Illinois Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2019

How much does it cost to attend college in Illinois?   The average annual in-state college tuition in Illinois was $17,888 for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is $3,776 higher than the U.S. average and ranks Illinois amongst the costliest as the 10th most expensive and 43rd most affordable state or district to attend college. This is a change of $896 from the 2015-2016 average of $16,992 and represents a 5.27% annual increase. The list of Illinois colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 127 colleges and universities in Illinois, the most popular being University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with 42,453 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $12,036. University of Chicago is the most expensive in Illinois with an in-state tuition of $53,292.

Click on any school for current tuition, future cost estimates, school specific savings plans and estimated student loan payments. Illinois colleges can also be filtered by public, private, community colleges and four year schools. Additionally, cost based sorting is available for the lowest and highest tuition options. Jump directly to our ranking of best values in Illinois or cheap Illinois colleges guide.

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 ratings.

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.

Explore Illinois Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
American Academy of Art
Chicago, 217 Students
$32,800 - -
American InterContinental University Online
Hoffman Estates, 4,961 Students
$10,617 - -
Augustana College
Rock Island, 2,523 Students
$39,690 - -
Aurora University
Aurora, 3,983 Students
$23,260 30 44
Benedictine University
Lisle, 3,228 Students
$32,400 - -
Black Hawk College
Moline, 2,009 Students
$7,500 - -
Blackburn College
Carlinville, 572 Students
$21,582 48 68
Bradley University  Best Value
Peoria, 4,802 Students
$32,540 70 60
Carl Sandburg College
Galesburg, 965 Students
$6,720 - -
Chamberlain College of Nursing Illinois
Addison, 3,067 Students
$18,495 - -
Chicago State University
Chicago, 2,238 Students
$7,056 57 81
Christian Life College
Mount Prospect, 16 Students
$3,600 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Harold Washington College
Chicago, 4,978 Students
$8,126 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Harry S Truman College
Chicago, 1,911 Students
$8,126 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy King College
Chicago, 1,609 Students
$8,126 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X College
Chicago, 2,589 Students
$8,126 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Olive Harvey College
Chicago, 1,114 Students
$8,126 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Richard J Daley College
Chicago, 2,964 Students
$8,126 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Wilbur Wright College
Chicago, 3,406 Students
$8,126 - -
College of DuPage
Glen Ellyn, 9,004 Students
$8,674 - -