2019 Best Online Colleges in Iowa

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The schools on this list represent Iowa's best online programs, based on affordable tuition rates and median alumni salaries. Iowa State University is ranked #1 with the highest median salary at $89,200 and an annual tuition of $9,690 for its Bachelor of Liberal Studies. University of Iowa is ranked #2 and offers the cheapest tuition at $7,770 each year, providing students with 15 different bachelor program options.

Alumni salaries were provided by PayScale. View our methodology for more details or learn more about SR Education Group. To see all online schools in Iowa, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 Iowa State University Annual Tuition $9,690 Median Salary $89,200
#2 #2 University of Iowa Annual Tuition $7,770 Median Salary $88,100
#3 #3 Morningside College Annual Tuition $8,215 Median Salary $74,300
#4 #4 Graceland University Annual Tuition $10,650 Median Salary $73,800
#5 #5 University of Northern Iowa Annual Tuition $9,600 Median Salary $71,600
#6 #6 Allen College Annual Tuition $19,158 Median Salary $72,500
#7 #7 Buena Vista University Annual Tuition $13,080 Median Salary $66,800
#8 #8 Mercy College of Health Sciences Annual Tuition $17,952 Median Salary $67,000
#9 #9 Saint Ambrose University Annual Tuition $32,414 Median Salary $67,800
#10 #10 Upper Iowa University Annual Tuition $40,860 Median Salary $64,300
#11 #11 Briar Cliff University Annual Tuition $8,300 Median Salary $56,400
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2019 Online Colleges in Iowa Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,690
  • Median Salary: $89,200
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Ames
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  • Annual Tuition: $7,770
  • Median Salary: $88,100
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Iowa City
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Online Bachelor's Degrees (15)

Online Master's Degrees (10)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (14)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,215
  • Median Salary: $74,300
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Sioux City
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  • Annual Tuition: $10,650
  • Median Salary: $73,800
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Lamoni
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Online Bachelor's Degrees (5)

Online Master's Degrees (13)

Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • Median Salary: $71,600
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cedar Falls
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Online Master's Degrees (29)

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Online Certificate Programs (9)

  • Annual Tuition: $19,158
  • Median Salary: $72,500
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Waterloo
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  • Annual Tuition: $13,080
  • Median Salary: $66,800
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Storm Lake
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Online Bachelor's Degrees (19)

Online Master's Degrees (8)

Online Certificate Programs (7)

  • Annual Tuition: $17,952
  • Median Salary: $67,000
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Des Moines
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  • Annual Tuition: $32,414
  • Median Salary: $67,800
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Davenport
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  • Annual Tuition: $40,860
  • Median Salary: $64,300
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Fayette
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Online Associate Degrees (4)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (37)

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Online Master's Degrees (26)

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Online Certificate Programs (16)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,300
  • Median Salary: $56,400
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Sioux City
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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Iowa (37)

The state of Iowa offers distance students affordable online degree programs in a wide number of subjects, including criminal justice, public administration, sports administration, and education. Organizational leadership is one of the most popular areas of study, with Waldorf University offering six bachelor's of arts and six bachelor's of science degrees for $8,700 a year, and Buena Vista University and Graceland University both offering multiple bachelor's degrees in the field. Western Tech Community College offers students the most affordable education, at $4,128 per year. Waldorf University receives the strongest recommendation rate at 100%.

At a Glance:

  • 49% of accredited online universities in Iowa have tuition of under $10,000.
  • The ICSAC Iowa Tuition Grant Program awards $6,000 to eligible full- and part-time resident students enrolled at one of Iowa's eligible private colleges and universities, based on greatest financial need.
  • Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarship Program is divided into two separate categories. The Silver Scholarship is an award of up to $9,000 over four years and may be applied towards tuition, books and fees at any college or university in the United States. The Gold Scholarship is an award of up to $40,000 over four years and pays tuition, books, and fees at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa or the University of Northern Iowa. All scholarships are renewable annually for up to four years upon evidence of academic achievement and continued service to the LGBTQ community.

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