Tuition & Financial Aid

StudentIndian Hills Community College offers one of the lowest tuition rates in Iowa.

Tuition for the 2016–2017 academic year is:

  • $165 per credit hour for in-state and online students
  • $240 per credit hour for out-of-state and international students

Please be advised that some courses have additional fees for labs, technology, uniforms, and related items, which will appear on your bill as part of the registration process.

Download Tuition Payment and Refund Information

How Much Will My Education Cost?

Download Current Tuition & Fees
A resource that estimates the cost of tuition/fees based on current tuition rates.

Download Costsheet Chart
A resource that estimates the cost of tuition/fees for each academic program, based on current tuition rates.

Net Price Calculator
The Net Price Calculator is a helpful tool that estimates the cost of attending Indian Hills, based (in part) on information you provide.

The FAFSA4caster is a free financial aid calculator that gives you an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. This information helps families plan ahead for college. Click on the Net Price Calculator link above, and then click "FAFSA4caster."

Contacts: Business Office & Financial Aid Office

For information regarding tuition payment, billing, book charges, and refund procedures, please contact the Business Officephone: (641) 683-5221 | (800) 726-2585, ext. 5221 | email:

For financial aid, policies and processes, documentation, eligibility, and scholarships, please contact the Financial Aid Officephone: (641) 683-5262 | (800) 726-2585, ext. 5262 | email:

WebAdvisor Video Tutorials

WebAdvisor is a key system that students use for a variety of purposes at IHCC. For step-by-step instructions on how to log in to WebAdvisor, change your password, search and register for courses, use express registration, accept your financial aid, pay your bill, and view grades, please watch our WebAdvisor Video Tutorials

1098T Information for Students:
2015 Federal/State Income Tax Returns

A 1098T is a tuition statement that educational institutions must file for each student who is enrolled and for whom a reportable transaction is made as per the Internal Revenue Service. The 1098T form indicates any amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses for the calendar year. Please see Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education for additional information or contact your tax professional.


View a more detailed guide of the 1098T Tax Form here.


For tax year 2015, your 1098T form has been mailed to your address of record! Access your WebAdvisor account to view or print additional copies.


Any questions regarding the 1098T can be directed to OneStop at (800) 726-2585, x5262.

Financial Aid

As a student at Indian Hills Community College, you may be able to reduce your college expenses with financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study programs, and/or loans. The Financial Aid Office at Indian Hills is here to help you find the assistance you need to further your education and accomplish your goals.

We have compiled the information necessary for you to begin the process of applying for Federal and State sources of financial aid, and to explore the Educational Tax Benefits that might apply to you.

Federal and State Financial Aid Information

Federal School Code: 008298
FAFSA Website (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

2016-2017 FAFSA - Submit your FREE application for Federal Student Aid NOW!

Attention College Students: You must renew your FAFSA each school year to be eligible for Federal student loans and grants!

2017-2018 FAFSA Now AVAILABLE (For the 2017-2018 Academic Year)

You might hear about some changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). But don't worry; these changes were put in place to make the FAFSA process easier. Starting with the 2017-18 FAFSA, there will be two major changes:

  1. You'll be able to submit your FAFSA earlier. You can file your 2017-2018 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016, rather than beginning on January 1, 2017. If you file the FAFSA earlier it can help with budgeting for the upcoming school year.
  2. You'll use earlier income tax information. Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, you (and your parent(s), as appropriate) will report your 2015 income and tax information, rather than your 2016 information.

What are the advantages of these recent changes?

  • No more missed deadline
  • No more guessing information
  • No longer waiting on tax preparation
  • More time to resolve any supplemental documentation
  • Easier to utilize the Data Retrieval Tool
  • More time to prepare, make decisions, and submit documentation

Complete it today at

Need help to complete the FAFSA?

On campus assistance for completing the FAFSA is available by contacting the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) at (641) 683-5315. The EOC Office can provide assistance with completing the FAFSA, IRS tax transcript retrieval, Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling.

