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.

Tuition for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

  • Iowa Resident: $176 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-State: $200 per credit hour*
  • International Students: $215 per credit hour*

Student Fees for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

$24 per credit hour

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, transcript requests, graduation, technology and printing fees. To learn more about payment plans for tuition, contact the Business Services 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 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. The College Scorecard is another useful tool when comparing schools.

When evaluating the cost of attendance for NICC or any college that you may be researching, be aware of direct and indirect costs. Direct costs are actual charges that a student will pay directly to the college. At NICC, direct costs include tuition and fees only. The remaining costs are all indirect costs meaning that they will vary for each individual student based on many different criteria. Examples may include purchasing books at the college bookstore, renting books or purchasing books from an online source. Room and board costs may vary depending on living arrangements, such as living on own, living with parents, living with roommates, etc. Transportation costs can vary on the length of your commute, car pooling, public transportation options, etc. NICC encourages all students and families to research the costs related to their entire educational goals. Contact Student Services for resources on how to best estimate your costs at NICC.

2019-20 Estimated Cost of Attendance

Based on a nine-month academic year of a full time student (average 15 credits per semester, fall 2019 and spring 2020).

ExpenseDependent Student - Iowa ResidentDependent Student - Non-Iowa ResidentIndependent Student - Iowa ResidentIndependent Student - Non-Iowa Resident
Estimated Cost of Attendance 2019-20
Tuition and Fees $5,940 $6,660 $5,940 $6,660
Room and Board
*Dependent costs for room and board vary depending on living arrangements, such as living with a parent or in an apartment.
$5,832* $5,832* $8,000 $8,000
Books and Supplies
The costs of books and supplies varies each semester and largely depends on your needs and your program of study.
$1,400 $1,400 $1,400 $1,400
Personal Expenses
Personal expenses vary according to personal circumstances and spending habits.
$1,938 $2,243 $2,243 $2,243
Transportation expenses vary depending on how far you live from campus and your vehicle.
$1,780 $2,200 $2,200 $2,200
Total Cost of Attendance at NICC $16,890
$18,335 $19,783 $20,503

Cost of attendance may be adjusted for financial aid purposes if you are enrolled in a program that requires tools or equipment or if you have other qualifying eligibility criteria. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more details.

If you are enrolled less than half-time, your cost of attendance for financial aid cannot include housing, personal or miscellaneous expenses.

2020-21 Estimated Cost of Attendance

Based on a nine-month academic year of a full time student (average 15 credits per semester, fall 2020 and spring 2021).

NOTE: The estimated costs for 2020-21 school year will be published early in 2020 once tuition rates have been approved by the board of directors.

*This amount reflects the estimated tuition and student fees based on in- and/or out-of-state tuition rates at the time of publication. These rates do not include a $10 technology fee for any online or blended learning course or additional expenses (books, tools, supplies, living expenses, licensures, remedial or pre-requisite coursework or partnership tuition and fees, etc.) related to your NICC education. Please contact the College for international tuition rates. These rates are subject to change.