As the average cost of college tuition continues to rise by at least 5 percent each year it is becoming more important than ever to make sure you're paying the best possible price for your education.
Watch this video to get some basic tips on paying less for college.
On this page we've identified several resources that Iowa college students can utilize to make the smartest selection when choosing the right school...
If you are native to the state of Iowa or if you can manage to establish residency in that state before your classes begin, CollegeStats.org is a useful comparison tool that will give you the breakdown on the cheapest colleges and universities in each state:
Here's a sample list of low cost colleges in the state of Iowa:
The Center for Online Education was first introduced in 2009 as "OnlineColleges.net" but later established and focused itself toward filling the growing global demand for online education in early 2016. They have a team of dedicated experts who provide the most up-to-date and accurate information on the budding world of online learning.
They provide online college rankings, student guides, and in-dept analysis on current educational trends pertaining to financial aid, accreditation, study skills and career planning.
Affordable Colleges Online was established in 2012 to help make college more affordable to college students who continue to face the ever increasing campus bound tuition rates. Their goal is to spread the word about the importance of an online education due to its lower costs and high quality accreditation.
This website provides guide-books, student interviews, and datasets to students searching for a college program. These resources are compiled by a team of experts composed of six PhDs and more than twenty journalists, editors, and subject-matter specialists with master's degrees or related educational credentials.
Distance Learning is here to stay and has officially become the mainstream norm for college degrees offered online. As of 2017, many campus-based universities have incorporated this learning model into their curriculum as it caters to the various lifestyle needs of traveling professionals, stay-at-home parents, and even digital nomads.
"Learning is no longer limited to four walls. Learning can happen anywhere and it already is happening everywhere, everyday. The growth of online learning underscores this need for quality, flexible education programs that meet the demands of our 21st-century workforce."
- Todd Hitchcock
Senior Vice President
Pearson Learning Solutions
College Score Card
Don't ever say your dear old Uncle Sam never gave you nothing. Because in 2016 the
U.S. Department of Education released one of its most invaluable college ranking tools ever! And its called... The "College Score Card".
This government website is designed to help wary students know exactly what they're getting themselves into when they sign up with some of these more "profit-minded" colleges and universities (who may or may not care if you graduate).
The College Score Card is exactly what it sounds like. It gives you the "report card" (success rate) of any given college or university.
You can compare the average cost of the type of degree you want at different colleges, view the school's historic graduation rates (that's kind'a important), and also get an idea of what salary you can expect after graduation! So check out this short video explaining how to use this new free gift from your good ole Uncle Sam!