Illinois Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2020

How much does it cost to attend public college in Illinois?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in Illinois was $9,614 for the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a change of $441 from the 2015-2016 average of $9,173 and represents a 4.81% 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. 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 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, 1,625 Students
$7,500 - -
Carl Sandburg College
Galesburg, 832 Students
$6,944 - -
Chicago State University
Chicago, 1,810 Students
$7,056 36 69
City Colleges of Chicago Harold Washington College
Chicago, 4,610 Students
$9,216 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Harry S Truman College
Chicago, 2,064 Students
$9,216 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy King College
Chicago, 1,267 Students
$9,216 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X College
Chicago, 2,839 Students
$9,216 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Olive Harvey College
Chicago, 874 Students
$9,216 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Richard J Daley College
Chicago, 2,761 Students
$9,216 - -
City Colleges of Chicago Wilbur Wright College
Chicago, 3,638 Students
$9,216 - -
College of DuPage
Glen Ellyn, 7,857 Students
$8,704 - -
College of Lake County
Grayslake, 4,164 Students
$8,596 - -
Danville Area Community College
Danville, 966 Students
$7,500 - -
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, 4,767 Students
$8,880 51 72
Elgin Community College
Elgin, 3,055 Students
$10,728 - -
Harper College
Palatine, 4,606 Students
$9,282 - -
Heartland Community College
Normal, 1,884 Students
$8,520 - -
Highland Community College
Freeport, 822 Students
$5,736 - -
Illinois Central College
East Peoria, 3,009 Students
$9,600 - -
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Frontier Community Coll
Fairfield, 270 Students
$8,589 - -