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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 average net price.

The most affordable four year colleges in America are listed by one year's in state tuition list price for the 2017/2018 school year.

What is the cheapest college in America? Leading the colleges list is Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater with an in state tuition of $910.

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 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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America's Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
In State Tuition College Rating $Value
$910
In State Tuition
1) Bridgewater State University
Massachusetts, Public Not-For-Profit
38 61
$910
In State Tuition
2) Salem State University
Massachusetts, Public Not-For-Profit
42 64
$970
In State Tuition
3) Fitchburg State University
Massachusetts, Public Not-For-Profit
39 67
$970
In State Tuition
4) Framingham State University
Massachusetts, Public Not-For-Profit
53 68
$970
In State Tuition
5) Westfield State University
Massachusetts, Public Not-For-Profit
43 63
$970
In State Tuition
6) Worcester State University
Massachusetts, Public Not-For-Profit
51 73
$984
In State Tuition
7) Broward College
Florida, Public Not-For-Profit
- -
$1,030
In State Tuition
8) Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts, Public Not-For-Profit
46 70
$1,320
In State Tuition
9) Dine College
Arizona, Public Not-For-Profit
- -
$1,714
In State Tuition
10) Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Massachusetts, Public Not-For-Profit
54 75
$1,750
In State Tuition
11) Gulf Coast State College
Florida, Public Not-For-Profit
- -
$1,776
In State Tuition
12) Turtle Mountain Community College
North Dakota, Private Not-For-Profit
- -
$1,872
In State Tuition
13) Santa Fe College
Florida, Public Not-For-Profit
- -
$1,910
In State Tuition
14) College of Central Florida
Florida, Public Not-For-Profit
- -
$1,984
In State Tuition
15) Valencia College
Florida, Public Not-For-Profit
- -
$1,987
In State Tuition
16) Miami Dade College
Florida, Public Not-For-Profit
- -
$2,016
In State Tuition
17) Oglala Lakota College
South Dakota, Public Not-For-Profit
- -
$2,051
In State Tuition
18) Pensacola State College
Florida, Public Not-For-Profit
- -
$2,076
In State Tuition
19) Saint Johns River State College
Florida, Public Not-For-Profit
- -
$2,277
In State Tuition
20) Gainesville State College
Georgia, Public Not-For-Profit
15 100