Crunch the Numbers: Undergraduate Costs

All admitted students will receive a minimum $30,000 scholarship!

This program applies to all admitted students entering during 2023-24 and does not apply to graduate programs.

Wartburg College is committed to making its distinctive experiential academic programs accessible and affordable for students. Many families falsely believe a private education is out of reach financially and miss the opportunity for generous scholarships available at places like Wartburg. Choose the right school for you that will set you up for success. The Wartburg educational experience provides excellent value for the investment with personal attention, hands-on learning, small classes, faculty advising/mentorship, and a strong alumni network.

What is the difference between sticker price and net price?
Sticker price is the total yearly cost of a college education, but net price is what you actually pay after scholarships and grants are factored in. Private colleges like Wartburg are more generous with financial aid dollars than lower-priced colleges. Take a look at the average net price comparisons below.

2022-23 Costs

Tuition: $46,740
Student Support Services Fee: $2,450
Housing (approx) $5,900
Food (approx) $4,380
TOTAL $59,470
Average Net Price $21,350

2023-24 Costs

Tuition: $48,490
Student Support Services Fee: $2,550
Housing (approx) $6,372*
Food (approx) $4,690
TOTAL $62,102
*Average Housing for First-Year Halls   $6,250
TOTAL using First-Year Halls $61,980

This is our cost, but what’s your net price? 

In the average price below, we have included federal loans and on-campus work as additional resources toward a student’s cost.

Average Net Price Graphic

*Average Price is Direct Cost of Attendance (Tuition, Fees, Room and Board) minus financial aid package
(federal, state, and Wartburg grants and scholarships, federal loans and on-campus employment.)

Average First-Year Student Financial Aid Package by Family Income Levels
Academic Year 2021-22

Financial Aid Packages by Income 2022

Average Net Price Comparison with Similar Liberal Arts Colleges

Wartburg College - $21,350
Cornell College - $22,667
Central College - $22,966
Augustana College (Ill.) - $24,472
Knox College - $25,476
Luther College - $25,929
Gustavus Adolphus College - $27,657
St. Olaf College - $27,729

Information based on recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Many Iowa residents qualify for the Iowa Tuition Grant, which is only available if you attend a private college in Iowa and meet certain income requirements. When you add it to our minimum scholarship for admitted students, the cost is basically equal between Wartburg and Iowa’s state universities. See the chart below for details. These numbers only apply to Iowa residents who qualify for the Iowa Tuition Grant

Wartburg vs. Average at Iowa Universities



State University Average

Cost of Attendance
(includes tuition, fees, room, board, books, personal expenses, and transportation)


Iowa State | Iowa | UNI

Minimum Wartburg Scholarship

– $30,000

Iowa Tuition Grant

– $7,500

Federal Support (Work Study and Loans)



Total Cost



You may qualify for additional scholarships beyond the cost listed above.
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