Online & Distance Learning


Whether you are seeking a degree or taking credits to transfer to another college or university, Iowa Lakes offers affordable online course options and student-focused advising to help you reach your goals.  

Earn a Degree on Your Schedule at Iowa Lakes!

Most programs offered provide you with the flexibility to complete coursework at times that work best for you and your schedule within the program’s start and completion dates.  

Start your Journey to earning a degree at Iowa Lakes in 5 steps

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    Become Laker Proud today by completing our online application.


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    Submit your high school and any other college transcripts to Iowa Lakes. For more information about how to send your transcripts, visit our Records & Registration page

    TEST SCORES: Iowa Lakes Community College requires assessment scores for all students. These assessments place students in appropriate academic courses.
    We currently accept the following placement tests:

      1. Accuplacer Next Generation Exams
      2. ACT Assessments
      3. SAT Assessments

    If you need more information about placement testing, please contact our Advising & Success Centers.

    Contact the Advising & Success Center

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    Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Financial Aid: 

    Don’t miss out on financial help. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) today.

    Be certain to enter the code for Iowa Lakes Community College: 001864.

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    Apply for scholarships today. After all who doesn’t love free money?

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    Connect with Your Advisor

    Once you have been accepted to Iowa Lakes, you will receive an acceptance letter and packet in the mail. Your advisor and their contact information will be included in this packet.

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    Need help connecting with your Academic Advisor? 

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    Register for Class

    Now that you have completed the first four steps of your Iowa Lakes journey, you are now ready to register for classes.

    Register Today

Iowa Lakes Community College is part of the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC), compromised of seven Iowa community colleges. Being part of the ICCOC allows us to offer our students a wide range of online credit courses to apply toward their degree.


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Iowa Lakes Community College has been approved by the state of Iowa to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

NC-SARA is an agreement among member states that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. The agreement makes it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

Student complaints concerning online courses and programs that Iowa Lakes Community College has not resolved may appeal to the Iowa College Student Aid Commission by calling 877-272-4456.

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