U.S. In State Tuition Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in America by In State Tuition for 2021

Cheapest Colleges in America by In State Tuition

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 tuition. 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 tuition 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.

The most affordable four year colleges in America are listed by one year's in state tuition list price for the 2018/2019 school year.

What is the cheapest college in America? Leading the colleges list is Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater with an in state tuition of $910.

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 2019/2020 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2019/2020 academic year.

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America's Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
College In State Tuition Rating Value
#1 Bridgewater State University

Massachusetts, Public

$910 41 11
#2 Salem State University

Massachusetts, Public

$910 41 17
#3 Fitchburg State University

Massachusetts, Public

$970 44 26
#4 Framingham State University

Massachusetts, Public

$970 47 18
#5 Westfield State University

Massachusetts, Public

$970 46 18
#6 Worcester State University

Massachusetts, Public

$970 NA NA
#7 Elizabeth City State University

North Carolina, Public

$1,000 32 99
#8 University of North Carolina at Pembroke

North Carolina, Public

$1,000 24 19
#9 Western Carolina University

North Carolina, Public

$1,000 43 41
#10 Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Massachusetts, Public

$1,030 NA NA
#11 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Massachusetts, Public

$1,030 52 55
#12 Dine College

Arizona, Public

$1,320 NA NA
#13 Gulf Coast State College

Florida, Public

$1,750 NA NA
#14 Turtle Mountain Community College

North Dakota, Private

$1,776 NA NA
#15 The University of Texas at Brownsville

Texas, Public

$1,800 NA NA
#16 Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Massachusetts, Public

$1,836 50 48
#17 Santa Fe College

Florida, Public

$1,872 NA NA
#18 Pensacola State College

Florida, Public

$1,887 NA NA
#19 St Petersburg College

Florida, Public

$1,943 NA NA
#20 Broward College

Florida, Public

$1,968 NA NA