Tuition & Costs

Tuition & Costs

At Kirkwood, You Can Afford a Quality Education!

Kirkwood’s tuition is one of the lowest in Iowa—and that means a better future is within your reach. Take advantage of scholarships and grants you don't have to repay, and talk to one of our experts about applying for a student loan.

If you choose an in-demand program, you can get your degree or certificate tuition-free with Future Ready Iowa’s Last-Dollar Scholarship.

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Tuition for Iowa residents is $180 per credit hour.

  • Tuition for a 3-credit course is $540.
  • Expect to pay about $2,700 per full-time semester (15 credit hours) or $5,400 per year.
  • A full program encompassing two years and 62 credit hours costs approximately $11,160.

Tuition for out-of-state students is $237 per credit hour.

  • Tuition for a 3-credit course is $711.
  • Expect to pay about $3,555 per full-time semester (15 credit hours) or $7,110 per year.
  • A full program encompassing two years and 62 credit hours costs approximately $14,694.

Tuition for international students is $360 per credit hour.

  • Tuition for a 3-credit course is $1,080.
  • Expect to pay about $5,400 per full-time semester (15 credit hours) or $10,800 per year.
  • A full program encompassing two years and 62 credit hours costs approximately $22,320.

Class Fees & Costs

Fees

All Kirkwood students pay a $50 technology fee per semester. The fee supports opportunities to improve learning by further integrating technology into Kirkwood programs. It also helps drive continuous improvements to technology resources and learning management systems.

Books 

Book costs vary by program. On average, plan to invest $500 per semester. The Kirkwood Bookstore also holds periodic buy back events so you can sell your books when you’re finished with classes. Contact the bookstore to learn more.

Supply Costs

Some Kirkwood programs require students to purchase uniforms or tools. Your program advisor will provide details if this applies to you.

Additional Costs

Some Kirkwood courses require additional fees. Learn more in the course information section on MyHub.

Tools for Students

The Net Price Calculator can help estimate your eligibility for federal, state, and institutional student financial aid. Use it to help plan how to optimize your education bucket.

You might need:

  • Last year’s income tax returns for yourself and your parents
  • Earnings statements (W2 forms or recent paycheck stubs)
  • Bank statements
  • Academic merit information like your high school GPA and/or SAT or ACT scores.

Don't go into the student loan process unaware, you should always understand what the terms and repayment details are before committing to taking a student loan. To help, The Federal Student Aid Office created the Loan Repayment Calculator. The tool can give you an understanding of how long it will take to pay off your student loans based on what you're expecting to borrow.

Estimate how much you can expect to pay for living expenses, tuition and fees, and transportation at Kirkwood. Discover how options like living at home or attending school part-time can affect what you pay.

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Halona Poor

“Honestly, the low cost of living and tuition is what brought me here. I realized I could actually afford to be independent and study here, so I went for it and Kirkwood made it happen.”

Halona Poor,
Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Questions? 

One Stop Office

2nd Floor, Kirkwood Hall
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone: 319-398-7600 or 1-877-386-9101
Fax: 319-398-4928
Email: financialaid@kirkwood.edu 

Mailing Address:

Kirkwood Community College
One Stop Office
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404