Costs – Financial Aid

You want a college that will invest in your future

More than 99 percent of Central students receive financial aid.

Not only is Central committed to a rigorous education, we are also committed to affordability and value.

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You Don't Have to Take Our Word For It

“The value of a central education is phenomenal. When you consider the academic scholarships, need-based scholarships and grants, work-study funding and trustee scholarships, the cost can be less than a year at a state college.”

Heidi Brown, President Mark Putnam and Zachary Brown '17'

More than 99 percent of Central students receive financial aid

We don’t believe cost should be a barrier to a quality education, so we will partner with you to make a Central education possible.

  • More than 99 percent of Central students receive financial aid.
  • Central students graduate with debt levels among the lowest of Iowa colleges and universities.
  • Central students graduate in four years or fewer, so you don’t have to worry about a degree stretching over five or six years.

You’ll be ready to start your career with the confidence that comes from strong connections, stellar credentials and unforgettable mentors.

Student's mortarboard at Commencement. Mortarboard reads, 'Made it to the top, now I am back in 1st grade.'

Crunch the Numbers

Money magazine puts Central College in the top 16 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges and universities in its “Best Colleges for Your Money 2018” list.

“Value matters in choosing a college. But not just the price kind.”

You’ll find value in terms of ideas and aspirations at Central. You will find value in the kind of person you want to become and the kind of experiences that bring out your best.

Choosing Central is an investment that will pay off in life. Six months after graduation, nearly 100 percent of Central alumni are employed in the field of their choice, enrolled in graduate school or completing service.

Class of 2018 students at Commencement