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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
47 77
$8,352
In State Tuition
2) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Public Not For Profit
45 65
$8,376
In State Tuition
3) Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, Public Not For Profit
23 31
$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
45 65
$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
64 86
$9,465
In State Tuition
9) Northern Illinois University
Dekalb, Public Not For Profit
65 71
$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
56 79
$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
53 69
$12,036
In State Tuition
17) University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Champaign, Public Not For Profit
80 79
$13,020
In State Tuition
18) Lincoln Christian University
Lincoln, Private Not For Profit
52 66
$13,056
In State Tuition
19) Argosy University Schaumburg
Schaumburg, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$13,200
In State Tuition
20) Saint Augustine College
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$13,344
In State Tuition
21) Argosy University Chicago
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$13,500
In State Tuition
22) Telshe Yeshiva Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$14,400
In State Tuition
23) International Academy of Design and Technology Chicago
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$15,111
In State Tuition
24) Westwood College O'Hare Airport
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$15,111
In State Tuition
25) Westwood College Dupage
Woodridge, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$15,111
In State Tuition
26) Westwood College River Oaks
Calumet City, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$15,111
In State Tuition
27) Westwood College Chicago Loop
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$15,835
In State Tuition
28) DeVry University Illinois
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$16,230
In State Tuition
29) Midstate College
Peoria, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$16,500
In State Tuition
30) Hebrew Theological College
Skokie, Private Not For Profit
26 n/a
$16,700
In State Tuition
31) Lincoln College
Lincoln, Private Not For Profit
29 41
$17,377
In State Tuition
32) Harrington College of Design
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$17,388
In State Tuition
33) The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$17,389
In State Tuition
34) The Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg
Schaumburg, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$17,748
In State Tuition
35) ITT Technical Institute Mount Prospect
Mount Prospect, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$17,748
In State Tuition
36) ITT Technical Institute Orland Park
Orland Park, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$17,748
In State Tuition
37) ITT Technical Institute Oak Brook
Oak Brook, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$18,630
In State Tuition
38) Chamberlain College of Nursing Illinois
Addison, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$18,793
In State Tuition
39) Kendall College
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$19,200
In State Tuition
40) Methodist College of Nursing
Peoria, Private Not For Profit
42 38
$19,500
In State Tuition
41) East West University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$20,752
In State Tuition
42) Blackburn College
Carlinville, Private Not For Profit
53 71
$20,880
In State Tuition
43) Eureka College
Eureka, Private Not For Profit
73 75
$22,580
In State Tuition
44) Aurora University
Aurora, Private Not For Profit
35 50
$23,500
In State Tuition
45) Lexington College
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
32 21
$24,302
In State Tuition
46) Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Rock Island, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$24,390
In State Tuition
47) MacMurray College
Jacksonville, Private Not For Profit
34 48
$24,590
In State Tuition
48) Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$25,440
In State Tuition
49) VanderCook College of Music
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
43 46
$25,488
In State Tuition
50) Greenville College
Greenville, Private Not For Profit
60 67
$25,800
In State Tuition
51) Robert Morris University Illinois
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$25,998
In State Tuition
52) Quincy University
Quincy, Private Not For Profit
50 66
$26,840
In State Tuition
53) North Park University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
66 71
$27,200
In State Tuition
54) Trinity Christian College
Palos Heights, Private Not For Profit
53 61
$27,740
In State Tuition
55) McKendree University
Lebanon, Private Not For Profit
51 66
$27,850
In State Tuition
56) Judson University
Elgin, Private Not For Profit
53 61
$28,119
In State Tuition
57) Roosevelt University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
55 52
$29,050
In State Tuition
58) Rockford College
Rockford, Private Not For Profit
46 55
$29,660
In State Tuition
59) Trinity International University
Deerfield, Private Not For Profit
60 66
$29,750
In State Tuition
60) Concordia University Chicago
River Forest, Private Not For Profit
67 72
$29,950
In State Tuition
61) Lewis University
Romeoville, Private Not For Profit
61 69
$30,520
In State Tuition
62) University of St Francis
Joliet, Private Not For Profit
67 74
$30,780
In State Tuition
63) Benedictine University
Lisle, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$31,000
In State Tuition
64) Shimer College
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$31,032
In State Tuition
65) Millikin University
Decatur, Private Not For Profit
69 72
$31,110
In State Tuition
66) Illinois College
Jacksonville, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$31,200
In State Tuition
67) Dominican University
River Forest, Private Not For Profit
56 70
$31,220
In State Tuition
68) Saint Xavier University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
39 57
$31,740
In State Tuition
69) Bradley University
Peoria, Private Not For Profit
73 62
$31,800
In State Tuition
70) American Academy of Art
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$32,950
In State Tuition
71) Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, Private Not For Profit
56 66
$34,050
In State Tuition
72) Wheaton College
Wheaton, Private Not For Profit
77 67
$35,250
In State Tuition
73) Elmhurst College
Elmhurst, Private Not For Profit
75 70
$35,300
In State Tuition
74) Monmouth College
Monmouth, Private Not For Profit
63 72
$36,474
In State Tuition
75) North Central College
Naperville, Private Not For Profit
72 67
$37,020
In State Tuition
76) DePaul University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$39,621
In State Tuition
77) Augustana College
Rock Island, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$40,700
In State Tuition
78) Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
70 56
$42,532
In State Tuition
79) Knox College
Galesburg, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$43,392
In State Tuition
80) Lake Forest College
Lake Forest, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$43,500
In State Tuition
81) Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
81 72
$43,940
In State Tuition
82) Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, Private Not For Profit
81 65
$44,910
In State Tuition
83) School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
70 35
$50,424
In State Tuition
84) Northwestern University
Evanston, Private Not For Profit
98 70
$50,997
In State Tuition
85) University of Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
99 65