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.
Keep in mind that 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 methodology for the list below is solely 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 $6,456.
Another affordable option for Illinois students is to study at a community college for two years, then progress to a full four year college to earn your bachelors degree. A comprehensive list of Illinois community colleges can be found here with annual tuition that may be cheaper than four year colleges.
Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our rating methodology.
All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2013-2014 academic year.
|College||In State Tuition||Rating||$Value|
|1||Chicago State University
|2||Northeastern Illinois University
|3||Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
|4||University of Illinois at Springfield
|5||Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Chicago
|6||Western Illinois University
|7||Southern Illinois University Carbondale
|8||Eastern Illinois University
|9||Northern Illinois University
|10||Saint Augustine College
|11||Moody Bible Institute
|12||Christian Life College
Mount Prospect, Private
|13||Illinois State University
|14||University of Illinois at Chicago
|15||University of Phoenix Chicago Campus
|16||Rasmussen College Illinois
|17||University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
|18||Telshe Yeshiva Chicago
|19||American InterContinental University Online
Hoffman Estates, Private
|20||Argosy University Chicago
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