Costs & Scholarships

Scholarships range from $1,000 to $8,000 and are awarded at the time of application, so no other application is required. All scholarships are renewable each year (up to four years total) subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Central College is pleased to be able to offer the following academic merit-based scholarships to qualifying international applicants:

Please note: students can only receive one academic merit scholarship. Students that qualify for multiple scholarships will receive the highest yielding scholarship.

First-Year Scholarships

Scholarships Criteria Amount
Every admitted student receives a $1,000 Journey Scholarship, made possible by generous donors. $1,000
Awarded to students who have achieved at least a 3.75 cumulative GPA. $6,000
Awarded to students who have achieved at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. $3,000
Awarded to students who have achieved at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. $1,000


Iowa Sister States Scholarship

Iowa Sister States is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1985 to manage Iowa’s official relationships with foreign states, as established by the Governor of Iowa. Central College is pleased to offer all eligible resident students from Iowa’s sister states (as listed below) a U.S. $1,000 per academic year scholarship award. The scholarship is renewable each year (up to four years total). To be eligible for the scholarship students must meet all scholarship requirements as outlined below. The Iowa Sister States Scholarship can be combined with any awarded academic scholarship.

Iowa Sister States

  • Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan (established in 1960)
  • Yucatán, Mexico (established in 1965)
  • Hebei Province, China (established in 1983)
  • Terengganu, Malaysia (established in 1987)
  • Taiwan (established in 1989)
  • Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine (established in 1996)
  • Veneto Region, Italy (established in 1997)
  • Kosovo (established in 2013)

Iowa Sister States Scholarship Requirements

To be eligible for the Iowa Sister States scholarship a student must meet the following scholarship requirements:

  • Meet all international student admission requirements.
  • Provide proof of current resident status (including citizenship) from Iowa Sister State.
  • Enroll as a full-time degree-seeking student at Central College.


Central College 2023-24 Estimated Attendance Expenses
Tuition $20,988
Room $5,800
Board (meals) $6,260
Textbooks / Supplies* $1,335
Insurance* $1,177
Miscellaneous Expenses* $3,307
Total $38,867

*actual costs may vary

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