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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 2017/2018 school year.

What is the cheapest college in Illinois? Leading the colleges list is Christian Life College in Mount Prospect with an out of state tuition of $3,600.

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 Tuition
Out of State Tuition College Rating $Value
$3,600
Out of State Tuition
1) Christian Life College
Mount Prospect, Private Not For Profit
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$8,541
Out of State Tuition
2) Western Illinois University
Macomb, Public Not For Profit
48 65
$9,926
Out of State Tuition
3) University of Phoenix Chicago Campus
Schaumburg, Private For Profit
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$9,990
Out of State Tuition
4) National Louis University
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
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$9,990
Out of State Tuition
5) Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Chicago
Chicago, Private For Profit
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$10,560
Out of State Tuition
6) Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
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$10,617
Out of State Tuition
7) American InterContinental University Online
Hoffman Estates, Private For Profit
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$10,950
Out of State Tuition
8) Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, Public Not For Profit
61 73
$13,020
Out of State Tuition
9) Lincoln Christian University
Lincoln, Private Not For Profit
50 64
$13,200
Out of State Tuition
10) Saint Augustine College
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
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$13,500
Out of State Tuition
11) Telshe Yeshiva Chicago
Chicago, Private Not For Profit
- -
$14,016
Out of State Tuition
12) Chicago State University
Chicago, Public Not For Profit
57 81
$15,835
Out of State Tuition
13) DeVry University Illinois
Chicago, Private For Profit
- -
$16,230
Out of State Tuition
14) Midstate College
Peoria, Private For Profit
- -
$17,100
Out of State Tuition
15) Lincoln College
Lincoln, Private Not For Profit
23 27
$17,280
Out of State Tuition
16) Hebrew Theological College
Skokie, Private Not For Profit
32 9
$17,388
Out of State Tuition
17) The Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg
Schaumburg, Private For Profit
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$18,111
Out of State Tuition
18) Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, Public Not For Profit
20 21
$18,495
Out of State Tuition
19) Chamberlain College of Nursing Illinois
Addison, Private For Profit
- -
$18,793
Out of State Tuition
20) Kendall College
Chicago, Private For Profit
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