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Central College Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$45,845 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$34,612 tuition
$9,980 on campus room & board
$1,253 books and supplies
N/A fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$45,845 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$34,612 tuition
$9,980 on campus room & board
$1,253 books and supplies
N/A fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$17,412 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
100% of students receive aid
37% get federal aid ($5,304 avg)
47% get state aid ($4,152 avg)
100% get institn'l aid ($17,412 avg)
80% get loans ($7,734 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 4.08% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 4.08% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $21,314 100%
Federal Grant Aid $5,304 37%
Pell Grants $4,377 30%
Other Federal Grants $1,780 37%
Institution Grant Aid $17,412 100%
State Grant Aid $4,152 47%
Student Loans $7,734 80%
Federal Loans $5,814 80%
Other Loans $10,500 15%

Merit Aid Available

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$10,000 R
$2,000 R
$6,000 R
$2,000 R
$2,000 R
$1,500 - $2,100 R
Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 15
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: May 1
Does Central College offer...
Prepaid Tuition Plan? Yes
Tuition Payment Plan? Yes
Financial Aid Contact Info
812 University
Pella, IA 50219
(877) 462-3687
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $1,442
Out of State $1,442


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 1
  • Rachael from Des Moines, IA
  • Jan-07-2014 I am a current student here

    $40,000? It's a bit much for what is offered. The classes and professors are great, but the food and school-activities (such as comedians being brought in or campus wide events and clubs), there are little to none.

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  • Alex from Polk City, IA
  • Jun-15-2013 I am a current student here

    The only downside to Central is how expensive it is! The tuition for 2013-2014 is about $40,000. That being said, they also do a great job at finding you scholarships and grants.

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  • 4
  • Stormy from Pella, IA
  • Jan-16-2013 I am a current student here

    The college is expensive. Very expensive. I feel like the school is mostly worth the amount of money you pay because it has its own theatre, sports facilities and access to many things around the town. However, it is still really expensive, which makes it hard to pay for.

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  • Mackenzie from West Union, IA
  • Nov-21-2012 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The price tag is very high; although, I think it's worth it. You get so many opportunities and if you take advantage of them, it's definitely worth what you're paying for. I think it's worth it for me, because they provide so much advising and emphasis on my major (political science/psychology with pre-law) that I wouldn't even think of going anywhere else.

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