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Opportunity is Knocking

Central’s affordable tuition price and commitments*—like graduation in four years and a guaranteed internship—give our graduates the edge they need to thrive in their careers. These opportunities save Central students money. Provide career-ready skills. And allow students to graduate and earn a paycheck sooner.

Students graduate with stellar credentials, strong connections, unforgettable mentors and lower debt than other college students.

That’s the Central way.

Our New Tuition

* For students who meet certain basic criteria.

Crunch the Numbers

  • 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.
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2021-22 Price
Tuition: $19,250
Room: $4,892
Board: $5,660
Total Price: $29,802

You Don't Have to Take Our Word For It

The value of a central education is phenomenal. When you consider the academic scholarships, need-based scholarships and grants, work-study funding and trustee scholarships, the total price can be less than a year at a state college.”

Heidi Brown

Parent of Zachary Brown ’17 | Dental Student, University of Iowa

Heidi Brown, President Mark Putnam and Zachary Brown ’17

More than 99% of Central students receive financial aid

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We don’t believe price should be a barrier to a quality education, so we will partner with you to make a Central education possible.

  • Central students graduate with debt levels among the lowest of Iowa colleges and universities.
  • Central students graduate in four years or fewer, so you don’t have to worry about a degree stretching over five or six years.

You’ll be ready to start your career with the confidence that comes from strong connections, stellar credentials and unforgettable mentors.

Value matters in choosing a college

You’ll find value in terms of ideas and aspirations at Central. You will find value in the kind of person you want to become and the kind of experiences that bring out your best.

Choosing Central is an investment that will pay off in life. After graduation, nearly 100% of Central alumni are employed in the field of their choice, enrolled in graduate school or completing service.

Students at Commencement

Guiding Fellow Students

First-year student and admission tour guide Caroline McMartin ’24 fell hard for the place she wanted to leave.

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