Tuition and Fees

Northeast Iowa Community College is committed to making education affordable. Nearly 80 percent of NICC students receive financial aid funding for their educational expenses.

Academic Year 2023-2024

Academic Year 2023-24
  Iowa Resident Non-Resident International
Tuition $195 / credit hour* $224 / credit hour* $241 / credit hour*
Course Fees $25 / credit hour $25 / credit hour $25 / credit hour
Technology Fees $12 / course $12 / course $12 / course

Fees are applicable for all credits for which students are registered. Tuition and fee costs are incurred when a student registers for courses. The NICC tuition and fee rates include the expenses related to application for admission, testing, support services, graduation, technology and printing fees. To learn more about payment plans for tuition, contact the Finance Office.

Program Supplies and Fees

Certain programs, specifically career or technical programs, may have additional costs such as uniforms, tools, supplies or equipment expenses. Total estimated program costs are available from the Admissions Office.

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance

A student's financial need is based on the total cost of attendance at NICC. In addition to defining financial need, the cost of attendance sets the limit on the total financial aid a student may receive. The cost components that can be included are prescribed by law.

Cost of attendance is an estimate based on average educational expenses you can incur while attending classes at NICC. The Net Price Calculator is a tool that allows prospective students to enter information about themselves to find out what students like them paid to attend NICC in the previous year, after taking grants and scholarship aid into account. NICC encourages all students and families to research their individual costs related to their educational program. Contact Student Services for resources on how to best estimate your costs at NICC.  The College Scorecard is another useful tool when comparing schools.

When evaluating the cost of attendance for NICC it is important to understand the difference between direct and indirect costs.

  • Direct Costs: Expenses that a student pays directly to the college. At NICC, direct costs include tuition, student fees, course fees and program fees only. NICC does not have college owned housing, therefore housing and meal costs vary across our student population.

  • Indirect Costs: Expenses that are based on an average amount that students pay. Indirect costs can and will vary greatly for each individual student, based on different criteria. Examples of varying indirect costs may include the difference of purchasing new textbooks, renting books, or purchasing used books from an outside online source. Housing and meal costs may vary depending on living arrangements, such as living on own, living with parents, or living with roommates. Transportation costs can vary on the length of your commute, car pooling, public transportation options, etc.

The cost of attendance charts below are broken down by dependency status (dependent versus independent students) and living arrangement. To understand the difference between dependent and independent for purposes of financial aid, review the definitions set by Federal Student Aid.

2023-2024 Estimated Cost of Attendance (COA)

The COA is based on the average educational expenses of a full-time student during a nine-month academic year (fall 2023 and spring 2024 semesters) while attending classes at Northeast Iowa Community College.

Estimated Cost of Attendance 2023-2024
Expense Dependent Student (Living with Parents) Independent or Dependent Student (Living off campus)
Tuition and Fees (direct cost)                                                                                  A weighted average of the Iowa resident and out-of-state tuition rates, estimated at 15 credits per semester along with miscellaneous course and program fees.  $7,200 $7,200
Living Expenses: Housing and Meals (indirect cost)
These expenses vary depending on living arrangements, such as living with a parent, with roommates or on your own.
$6,800 $9,000
Books, Course Materials, Supplies and Equipment (indirect cost)
Course material expenses vary each semester by program of study and types of materials required and preferred (i.e. new, used, ebook, rental, etc.).
$1,200 $1,200
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses (indirect cost)
Personal expenses vary according to personal circumstances and spending habits.
$3,000 $3,000
Transportation (indirect cost)
Transportation expenses vary depending on distance from campus, number of days attending classes and individual vehicle or mode of transportation.
$2,600 $2,600
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance at NICC $20,800

Cost of attendance adjustments may be warranted for qualifying criteria: academic programs that require summer enrollment; an academic program that requires the purchase of tools; federal student loan fees (students who receive federal student loans); additional program fees; computer costs; professional licensure, certification, or a first professional credential; dependent care; disability-related expenses; special circumstances; unusual circumstances.

Student's cost of attendance will be based on actual enrollment for those enrolled less than full-time (less than 12 credits). Cost of attendance can not include personal or loan fee expenses for less than half-time enrollment (less than 6 credits).