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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 2014/2015 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 $7,056.

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 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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Illinois' Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
In State Tuition College Rating $Value
$7,056
In State Tuition
1) Chicago State University
Chicago, Public Not For Profit
36 71
$7,296
In State Tuition
2) Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, Public Not For Profit
45 66
$7,296
In State Tuition
3) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Public Not For Profit
43 65
$8,312
In State Tuition
4) Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Chicago
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$8,415
In State Tuition
5) Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, Public Not For Profit
53 73
$8,490
In State Tuition
6) Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, Public Not For Profit
52 66
$8,632
In State Tuition
7) Western Illinois University
Macomb, Public Not For Profit
45 63
$9,240
In State Tuition
8) Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
56 68
$9,278
In State Tuition
9) Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, Public Not For Profit
62 69
$9,405
In State Tuition
10) University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, Public Not For Profit
71 85
$9,576
In State Tuition
11) Saint Augustine College
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,400
In State Tuition
12) Christian Life College
Mount Prospect, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,470
In State Tuition
13) Illinois State University
Normal, Public Not For Profit
56 72
$10,560
In State Tuition
14) University of Phoenix Chicago Campus
Schaumburg, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,584
In State Tuition
15) University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Public Not For Profit
65 82
$11,104
In State Tuition
16) American InterContinental University Online
Hoffman Estates, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$12,000
In State Tuition
17) Telshe Yeshiva Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$12,036
In State Tuition
18) University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Champaign, Public Not For Profit
81 79
$12,492
In State Tuition
19) National Louis University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$13,464
In State Tuition
20) Argosy University Chicago
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
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