Financial Aid

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Did you know? By filling out the FAFSA, you’re making sure you receive all the financial aid you’re eligible for.


A top-quality education

We work to make sure a top-quality education at Central is attainable for all students. Both academic and need-based financial aid is available, and the value of your education will endure throughout your life.

You'll leave college better prepared for a career, having focused on hands-on learning, internships and making global connections.

Top Academics Outcomes

Central student with President Putnam at Commencement

A Private Education:
More Affordable Than You Think

We don’t believe tuition prices should be a barrier to a quality education. Central is more affordable than ever. And that’s before financial aid!

Our commitment to affordable pricing and generous scholarship offerings make Central’s high-quality, individualized education comparable in price to that of many large public universities.

How Central Stacks Up

Our annual price to attend is on par with state universities. And way less than any other Iowa private college.

$19,250 (Central’s Tuition) + $10,552 (Central’s Room & Board) = $29,802

A Comparison of Tuition + Room and Board With Other Iowa Institutions

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Average grant and scholarship aid a student receives from Central, federal and state awards, which can be subtracted from total price for an incredibly affordable experience.

* Estimated price to attend based on 2019-20 published price plus 4%.

** Based on 2020-21 published price to attend.

Lead the Pack

You can tell central wants you to succeed even after your time here. The close connections I’ve made with professors are the best tools in my arsenal as I take my next steps. I have multiple professors I could go to for letters of recommendation or contacts in my field. Also, the amount of financial aid central offered was among the highest of the schools I applied to.”

Sara Rodriguez ’18

HOMETOWN: Lenexa, Kansas
MAJOR: Communication Studies
SCHOLARSHIPS: Presidential, PPIM, Washington, Nanes and Molenaar
CAREER: Communications Specialist, Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Sara Rodriguez ’18

Crunch the Numbers

Elyse Lubbers ’18
  • The median salary of a Central graduate six years after college is $44,700—compared to $33,028 nationally.


  • 92% of Central College students who graduate do so in four years or fewer, which reduces your price and allows you to earn a paycheck faster.

Next Step – File the FAFSA

Filing the FAFSA is the first step toward maximizing your financial aid. You can begin filing Oct. 1.

Complete the FAFSA FAFSA Checklist

Success Secrets of a National Scholarship Winner

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