Cheapest Colleges in Illinois by In State Tuition

If you're looking for an affordable university and you are a resident of Illinois 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 Illinois list for a ranking which considers school quality and net price.

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

What is the cheapest college in Illinois? Leading our colleges list is Chicago State University in Chicago with an in state tuition of $6,456.

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.

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Illinois' Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
College In State Tuition Rating $Value
1 Chicago State University
Chicago, Public
$6,456 36 59
2 Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, Public
$6,888 45 70
3 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Public
$7,296 43 64
4 University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, Public
$7,398 71 82
5 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Chicago
Chicago, Private
$8,256 n/a n/a
6 Western Illinois University
Macomb, Public
$8,406 45 69
7 Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, Public
$8,415 53 74
8 Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, Public
$8,490 52 73
9 Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, Public
$9,096 62 73
10 Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, Private
$9,120 56 76
11 Saint Augustine College
Chicago, Private
$9,120 n/a n/a
12 Christian Life College
Mount Prospect, Private
$9,920 n/a n/a
13 Illinois State University
Normal, Public
$10,260 56 75
14 University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Public
$10,406 65 86
15 University of Phoenix Chicago Campus
Schaumburg, Private
$10,560 n/a n/a
16 Rasmussen College Illinois
Rockford, Private
$10,764 n/a n/a
17 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Champaign, Public
$11,834 81 80
18 Telshe Yeshiva Chicago
Chicago, Private
$12,000 n/a n/a
19 American InterContinental University Online
Hoffman Estates, Private
$13,345 n/a n/a
20 Argosy University Chicago
Chicago, Private
$13,464 n/a n/a

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