DES MOINES, Iowa, January 21, 2021 — Mercy College of Health Sciences has announced a new tuition structure for the 2021-2022 academic school year that is anticipated to result in a tuition decrease for many students. The announcement comes after the recent approval by the Mercy College Board of Directors.

The tuition structure eliminates the part-time (1 – 11 credit hours) and full-time (12 – 18 credit hours) enrollment statuses in favor of a per credit hour tuition structure for all credits attempted. As a result, tuition will be $680 per credit hour, regardless of the number of credits attempted. The new structure is designed to improve the understanding and transparency around the cost of a Mercy College education.

“We continue to strive to keep tuition affordable, competitive, and transparent while celebrating the critical role our students play in our society and community,”
stated Mercy College President.

Exceptions to this new structure include credits attempted in the Paramedic, Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Mercy College PLUS programs. A complete listing of tuition and fees for the upcoming year can be found on Mercy College’s website at

Despite a challenging year, Mercy College has also distributed more than $450,000 in federal and state emergency aid directly to students. The funds have assisted students with emergency needs in their personal lives and facilitated their transition to online learning.

About Mercy College of Health Sciences
Mercy College of Health Sciences is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Located in downtown Des Moines, Mercy College prepares graduates for service and leadership in the healthcare community with a wide range of bachelor, associate, and certificate programs. Mercy College’s liberal arts and sciences education develops compassionate caregivers and leaders. Visit or call (515) 643-3180 to learn more.