Financial Aid / Price

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 Tuition

* For students who meet certain basic criteria.

Crunch the Numbers

  • #4 of 28 Best Value Colleges in Iowa*
  • The median salary of a Central graduate six years after college is $44,700 — compared to $33,028 nationally.*
*According to
2024-25 Price<br />Tuition: $20,988<br />Room: $5,800<br />Food: $6,260<br />Total Price: $33,048

You Don’t Have to Take Our Word For It

I’m tremendously grateful for donors at Central. I can’t thank them enough for all their support, financially, but also just the way they have invested in my future. Thanks to them, I am graduating debt free!”

Gloria Montiel ’23

HOMETOWN: Columbus Junction, Iowa
SCHOLARSHIPS: William Randolph Heart Fund for Minority Students and Journey
MAJORS: Communications and Spanish
CAREER: Talent Acquisition Specialist at Vermeer Corporation

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Gloria Montiel ’23
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100% of Central students receive financial aid

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

Life Loves On

The college’s relationship with Fred Maytag and the Fred Maytag Family Foundation has helped shape the experience of students at the college, like Amber Reysack ’25, for generations.

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