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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

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 $18,229 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $19,779 a 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

The total student population at Western Iowa Tech Community College is 5,976, which includes 1,792 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%.

Students who graduate from Western Iowa Tech Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

There are 6,146 full-time undergraduates at DMACC, and 23,258 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 44% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from DMACC is $29,300.

#3

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
715 Yearly Degrees
$5,380 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,084 full-time undergraduates at Kirkwood Community College, and 13,788 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 51% of students at Kirkwood Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans 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%.

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
$5,376 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,269 full-time undergraduates at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, and 8,002 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

31% of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

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
$6,240 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,555 full-time undergraduates at Iowa Western Community College, and 5,977 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 average amount of student loans 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

The total student population at Iowa Central Community College is 5,237, which includes 2,544 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 typical student loan amount 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%.

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
$4,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,869 full-time undergraduates at IHCC, and 3,612 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

55% of IHCC students take out loans to afford college costs. 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%.

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

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

There are 2,894 students at North Iowa Area Community College in total, 1,389 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 81% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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

The total student population at Northeast Iowa Community College is 4,408, which includes 1,128 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

48% of NICC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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 2,097 full-time undergraduates at Hawkeye Community College, and 5,112 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 2,478 students at Southeastern Community College in total, 1,163 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 70% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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 1,777, which includes 615 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,116 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,000 during the early-career years.

#13

Waldorf University

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

There are 3,071 students at Waldorf in total, 2,552 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 1,619 are full-time. For undergraduates at Waldorf, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 72%. Around 63% of accepted students 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%!

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
$4,896 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,947 students at Marshalltown Community College in total, 718 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 25 to 1.

Approximately 36% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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

The total student population at Southwestern Community College is 1,581, which includes 677 full-time undergraduates. 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%.

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

The total student population at University of Northern Iowa is 10,477, of which 8,953 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,228 are full-time. For undergraduates at UNI, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

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

58% of UNI students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,005 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,100 during the early-career years.

#17

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
Public Public vs. Private
110 Yearly Degrees
$9,320 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 28,294 undergraduates at Iowa State, of which 26,713 are full-time, and there are 33,372 students altogether. For undergraduates at Iowa State, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

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

Roughly 50% of students at Iowa State take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $7,431 a year. Iowa State has a 3.2% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

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

There are 181 students at Aveda Institute - Des Moines in total, 181 are full-time undergraduates. Aveda Institute - Des Moines has a freshman retention rate of 88%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

Approximately 88% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,892 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

#19

Iowa Lakes Community College

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

The total student population at Iowa Lakes Community College is 2,035, which includes 845 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,100 during the early-career years.

#20

Capri College, Dubuque

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

There are 137 students at Capri College, Dubuque in total, 137 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Roughly 91% of students at Capri College, Dubuque take out loans to pay for college. 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%!

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 165 students at Capri College, Cedar Rapids in total, 165 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Roughly 81% of students at Capri College, Cedar Rapids take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,706 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.8% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

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
$14,250 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 134 students at Hamilton Technical College in total, 134 are 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 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.

Roughly 76% of students at Capri College, Davenport take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,896 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Capri College, Davenport with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $19,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#24

PCI Academy-Ames

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

There are 24 full-time undergraduates at PCI Academy-Ames, and 135 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 80% of students at PCI Academy-Ames take out loans to pay for college. 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

There are 454 full-time undergraduates at Mercy College of Health Sciences, and 795 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Mercy College of Health Sciences is 4.0 years.

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

Roughly 71% of students at Mercy College of Health Sciences take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,811 a year. The student loan default rate of 6.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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 College 1
65 Wartburg College 0
65 Morningside College 0

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