# 2022 best colleges in Iowa

Read more**Net cost**: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

**Earnings**: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

**Payback**: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

**Earnings plus**: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

**Rankings**: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earnings*plus *performance.

#### Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $4,513

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $5,436

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earnings*plus.
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These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $6,650

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% *in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $10,690

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $3,275

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $403

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $1,762

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $129

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Grand View University

Des Moines, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $3,387

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Morningside College

Sioux City, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $2,794

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $3,546

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $26

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $2,210

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Mercy College of Health Sciences

Des Moines, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: + $17

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Central College

Pella, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $3,097

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $8,139

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $2,791

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Luther College

Decorah, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $857

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $4,916

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#### Northwestern College

Orange City, Iowa

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Average time in years to *pay back* educational costs.

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

^{Plus}: - $7,934

*in their state* are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.