at Iowa State in total, 29,621 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 27,929 are full-time. Iowa State has a freshman retention rate of 87%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Around 89% of students who apply get accepted. Around 53% of accepted students are men, and 47% are women.

50% of Iowa State students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,431 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Iowa State with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Aveda Institute - Des Moines

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

There are 147 students at Aveda Institute - Des Moines in total, 147 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 88% of students at Aveda Institute - Des Moines take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,892 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

#19

Iowa Lakes Community College

Estherville, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
103 Yearly Degrees
$6,588 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,051 students at Iowa Lakes Community College in total, 994 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

53% of Iowa Lakes Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,431 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.2% 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

There are 142 full-time undergraduates at Capri College, Dubuque, and 142 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

91% of Capri College, Dubuque students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,114 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $20,200 during the early-career years.

#20

Capri College, Cedar Rapids

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

There are 167 full-time undergraduates at Capri College, Cedar Rapids, and 167 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

81% of Capri College, Cedar Rapids students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,706 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Capri College, Cedar Rapids is $22,400.

#22

Hamilton Technical College

Davenport, Iowa
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
97 Yearly Degrees
$14,250 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Hamilton Technical College is 134, which includes 134 full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Hamilton Technical College, the average graduation time is 4.0 years.

91% of Hamilton Technical College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,531 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.6% 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 132 full-time undergraduates at Capri College, Davenport, and 132 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Roughly 76% of students at Capri College, Davenport take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,896 a year. Capri College, Davenport has a 6.4% 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 Capri College, Davenport is $19,400.

#24

PCI Academy-Ames

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

There are 59 full-time undergraduates at PCI Academy-Ames, and 141 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

80% of PCI Academy-Ames students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,928 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.8% which is much lower than the average rate 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
$18,150 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Mercy College of Health Sciences is 727, which includes 415 full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Mercy College of Health Sciences undergraduate about 4.0 years to complete their degree.

Around 96% of students who apply get accepted. Around 9% of accepted students are men, and 91% are women.

Approximately 71% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,811 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $44,300 during the early-career years.

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 College 1
65 Wartburg College 0
65 Morningside College 0

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