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 could’ve gone to a state university on a full ride, but then I wouldn’t have gotten the small student-to-professor ratio and international and athletic opportunities Central provides. Those made my decision to come here worth it. With scholarships and other financial aid options, a Central education is very attainable.”

Cheyanna Jennings ’20

HOMETOWN: Hermitage, Missouri
MAJOR: Athletic Training
MINORS: Philosophy and Psychology
SCHOLARSHIPS: Presidential, Trustee, Journey
CAREER: U.S. Army National Guard

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Cheyanna Jennings ’20
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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.

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