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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
$7,056
In State Tuition
1) Chicago State University
Chicago, Public Not For Profit
57 81
$8,352
In State Tuition
2) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Public Not For Profit
44 64
$8,376
In State Tuition
3) Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, Public Not For Profit
20 21
$8,541
In State Tuition
4) Western Illinois University
Macomb, Public Not For Profit
48 65
$8,670
In State Tuition
5) Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, Public Not For Profit
61 73
$9,099
In State Tuition
6) Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, Public Not For Profit
41 61
$9,116
In State Tuition
7) Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Chicago
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$9,405
In State Tuition
8) University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, Public Not For Profit
62 85
$9,465
In State Tuition
9) Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, Public Not For Profit
63 70
$9,840
In State Tuition
10) University of Phoenix Chicago Campus
Schaumburg, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$9,990
In State Tuition
11) National Louis University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,240
In State Tuition
12) Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,400
In State Tuition
13) Christian Life College
Mount Prospect, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,584
In State Tuition
14) University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Public Not For Profit
58 80
$10,591
In State Tuition
15) American InterContinental University Online
Hoffman Estates, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$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
n/a n/a
$13,500
In State Tuition
20) Telshe Yeshiva Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$15,835
In State Tuition
21) DeVry University Illinois
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$16,230
In State Tuition
22) Midstate College
Peoria, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$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
n/a n/a
$17,389
In State Tuition
26) The Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg
Schaumburg, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$18,630
In State Tuition
27) Chamberlain College of Nursing Illinois
Addison, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$18,793
In State Tuition
28) Kendall College
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$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
n/a n/a
$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
n/a n/a
$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
n/a n/a
$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
n/a n/a
$25,998
In State Tuition
40) Quincy University
Quincy, Private Not For Profit
54 69
$26,840
In State Tuition
41) North Park University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
39 52
$27,200
In State Tuition
42) Trinity Christian College
Palos Heights, Private Not For Profit
63 67
$27,740
In State Tuition
43) McKendree University
Lebanon, Private Not For Profit
48 63
$27,850
In State Tuition
44) Judson University
Elgin, Private Not For Profit
54 62
$28,119
In State Tuition
45) Roosevelt University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
45 42
$29,050
In State Tuition
46) Rockford College
Rockford, Private Not For Profit
57 63
$29,660
In State Tuition
47) Trinity International University
Deerfield, Private Not For Profit
67 69
$29,750
In State Tuition
48) Concordia University Chicago
River Forest, Private Not For Profit
62 70
$29,950
In State Tuition
49) Lewis University
Romeoville, Private Not For Profit
69 73
$30,520
In State Tuition
50) University of St Francis
Joliet, Private Not For Profit
72 76
$30,780
In State Tuition
51) Benedictine University
Lisle, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$31,032
In State Tuition
52) Millikin University
Decatur, Private Not For Profit
65 70
$31,110
In State Tuition
53) Illinois College
Jacksonville, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$31,200
In State Tuition
54) Dominican University
River Forest, Private Not For Profit
65 74
$31,220
In State Tuition
55) Saint Xavier University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
42 60
$31,740
In State Tuition
56) Bradley University
Peoria, Private Not For Profit
70 60
$31,800
In State Tuition
57) American Academy of Art
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$32,950
In State Tuition
58) Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, Private Not For Profit
54 65
$34,050
In State Tuition
59) Wheaton College
Wheaton, Private Not For Profit
71 64
$35,250
In State Tuition
60) Elmhurst College
Elmhurst, Private Not For Profit
61 64
$35,300
In State Tuition
61) Monmouth College
Monmouth, Private Not For Profit
68 74
$36,474
In State Tuition
62) North Central College
Naperville, Private Not For Profit
71 67
$37,020
In State Tuition
63) DePaul University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$39,621
In State Tuition
64) Augustana College
Rock Island, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$40,700
In State Tuition
65) Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
69 55
$42,532
In State Tuition
66) Knox College
Galesburg, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$43,392
In State Tuition
67) Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$43,500
In State Tuition
68) Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
79 71
$43,940
In State Tuition
69) Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, Private Not For Profit
84 66
$44,910
In State Tuition
70) School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
71 36
$50,424
In State Tuition
71) Northwestern University
Evanston, Private Not For Profit
98 70
$50,997
In State Tuition
72) University of Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
99 65