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Cheapest Colleges in Illinois by Out of State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university in Illinois but aren't a state resident, these are the least expensive out of state colleges to consider. Additionally, if you are a foreign citizen and cannot qualify for in-state tuition, these are the cheapest universities in Illinois for international students.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published out of state total cost. 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 out of state total cost 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.

Total cost may factor in an estimated off-campus living expense if a school doens't provide housing. This estimate may vary widely by college. To view a rank by academic fees alone please see our Illinois tuition ranking.

The most affordable four year colleges in Illinois are listed by one year's out of state total cost list price for the 2017/2018 school year. Total cost includes tuition, room and board or estimated off campus living expenses, books and supplies and other fees.

What is the cheapest college in Illinois? Leading the colleges list is Christian Life College in Mount Prospect with an out of state total cost of $10,381.

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 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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Illinois' Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Total Cost
Out of State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$10,381
Out of State Total Cost
1) Christian Life College
Mount Prospect, Private Not For Profit
- -
$13,700
Out of State Total Cost
2) Telshe Yeshiva Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
- -
$16,564
Out of State Total Cost
3) American InterContinental University Online
Hoffman Estates, Private For Profit
- -
$16,616
Out of State Total Cost
4) University of Phoenix Chicago Campus
Schaumburg, Private For Profit
- -
$21,584
Out of State Total Cost
5) Lincoln Christian University
Lincoln, Private Not For Profit
50 64
$22,900
Out of State Total Cost
6) Saint Augustine College
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
- -
$23,172
Out of State Total Cost
7) Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Chicago
Chicago, Private For Profit
- -
$23,669
Out of State Total Cost
8) DeVry University Illinois
Chicago, Private For Profit
- -
$23,727
Out of State Total Cost
9) Western Illinois University
Macomb, Public Not For Profit
48 65
$23,752
Out of State Total Cost
10) Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
- -
$23,754
Out of State Total Cost
11) Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, Public Not For Profit
61 73
$24,975
Out of State Total Cost
12) Midstate College
Peoria, Private For Profit
- -
$25,500
Out of State Total Cost
13) Lincoln College
Lincoln, Private Not For Profit
23 27
$25,740
Out of State Total Cost
14) National Louis University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
- -
$27,736
Out of State Total Cost
15) Chicago State University
Chicago, Public Not For Profit
57 81
$30,157
Out of State Total Cost
16) The Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg
Schaumburg, Private For Profit
- -
$30,352
Out of State Total Cost
17) Blackburn College
Carlinville, Private Not For Profit
48 68
$31,207
Out of State Total Cost
18) Chamberlain College of Nursing Illinois
Addison, Private For Profit
- -
$31,340
Out of State Total Cost
19) Hebrew Theological College
Skokie, Private Not For Profit
32 9
$31,898
Out of State Total Cost
20) University of Illinois at Springfield
Springfield, Public Not For Profit
62 85