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Cheapest Colleges in Illinois by Out of State Tuition

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 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 out of 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 out of state tuition list price for the 2016/2017 school year.

What is the cheapest college in Illinois? Leading the colleges list is Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Chicago in Chicago with an out of state tuition of $9,116.

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 Out of State Tuition
Out of State Tuition College Rating $Value
$9,116
Out of State Tuition
1) Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Chicago
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$9,840
Out of State Tuition
2) University of Phoenix Chicago Campus
Schaumburg, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$9,990
Out of State Tuition
3) National Louis University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,240
Out of State Tuition
4) Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,400
Out of State Tuition
5) Christian Life College
Mount Prospect, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,591
Out of State Tuition
6) American InterContinental University Online
Hoffman Estates, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$10,830
Out of State Tuition
7) Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, Public Not For Profit
61 73
$12,812
Out of State Tuition
8) Western Illinois University
Macomb, Public Not For Profit
48 65
$13,020
Out of State Tuition
9) Lincoln Christian University
Lincoln, Private Not For Profit
52 66
$13,056
Out of State Tuition
10) Argosy University Schaumburg
Schaumburg, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$13,200
Out of State Tuition
11) Saint Augustine College
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$13,344
Out of State Tuition
12) Argosy University Chicago
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$13,500
Out of State Tuition
13) Telshe Yeshiva Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$14,016
Out of State Tuition
14) Chicago State University
Chicago, Public Not For Profit
47 77
$14,400
Out of State Tuition
15) International Academy of Design and Technology Chicago
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$15,111
Out of State Tuition
16) Westwood College O'Hare Airport
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$15,111
Out of State Tuition
17) Westwood College Dupage
Woodridge, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$15,111
Out of State Tuition
18) Westwood College River Oaks
Calumet City, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$15,111
Out of State Tuition
19) Westwood College Chicago Loop
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$15,835
Out of State Tuition
20) DeVry University Illinois
Chicago, Private For Profit
n/a n/a