U.S. In State Total Cost Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in America by In State Total Cost for 2023

Cheapest Colleges in America by In State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university these are the least expensive in state colleges to consider.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published in state total cost. It's important to research the typical financial aid package offered by a school, the average net price actually paid and most importantly the quality of education you receive for your tuition dollar. Sometimes a school which appears cheap based on list price can be a poor relative value if it can't award competitive financial aid or doesn't offer a quality education. The list below is a ranking on published in state total cost with no consideration of actual average price paid or academic quality of the school. Please see the CollegeCalc best value colleges in America list for a ranking which considers school quality and average net price.

Total cost may factor in an estimated off-campus living expense if a school doens't provide housing. This estimate may vary widely by college. To view a rank by academic fees alone please see our America tuition ranking.

The most affordable four year colleges in America are listed by one year's in state total cost list price for the 2021/2022 school year. Total cost includes tuition, room and board or estimated off campus living expenses, books and supplies and other fees.

What is the cheapest college in America? Leading the colleges list is Dine College in Tsaile with an in state total cost of $7,750.

Academic Rating is a CollegeCalc rating of a college's overall academics and effectiveness. The score ranges from zero to one hundred, with fifty being the median for all eligible colleges. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average price paid by students. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our rating methodology.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2021/2022 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2021/2022 academic year.

America's Cheapest Colleges by In State Total Cost
College In State Total Cost Rating Value
#1 Dine College

Arizona, Public

$7,750 NA NA
#2 Western International University

Arizona, Private

$8,160 NA NA
#3 Chipola College

Florida, Public

$8,480 NA NA
#4 Northcentral University

Arizona, Private

$8,808 NA NA
#5 University of Western States

Oregon, Private

$8,935 NA NA
#6 Turtle Mountain Community College

North Dakota, Private

$9,112 NA NA
#7 Brigham Young University Idaho

Idaho, Private

$9,268 39 73
#8 Selma University

Alabama, Private

$9,380 NA NA
#9 University of Phoenix Northwest Indiana Campus

Indiana, Private

$9,859 NA NA
#10 Michigan Jewish Institute

Michigan, Private

$9,911 NA NA
#11 Northwest Indian College

Washington, Public

$10,551 NA NA
#12 Colorado Technical University Kansas City

Missouri, Private

$10,700 NA NA
#13 Kol Yaakov Torah Center

New York, Private

$10,700 NA NA
#14 Talmudical Institute of Upstate New York

New York, Private

$10,750 NA NA
#15 Sitting Bull College

North Dakota, Public

$10,756 NA NA
#16 Pensacola State College

Florida, Public

$10,917 NA NA
#17 Southeastern Baptist College

Mississippi, Private

$10,975 NA NA
#18 Seminole State College of Florida

Florida, Public

$11,025 NA NA
#19 Oglala Lakota College

South Dakota, Public

$11,084 NA NA
#20 Macon State College

Georgia, Public

$11,159 NA NA