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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 2016/2017 school year.

What is the cheapest college in Illinois? Leading the 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 2016-2017 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Illinois' Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
In State Tuition College Rating $Value
$15,835
In State Tuition
21) DeVry University Illinois
Chicago, Private For Profit
- -
$16,230
In State Tuition
22) Midstate College
Peoria, Private For Profit
- -
$16,500
In State Tuition
23) Hebrew Theological College
Skokie, Private Not For Profit
32 9
$16,700
In State Tuition
24) Lincoln College
Lincoln, Private Not For Profit
23 27
$17,388
In State Tuition
25) The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago
Chicago, Private For Profit
- -
$17,389
In State Tuition
26) The Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg
Schaumburg, Private For Profit
- -
$18,630
In State Tuition
27) Chamberlain College of Nursing Illinois
Addison, Private For Profit
- -
$18,793
In State Tuition
28) Kendall College
Chicago, Private For Profit
- -
$19,200
In State Tuition
29) Methodist College of Nursing
Peoria, Private Not For Profit
38 31
$19,500
In State Tuition
30) East West University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
- -
$20,752
In State Tuition
31) Blackburn College
Carlinville, Private Not For Profit
48 68
$20,880
In State Tuition
32) Eureka College
Eureka, Private Not For Profit
66 73
$22,580
In State Tuition
33) Aurora University
Aurora, Private Not For Profit
30 44
$24,302
In State Tuition
34) Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Rock Island, Private Not For Profit
- -
$24,390
In State Tuition
35) MacMurray College
Jacksonville, Private Not For Profit
37 53
$24,590
In State Tuition
36) Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
- -
$25,440
In State Tuition
37) VanderCook College of Music
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
35 32
$25,488
In State Tuition
38) Greenville College
Greenville, Private Not For Profit
58 66
$25,800
In State Tuition
39) Robert Morris University Illinois
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
- -
$25,998
In State Tuition
40) Quincy University
Quincy, Private Not For Profit
54 69

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