Iowa Community College Costs Rise More Slowly Than National Average

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Tuition and fees at Iowa’s community colleges have increased 45 percent since 2002, according to a state report that will be discussed today.

The increase is 10 percentage points below the national average. However, Iowa students pay $1,278 more in tuition than the national average, and risk being priced out of community colleges because of annual tuition increases, college officials said.

This year, tuition and fees increased 6 percent for the more than 100,000 students enrolled at 15 Iowa community colleges. That’s slightly more than the 5.66 percent average hike at the state’s three public universities, according to a tuition report that the state Board of Education will review today.

Community colleges also raised tuition at a higher rate than Iowa’s public universities in 2006, 2009 and 2010, the report said.

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