Paying for College

Paying for College can be confusing and stressful, but we're here to help.

There's no better way to invest in yourself than by investing in your future. Obtaining your degree through Iowa Lakes allows you to enter the workforce or transfer to a 4-year college or university, well prepared and qualified for a career in today's competitive job market.

The value of a degree at Iowa Lakes is worth the investment.  Students who obtain an associate's degree expand their earning potential, increasing average salaries over $7,000 more than a person with a high school diploma1.

Iowa Lakes helps students and their families meet the costs of a college education. Whether you need a little or a lot of financial support, Iowa Lakes is committed to providing you with the resources that can help you pay for your education. Learn how affordable your education can be.

¹Data obtained from the 2019 Emsi Economic Impact Study.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid makes it possible to pursue your academic goals. Learn about Financial Aid, find out if you are eligible, and apply to receive money that will help fund your education.


Iowa Lakes awarded nearly $905,000 in scholarships!
Don't miss out on FREE money! View scholarship opportunities available, check out frequently asked questions and apply for scholarships.

Types of Aid

We're Affordable

$4,000 Less Than the National Average

Low costs combined with excellent options for financial aid and scholarships make paying for college that much easier.

Do the Math

The Right Value
Discover how you can afford college with our example budget-breaking out living expenses, tuition, books, and fees.


Stephen Pelzer
Stephen Pelzer
Director of Financial Aid
712-362-7917 |
Estherville Campus
Deb Weston
Deb Weston
Financial Aid Office Associate
712-362-7920 |
Estherville Campus
Denise Mahoney
Denise Mahoney
Financial Aid Office Associate
712-852-5267 |
Emmetsburg Campus