North Iowa Area Community College

500 College Dr, Mason City, IA

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North Iowa Area Community College, located in Mason City, Iowa, was founded in 1918 and originally known as Mason City Junior College. The school was the first two year institution in the state and operated out of a high school until it was given a new location in the Memorial University Building. The school was given a new home in downtown Mason City and renamed to its current in 1965 through legislation enacted by the state that created a system of two year colleges. The school was given a permanent home in 1970 where it continues to operate.


North Iowa Area Community College is a public two year institution that offers a variety of programs that allow for academic transfer, career training, or adult and continuing education. Academic transfer programs provide the first two years of a four year education, after the completion of which earned credits may be transferred to four year institutions in order to continue one' education. Career training programs take between one and two years to complete, resulting in a degree or certificate that assists in the pursuit of long term employment in one's chosen high demand field or industry. Adult and continuing education courses allow adults to pursue education or career development options as desired or needed.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

North Iowa Area Community College is an open enrollment institution that admits any individual interested in joining. Students should be at least eighteen years old or have a high school diploma, and should submit an application, transcripts, and test scores, as well as pay all associated fees. Students may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration. Participation in new student orientation and meeting with a counselor are encouraged. Financial aid is available in the form of loans and grants which are awarded based on need as determined by the information a student provides on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,300. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $4,000-$4,800
    • Out-of-State: $6,000-$7,223
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $130-$160 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $200-$240 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid94%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships78%$3,914
Receiving Student Loans45%$4,535

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, North Iowa Area Community College may offer services to students like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how this school compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Cerro Gordo County and community colleges in Iowa in total.

 North Iowa Area Community CollegeCerro Gordo CountyIowa
Graduation Rate38.3%38.4%29.0%
Transfer-out Rate20.3%20.3%19.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades


Engineering Technology

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

    Legal Professions and Studies

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Mechanic and Repair Technology

    Precision Production

    Public Administration and Social Services

    Recreation and Fitness Studies

    Security and Protective Services

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