Financial Aid / Tuition

Tuition: $19,250
Yes, you read that right

Central College’s tuition price of less than $20,000 opens doors to a high-quality, liberal arts education for more students than ever before—and scholarships are still available.

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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 cost 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


Our annual cost 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


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

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

** Actual costs to attend based on 2020-21 published costs to attend.

And Scholarships Are Still Available!

Elyse Lubbers ’18

Central will continue to offer scholarships and financial aid in proportion to the new tuition price. In fact, Central now offers more scholarships than ever before.

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New Commitments and Programs

Central has launched a number of new initiatives to enhance the student experience, boost the value of a Central education and promote the career readiness of its graduates.

For students who meet specific standards and expectations for progress toward a degree, Central guarantees graduation in four years or the ninth semester tuition is free. In addition, every student in good academic and social standing will be offered at least one internship, shadowing experience or community service opportunity.

We are committed to the success of our students and that’s why we are doing this. These assurances allow students to join the Central community knowing they are receiving an affordable education with incredible value—and knowing they will be supported in their success now and beyond graduation.

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Our new programs include:

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