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Paying for College Paying for College

One of the best ways to invest in yourself is through attending college. Spending money now to further your education can have a greater positive impact later. On average, people with an associate’s degree earn over $6,000 more a year than people without a college degree.

Payment Deadline Payment Deadline

The payment deadline is two weeks after the first day of classes. By the payment deadline, you need to have a plan in place for paying your bill. If you register for classes after the payment deadline, you must make payment arrangements within 48 hours of registration. Not paying your bill can lead to greater challenges such as: not being able to register for another semester, not being able to obtain a copy of your transcript, and being sent to collections, which hurts your credit score. Once in collections, your account may be subject to collection fees. Iowa Western reserves the right to take any and all actions necessary to collect the debt.

Payment Options Payment Options

We understand that paying for college can be stressful and we are here to help you and your family make your payment arrangements. You have different options for paying your bill. Click on an option below to learn more.

Estimated Costs for one Semester

Once you register for classes, you will have a bill for your tuition. Your bill will depend on the number and types of classes you register for.


The tuition is based on 15 credits (5 classes). Books’ costs can vary greatly and is estimated at $400 per semester.

Costs Costs

At Iowa Western, we believe you should understand the costs of your education. We also realize that understanding college costs can be difficult. So we encourage you to contact us with any questions. Email us at

You are billed one semester (fall, spring, or summer) at a time. Both Financial Aid and Payment Plans can be used to cover tuition, fees, and housing costs.

What are College Costs?

  • Tuition: is the bulk of your bill. Tuition is charged by credit hour, most classes are 3 credit hours.
  • College Service Fees: $17 per credit hour.
  • First Time Enrollment Fee: A one time, $35 fee that is charged for your first semester.
  • Books: prices vary based on each class. After you register for classes, visit the College Store online or in person. Use a rough estimate of $400 when you are planning on college costs.
Tuition per Credit HourDiscount per Credit HourFees per Credit HourTotal per Credit HourCost: 6 Credit HoursCost: 12 Credit HoursCost: 15 for Credit Hours
Iowa Resident$194-$7$17= $204$1,224$2,448$3,060
Non Resident/
$199-$7$17= $209$1,254$2,508$3,135
Completing an associate’s degree in 2 years requires a student to take 15 credits each semester. Consult with an advisor for more information.

Tuition Discount

Iowa Western Community College has chosen to use federal COVID-19 relief funding to support all students through a $7.00 per credit hour tuition discount for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. The tuition discount will be applied to your bill.

Residence Life Housing Costs

Living on campus gives you the full college experience as well as quick access to all classrooms and services at Iowa Western.

FacilityRoom TypePeople/BedroomCostMeal PlanTotal Cost
Tower (males only)Double2$1,87512 Flex$3,175
Single1$2,80512 Flex$4,105
SuiteSingle1$2,92512 Flex$4,225
  • 12 Flex Plan 12 meals per week. $1,300.00 per semester.
  • Unlimited meals per week. $1,450.00 per semester.

Tuition Assistance and or Fees Other Fees

Other fees may be assessed for other services, as well as for specific programs and courses.

Administrative Withdrawal Fee$10 per credit hourCharged when a student is administratively withdrawn for non-attendance.
Payment Plan Fee$25Charged when setting up a payment plan.
Late/missed payment fee$25
Pre-Collection Fee$10