College Costs in Illinois

The 2022 Directory of Illinois Colleges and Prices

Illinois Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2022

How much does it cost to attend college in Illinois?   The average annual in-state college tuition in Illinois was $18,949 for the 2020-2021 academic year. This is $4,029 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 $248 from the 2019-2020 average of $18,701 and represents a 1.33% 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 43,274 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $12,254. Northwestern University is the most expensive in Illinois with an in-state tuition of $58,227.

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.

<Academic 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 2020-2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Explore Illinois Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
College of Lake County

Grayslake, Illinois

$9,016 NA NA
Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

$26,610 NA NA
Concordia University Chicago

River Forest, Illinois

$32,660 48 72
Danville Area Community College

Danville, Illinois

$7,500 NA NA
DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

$40,551 NA NA
DeVry University Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

$15,835 NA NA
Dominican University

River Forest, Illinois

$34,950 59 79
East West University

Chicago, Illinois

$21,300 NA NA
Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

$9,241 51 65
Elgin Community College

Elgin, Illinois

$7,128 NA NA
Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, Illinois

$38,354 63 83
Eureka College

Eureka, Illinois

$27,450 46 31
Fox College Inc

Bedford Park, Illinois

$15,340 NA NA
Greenville College

Greenville, Illinois

$28,406 49 51
Harper College

Palatine, Illinois

$9,372 NA NA
Heartland Community College

Normal, Illinois

$9,300 NA NA
Hebrew Theological College

Skokie, Illinois

$13,400 NA NA
Highland Community College

Freeport, Illinois

$5,856 NA NA
Illinois Central College

East Peoria, Illinois

$9,900 NA NA
Illinois College

Jacksonville, Illinois

$34,070 NA NA