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 2022-2023 Academic Year

  • Iowa Resident: $185 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-State: $209 per credit hour*
  • International Students: $226 per credit hour*

Student Fees for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

  • Course Fees: $24 per credit hour
  • Technology Fees: $6 per 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 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. 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 residency. To understand the difference between dependent and independent for purposes of financial aid, review the definitions set by Federal Student Aid.

2022-23 Estimated Cost of Attendance

Based on a nine-month academic year of a full time student (average 15 credits per semester, fall 2022 and spring 2023).

Expense Dependent Student

Living with Parents

Dependent Student

Living with Parents

Non-Iowa Resident
Independent or Dependent Student

(NOT living with parents)

Independent or Dependent Student

(NOT living with parents)

Non-Iowa Resident
Estimated Cost of Attendance 2022-23
Tuition and Fees (direct cost) $6,280 $7,000 $6,280 $7,000
Housing and Meals (indirect cost)
These expenses vary depending on living arrangements, such as living with a parent, with roommates or on your own.
$5,850 $5,850 $8,400 $8,400
Books and Supplies (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 $1,200 $1,200
Personal Expenses (indirect cost)
Personal expenses vary according to personal circumstances and spending habits.
$2,800 $2,800 $2,800 $2,800
Transportation (indirect cost)
Transportation expenses vary depending on distance from campus, number of days attending classes and individual vehicle or mode of transportation.
$2,250 $2,250 $2,250 $2,250
Loan Fees (only if borrowing federal student loans) $48 $48 $48 $48
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance at NICC $18,428
$19,148 $20,978 $21,698

Cost of attendance may be adjusted for financial aid purposes if enrolled in a program that requires tools or equipment, other qualifying eligibility criteria or special circumstances. Less than full time (11.75 credits or less) enrollment cost of attendance will be based on actual enrollment. Less than half-time enrollment (less than 6 credits) cost of attendance cannot include housing/meals, personal or loan fee expenses.