U.S. Out of State Tuition Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in America by Out of State Tuition for 2021

Cheapest Colleges in America by Out of State Tuition

If you're looking for an affordable university these are the least expensive out of state colleges to consider. Additionally, if you are a foreign citizen and cannot qualify for in-state tuition, these are the cheapest universities in America for international students.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published out of 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 out of 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 out of state tuition list price for the 2018/2019 school year.

What is the cheapest college in America? Leading the colleges list is Dine College in Tsaile with an out of state tuition of $1,320.

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.

America's Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Tuition
College Out of State Tuition Rating Value
#21 Apex School of Theology

North Carolina, Private

$4,800 NA NA
#22 Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing

Virginia, Private

$4,871 NA NA
#23 Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture

New Mexico, Public

$4,940 NA NA
#24 Southern University and A & M College

Louisiana, Public

$4,972 18 2
#25 Bismarck State College

North Dakota, Public

$4,980 NA NA
#26 Louisiana State University Alexandria

Louisiana, Public

$4,984 28 24
#27 Elizabeth City State University

North Carolina, Public

$5,000 32 92
#28 University of North Carolina at Pembroke

North Carolina, Public

$5,000 24 13
#29 Western Carolina University

North Carolina, Public

$5,000 43 29
#30 Carolina Bible College

North Carolina, Private

$5,040 NA NA
#31 Grambling State University

Louisiana, Public

$5,140 7 NA
#32 W L Bonner College

South Carolina, Private

$5,158 NA NA
#33 Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary

Maryland, Private

$5,280 NA NA
#34 Peru State College

Nebraska, Public

$5,520 NA NA
#35 Columbia Southern University

Alabama, Private

$5,520 NA NA
#36 Georgia Christian University

Georgia, Private

$5,520 NA NA
#37 Chadron State College

Nebraska, Public

$5,606 NA NA
#38 Louisiana State University Shreveport

Louisiana, Public

$5,656 31 44
#39 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Texas, Public

$5,707 39 50
#40 Brigham Young University Hawaii

Hawaii, Private

$5,720 53 69