Explore the Cost of Iowa’s Private Colleges With “Your Course to College” During Iowa Private College Week

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Continuing though Aug. 7, Iowa Private College Week showcases the benefits Iowa’s private colleges offer prospective students, including smaller class sizes and enrollments compared to larger public universities, as well school-based grants that can supplement other scholarships and state grants when considering financial aid. According to the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the organization behind Iowa Private College Week, this combination can help students finish their degree less time and carry less financial stress from debt after graduation.

To help understand both what colleges offer and the cost of those schools, Iowa College Aid publishes the annual “Your Course” guide, featuring profiles of every college in Iowa, including student enrollment numbers and tuition, boarding and supply cost estimates provided by each school. Coinciding with Iowa Private College Week, we are highlighting the profiles of participating schools and giving an early look at some of the college profiles featured in the upcoming “Your Course to College Guide” for the 2015-16 school year. To see the previous schools featured, check out our blog posts from Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

For more information on Iowa Private College Week, visit their website. For more information on “Your Course to College” and other student/parent resources available from Iowa College Aid, visit their website.

Mercy College of Health Sciences
Enrollment: 774
Tuition & Fees: Full time $8,134 per semester; Part time $563/credit Fees vary by program, please see mchs.edu/tuition for complete details.
Est. Off-Campus Room & Board: $5,360
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,540
Types of Programs: Nursing (AS & BS), Physical Therapist         Assistant (AS), Radiologic Technology (AS), Surgical Technology (Cert/AS), Cardiac and Abdominal Sonography (AS), Nuclear Medicine Technology (Cert), Clinical Laboratory Science (Cert),  Health Care Administration (BS), Health Science (BS), Medical Assisting (Cert/AS), and Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic (Cert/AS)
About the School: Mercy College of Health Sciences is on the forefront of health science education; it’s our focus and what we do. Our students major in subjects that lead to high demand careers in healthcare. While you’re here studying, you’ll be challenged to get involved and make a difference on campus and throughout the community. Health science majors make a difference in lives every day – while in school and once they translate their major into a career of service. In fact, as healthcare undergoes dramatic change – the demand for the skills you acquire at Mercy College will only grow.
As a Catholic educational institution, we want to help you to discover the gifts God has given you and help you prepare for a career of service to others. There are endless possibilities in healthcare to use your gifts and we’ll not only prepare you for licensure or certification in your eventual career field, but help to transform your gifts to bring relief and healing to some and comfort and spiritual support to others. Mercy College can help you to get started. A Mercy College health science education is distinctive for a number of important reasons:
1. Instruction that is a blend of professional course content alongside liberal arts and science courses to ensure a healthcare perspective permeates instruction;
2. Students are afforded exceptional, hands-on clinical experiences, more than 150 clinical partners;
3. Campus ministry that provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to explore, challenge, develop and live out their faith;
4. Service learning interwoven within health science courses that include serving a variety of groups within or outside traditional healthcare, including unique immersion experiences; and
5. Tremendous success with passage of national licensure and certification examinations.

Morningside College
Enrollment: 2,824
Tuition & Fees: $28,155
On-Campus Room & Board: $8,710
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,188
Highest Offering or Degree: Master’s
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts, General, Teacher Preparation & Professional
About the School: The Morningside College experience cultivates a passion for lifelong learning and a dedication to ethical leadership and civic responsibility. Morningside College offers a total experience. Students develop various dimensions of themselves through the liberal arts core curriculum, a complete range of majors, internships, independent study and career and graduate school advising services.  Within six months of graduation, more than 98 percent of graduates are employed or admitted to graduate school.

Mount Mercy University
Enrollment: 1,762
Tuition & Fees: $28,226
On-Campus Room & Board: $8,600
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,200
Highest Offering or Degree: Master’s
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts and Professional Programs
About the School: Be valued. Mount Mercy offers baccalaureate and graduate education to nearly 1,800 enrolled students, uniquely blending liberal arts learning with professional career development and a strong commitment to serving the common good.  Undergraduates can choose from over 35 majors and minors and strong programs in biology, business, criminal justice, education, English, psychology and nursing.  Dedicated faculty members inspire students to lead and serve. The University offers an array of scholarships and financial aid for all incoming first-year and transfer students, including the Catherine McAuley free tuition scholarship to qualifying Iowa high school graduates whose family income is $45,000 or less annually.

Northwestern College
Enrollment: 1,205 undergraduate
Tuition & Fees: $28,950
On-Campus Room & Board: $8,750
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,200
Highest Offering or Degree: Master’s
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts and Sciences, General, Teacher Preparation and Pre-Professional, Master’s degree in education, a graduate certificate in international development
About the School: Northwestern College is a Christian academic community that both challenges and supports students as it develops their minds and empowers their faith. Opportunities for meaningful involvement and service enlarge students’ worldviews and prepare them for fulfilling careers and faithful lives as thinking Christians.
The academic program includes more than 80 programs and numerous opportunities for off-campus study. Northwestern students are taught by award-winning faculty with doctorates from such institutions as Notre Dame, Duke, UCLA and Yale. Many construction projects have taken place in the past decade on Northwestern’s campus, including the student center, facilities for the arts and athletics, student housing and a $14 million learning commons.

Simpson College
Enrollment: 1,654 undergraduate
Tuition & Fees: $34,175
On-Campus Room & Board: $7,963
Est. Books and Supplies: $1,188
Highest Offering or Degree: Master’s
Types of Programs: Liberal Arts and General, Teacher Preparation
About the School: Simpson College is more than a beautiful campus. The College has an outstanding faculty and renowned curricula, including more than 80 majors, minors and pre-professional opportunities, including internships, career observations and study programs both abroad and in the United States. We offer 18 varsity sports for men and women in a highly successful NCAA Division III athletic program. We also offer a large intramural program and many student clubs and organizations. Located just 12 miles from Des Moines, Iowa’s capital and largest metropolitan area, Simpson’s ideal location allows students the opportunity to enjoy both city sophistication and small-town charm. The beautiful 75-acre tree-lined campus provides a setting that nurtures creativity, energy and productivity.

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