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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 average net price.

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

What is the cheapest college in Illinois? Leading the colleges list is Christian Life College in Mount Prospect with an in state tuition of $3,600.

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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Illinois' Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
In State Tuition College Rating $Value
$3,600
In State Tuition
1) Christian Life College
Mount Prospect, Private Not For Profit
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$7,056
In State Tuition
2) Chicago State University
Chicago, Public Not For Profit
57 81
$8,541
In State Tuition
3) Western Illinois University
Macomb, Public Not For Profit
48 65
$8,760
In State Tuition
4) Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, Public Not For Profit
61 73
$8,772
In State Tuition
5) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Public Not For Profit
44 64
$9,055
In State Tuition
6) Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, Public Not For Profit
20 21
$9,405
In State Tuition
7) University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, Public Not For Profit
62 85
$9,450
In State Tuition
8) Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, Public Not For Profit
41 61
$9,465
In State Tuition
9) Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, Public Not For Profit
63 70
$9,926
In State Tuition
10) University of Phoenix Chicago Campus
Schaumburg, Private For Profit
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$9,990
In State Tuition
11) National Louis University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
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$9,990
In State Tuition
12) Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Chicago
Chicago, Private For Profit
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$10,560
In State Tuition
13) Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
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$10,584
In State Tuition
14) University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Public Not For Profit
58 80
$10,617
In State Tuition
15) American InterContinental University Online
Hoffman Estates, Private For Profit
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$11,108
In State Tuition
16) Illinois State University
Normal, Public Not For Profit
52 68
$12,036
In State Tuition
17) University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Champaign, Public Not For Profit
84 80
$13,020
In State Tuition
18) Lincoln Christian University
Lincoln, Private Not For Profit
50 64
$13,200
In State Tuition
19) Saint Augustine College
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
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$13,500
In State Tuition
20) Telshe Yeshiva Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
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