Cheapest Colleges in America by In State Tuition

If you're looking for an affordable university these are the least expensive in state colleges to consider.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published in state tuition. It's important to research the typical financial aid package offered by a school, the average net price actually paid and most importantly the quality of education you receive for your tuition dollar. Sometimes a school which appears cheap based on list price can be a poor relative value if it can't award competitive financial aid or doesn't offer a quality education. The list below is a ranking on published in state tuition with no consideration of actual average price paid or academic quality of the school. Please see the CollegeCalc best value colleges in America list for a ranking which considers school quality and net price.

The most affordable four year colleges in America are listed by one year's in state tuition list price for the 2013/2014 school year.

What is the cheapest college in America? Leading our colleges list is Dine College in Tsaile with an in state tuition of $720.

Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our rating methodology.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2013-2014 academic year.

America's Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
College In State Tuition Rating $Value
1 Dine College
Arizona, Public
$720 n/a n/a
2 Bridgewater State University
Massachusetts, Public
$910 41 66
3 Salem State University
Massachusetts, Public
$910 38 63
4 Fitchburg State University
Massachusetts, Public
$970 42 74
5 Framingham State University
Massachusetts, Public
$970 59 75
6 Westfield State University
Massachusetts, Public
$970 52 76
7 Worcester State University
Massachusetts, Public
$970 40 69
8 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts, Public
$1,030 49 77
9 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Massachusetts, Public
$1,417 47 69
10 University of Massachusetts Lowell
Massachusetts, Public
$1,454 60 75
11 Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Massachusetts, Public
$1,465 53 65
12 Texas Southern University
Texas, Public
$1,500 29 68
13 University of Massachusetts Amherst
Massachusetts, Public
$1,714 72 77
14 University of Massachusetts Boston
Massachusetts, Public
$1,714 48 77
15 Turtle Mountain Community College
North Dakota, Private
$1,776 n/a n/a
16 Broward College
Florida, Public
$1,810 n/a n/a
17 Santa Fe College
Florida, Public
$1,840 n/a n/a
18 Valencia College
Florida, Public
$1,888 n/a n/a
19 College of Central Florida
Florida, Public
$1,910 n/a n/a
20 Oglala Lakota College
South Dakota, Public
$1,920 n/a n/a


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