Central College

Private, Four-years School Located in Pella, IA

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How much is the Central tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Central's tuition & fees is $20,988.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $36,365 when a student lives on-campus.

Central Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$20,988
Books & Supplies Costs$1,275
On-campus Room & Board$10,860
On-campus Expenses$3,242
Off-campus Room & Board$10,860
Off-campus Expenses$3,242
2023-2024 Estimates
Tuition & Fees$22,883

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Central for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $97,323 at Central. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $157,869. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $107,955.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$22,247$36,751$25,342
Sophomore (2024-25)$23,582$38,500$26,405
Junior (2025-26)$24,997$40,340$27,520
Senior (2026-27)$26,497$42,278$28,688
4 Years Total$97,323$157,869$107,955
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$23,582$38,500$26,405
Sophomore (2025-26)$24,997$40,340$27,520
Junior (2026-27)$26,497$42,278$28,688
Senior (2027-28)$28,087$44,317$29,913
4 Years Total$103,163$165,435$112,527
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$24,997$40,340$27,520
Sophomore (2026-27)$26,497$42,278$28,688
Junior (2027-28)$28,087$44,317$29,913
Senior (2028-29)$29,772$46,465$31,197
4 Years Total$109,352$173,401$117,318
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$26,497$42,278$28,688
Sophomore (2027-28)$28,087$44,317$29,913
Junior (2028-29)$29,772$46,465$31,197
Senior (2029-30)$31,558$48,728$32,543
4 Years Total$115,914$181,788$122,340
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$28,087$44,317$29,913
Sophomore (2028-29)$29,772$46,465$31,197
Junior (2029-30)$31,558$48,728$32,543
Senior (2030-31)$33,452$51,111$33,955
4 Years Total$122,868$190,622$127,607

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Central' tuition is comparable to the average tuition of $20,875. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Iowa, its tuition is slightly lower than the average tuition of $25,497.
Central College$20,988
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,570
Public Schools$7,197$12,949
Private Schools$20,875
Iowa Four-years Colleges$21,556
Public Schools$8,453$11,211
Private Schools$25,497

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Central and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationTuition & Fees
Central CollegePella, IA$20,988
Cornell CollegeMount Vernon, IA$50,634

Financial Aid and COA

At Central College, 1,102 students (97%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $10,764.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Central is $25,601 for students living on-campus and $25,601 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 339 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $10,999 and the average amount of student loans is $8,126.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$36,365
COA (off-campus)$36,365
Tuition & Fees$20,988
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$15,377
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$15,377
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$25,601
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$25,601
Average Financial Aid$10,764
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship1,10297%$10,764
Pell Grants25622%$4,654
Federal Student Loan75967%$6,082
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid339100%-
Grants or Scholarships339100%$10,999
Federal Grants9729%$5,194
Pell Grants8124%$4,710
Other Federal Grants9729%$1,261
State/Local Grants11735%$6,922
Institutional Grants339100%$7,124
Student Loan Aid23870%$8,126
Federal Student Loans23569%$5,600
Other Student Loans4614%$13,435

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Central's acceptance rate is 74.52%. A total of 2,202 applicants applied to and 1,641 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 340 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 20.72%.
To apply to Central, 4 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record, Completion of college-preparatory program and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 1 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school rank. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate74.52%75.43%73.61%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)20.72%20.60%20.84%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to Central. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 1,130 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 22.
Its SAT score is slightly lower than the national average score of 1,174. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 25.
SAT Total1,1301,0001,260
National Average1,174
Iowa Average1,141
SAT EBRW565500630
SAT Math565500630
ACT Composite221925
National Average25
Iowa Average23
ACT Math211725
ACT English211724

Student Population

Central College has a total of 1,169 students (all undergraduate). By gender, there are 584 male students and 555 female students attending Central.
Undergraduate1,139 584555

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address812 University, Pella, IA
Degree & Programs
Program Offered36 Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate79.02%
Student Population1,169
Graduation Rate71%
Transfer-out Rate28%
Retention Rate74%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate13 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties99 (Full-time), 21 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs324 (Full-time), 105 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$67,886
Average Staff Salary$44,988