Public Colleges in Illinois

The 2021 Directory of Illinois Public Colleges and Costs

Illinois Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2021

How much does it cost to attend public college in Illinois?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in Illinois was $9,718 for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a change of $104 from the 2018-2019 average of $9,614 and represents a 1.08% annual increase. The list of Illinois public colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Public schools are partially funded by the taxpayers of Illinois and usually offer lower tuition to in-state residents.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 59 public colleges and universities in Illinois, the most popular being University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with 43,313 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $12,036. Kankakee Community College is the most expensive public school in Illinois with an in-state tuition of $12,090.

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 2018-2019 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Explore Illinois Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
Black Hawk College

Moline, Illinois

$7,500 NA NA
Carl Sandburg College

Galesburg, Illinois

$7,140 NA NA
Chicago State University

Chicago, Illinois

$7,488 38 62
City Colleges of Chicago Harold Washington College

Chicago, Illinois

$9,216 NA NA
City Colleges of Chicago Harry S Truman College

Chicago, Illinois

$9,216 NA NA
City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy King College

Chicago, Illinois

$9,216 NA NA
City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X College

Chicago, Illinois

$9,216 NA NA
City Colleges of Chicago Olive Harvey College

Chicago, Illinois

$9,216 NA NA
City Colleges of Chicago Richard J Daley College

Chicago, Illinois

$9,216 NA NA
City Colleges of Chicago Wilbur Wright College

Chicago, Illinois

$9,216 NA NA
College of DuPage

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

$8,734 NA NA
College of Lake County

Grayslake, Illinois

$8,806 NA NA
Danville Area Community College

Danville, Illinois

$7,500 NA NA
Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

$9,060 56 68
Elgin Community College

Elgin, Illinois

$10,428 NA NA
Harper College

Palatine, Illinois

$9,372 NA NA
Heartland Community College

Normal, Illinois

$9,000 NA NA
Highland Community College

Freeport, Illinois

$5,856 NA NA
Illinois Central College

East Peoria, Illinois

$9,600 NA NA
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Frontier Community Coll

Fairfield, Illinois

$8,902 NA NA