Illinois Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2019

How much does it cost to attend public college in Illinois?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in Illinois was $9,475 for the 2017-2018 academic year. This is a change of $302 from the 2015-2016 average of $9,173 and represents a 3.29% 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 42,453 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $12,036. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is the most expensive public school in Illinois with an in-state tuition of $12,036.

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
Black Hawk College
Moline, 2,009 Students
$7,500 - -
Carl Sandburg College
Galesburg, 965 Students
$6,720 - -
Chicago State University
Chicago, 2,238 Students
$7,056 57 81
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 - -
College of Lake County
Grayslake, 4,324 Students
$8,316 - -
Danville Area Community College
Danville, 1,019 Students
$7,050 - -
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, 5,916 Students
$8,760 61 73
Elgin Community College
Elgin, 3,203 Students
$10,440 - -
Harper College
Palatine, 4,836 Students
$9,168 - -
Heartland Community College
Normal, 2,153 Students
$8,220 - -
Highland Community College
Freeport, 891 Students
$5,616 - -
Illinois Central College
East Peoria, 3,222 Students
$9,150 - -
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Frontier Community Coll
Fairfield, 324 Students
$8,589 - -