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Cheapest Colleges in Minnesota by In State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university and you are a resident of Minnesota these are the least expensive in state colleges to consider.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published in 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 in 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota tuition ranking.

The most affordable four year colleges in Minnesota are listed by one year's in 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 Minnesota? Leading the colleges list is Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall with an in state total cost of $17,620.

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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Minnesota's Cheapest Colleges by In State Total Cost
In State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$17,620
In State Total Cost
1) Southwest Minnesota State University
Marshall, Public Not For Profit
45 68
$17,729
In State Total Cost
2) Bemidji State University
Bemidji, Public Not For Profit
43 69
$17,986
In State Total Cost
3) Saint Cloud State University
Saint Cloud, Public Not For Profit
41 68
$18,276
In State Total Cost
4) Minnesota State University Moorhead
Moorhead, Public Not For Profit
52 72
$18,282
In State Total Cost
5) Minnesota State University Mankato
Mankato, Public Not For Profit
49 74
$18,856
In State Total Cost
6) Capella University
Minneapolis, Private For Profit
- -
$19,009
In State Total Cost
7) Winona State University
Winona, Public Not For Profit
58 71
$19,179
In State Total Cost
8) Metropolitan State University
Saint Paul, Public Not For Profit
- -
$19,470
In State Total Cost
9) University of Phoenix Minneapolis/St Paul Campus
Saint Louis Park, Private For Profit
- -
$20,403
In State Total Cost
10) Minnesota School of Business Shakopee
Shakopee, Private For Profit
- -
$20,664
In State Total Cost
11) Globe University Woodbury
Woodbury, Private For Profit
- -
$20,664
In State Total Cost
12) Minnesota School of Business Richfield
Richfield, Private For Profit
- -
$20,664
In State Total Cost
13) Minnesota School of Business Brooklyn Center
Brooklyn Center, Private For Profit
- -
$20,664
In State Total Cost
14) Minnesota School of Business Plymouth
Plymouth, Private For Profit
- -
$20,664
In State Total Cost
15) Minnesota School of Business Waite Park
Waite Park, Private For Profit
- -
$20,664
In State Total Cost
16) Minnesota School of Business Rochester
Rochester, Private For Profit
- -
$20,664
In State Total Cost
17) Minnesota School of Business Blaine
Blaine, Private For Profit
- -
$20,664
In State Total Cost
18) Minnesota School of Business Moorhead
Moorhead, Private For Profit
- -
$20,664
In State Total Cost
19) Minnesota School of Business Elk River
Elk River, Private For Profit
- -
$20,664
In State Total Cost
20) Globe University Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Private For Profit
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