Aid offered by the College

Indian Hills Community College offers a variety of other financial aid opportunities for which you may qualify:

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Definition of Financial Need

Students are packaged for financial aid (given financial aid from several of the programs for which a student is eligible) based on the student’s financial need. Financial need is determined by a student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) (computed from information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — FAFSA) as compared to IHCC’s Cost of Attendance (COA). Those who have a positive number remaining after the EFC is subtracted from the Cost of Attendance may qualify for some need based aid sources. To meet with federal regulations, IHCC defines the neediest students as those whose EFC = 0 (zero).

Awarding Philosophy

Indian Hills awards financial aid based on need. Need–based financial aid reduces barriers to higher education for students and families who could not otherwise afford college costs. This need–based packaging philosophy assures that: Students with similar circumstances are treated equally; and “Need” is the only criteria used to award most undergraduate financial aid.

Financial need is the difference between the Indian Hills budget (estimated cost of attendance) and your expected family contribution: Your expected family contribution (EFC) is determined by the U.S. Department of Education's Central Processing System, using formulas determined by Congress and written into public law. Your own EFC is calculated based on the information you provide in your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Please note: Limited funding is available. If you're eligible for financial aid, your need will be funded by various sources on a first–come, first–served basis, based on fund availability. Read the packaging policy for undergraduate students to learn more about the various ways Indian Hills helps you cover your costs.

Financial Aid Packaging Policy

Award packaging covers your financial need with a mix of different types of financial aid. “Need” is the difference between the Indian Hills Cost of Attendance (your estimated costs) and your expected family contribution, as determined by your FAFSA.

If you're eligible for assistance, your need will be funded by various sources on a first–come, first–served basis, based on fund availability. Funds are distributed in the following sequence:

  1. Scholarships from Indian Hills and outside agencies (if awarding of Federal and State aid is not complete)
  2. Grants Federal Pell Grant Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
  3. Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS)
  4. Federal Work–Study

When Will I Receive My Financial Aid?

Understand how financial aid is adjusted and when you can expect your aid: View Receive Dates

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) is required to establish satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards for students receiving federal and state financial aid in accordance with U.S. Department of Education regulations. The standards addressed in the document below are applicable to all students receiving federal, state, and institutional financial assistance administered by the IHCC Financial Aid Office.
Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

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Financial Aid Award Information and Policies

As stated in your Award Letter, this section contains information and policies regarding financial aid eligibility requirements and other information on specific awards including, federal and state grants and scholarships, work–study, and the different types of federal loans. Other important information includes the effects that withdrawing and/or failing your courses can have on your financial aid, satisfactory academic progress, Loan Counseling and Master Promissory Note requirements, changes that could affect your financial aid package, and approximate disbursements dates for each term.

IHCC Financial Assistance Office Policies and Procedures Manual

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Exit Counseling

Student loans are legal obligations that must be repaid, with interest, similar to a car loan or a home mortgage. Please review the following guides to help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a student loan borrower, and find tips and information to successfully manage your student loan repayment.

Financial Aid Forms

Below you will find financial aid forms that may be necessary for the processing of your financial aid, including Verification Worksheets, the Parent PLUS Loan Application, the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Form, and the Income Clarification Form. If you need a form that is not available online, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Academic Year 2016–2017

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Academic Year 2017–2018

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Other Financial Aid Forms

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Frequently Asked Questions

For additional information, please explore our answers to a number of
Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Financial Aid Office.

In addition: Please beware of Student Loan Debt Relief & Credit Repair "Deals." To read more about how to protect yourself from these scams, please click here.

Additional Policies


Ottumwa Campus Centerville Campus
Financial Aid Office
Indian Hills Community College
623 Indian Hills Drive
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Financial Aid Office
Indian Hills Community College
721 North First Street
Centerville, IA 52544
(641) 683-5262
(800) 726-2585, ext. 5262
(641) 856-2143
(800) 670-3641
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