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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.

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 rating methodology.

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.

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America's Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Tuition
Out of State Tuition College Rating $Value
$4,700
Out of State Tuition
21) Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture
New Mexico, Public Not-For-Profit
- -
$4,788
Out of State Tuition
22) Bismarck State College
North Dakota, Public Not-For-Profit
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$4,800
Out of State Tuition
23) Midland College
Texas, Public Not-For-Profit
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$4,800
Out of State Tuition
24) Apex School of Theology
North Carolina, Private Not-For-Profit
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$4,871
Out of State Tuition
25) Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
Virginia, Private Not-For-Profit
- -
$4,920
Out of State Tuition
26) Simmons College of Kentucky
Kentucky, Private Not-For-Profit
- -
$4,973
Out of State Tuition
27) Southern University and A & M College
Louisiana, Public Not-For-Profit
38 64
$4,984
Out of State Tuition
28) Louisiana State University Alexandria
Louisiana, Public Not-For-Profit
33 73
$5,000
Out of State Tuition
29) Elizabeth City State University
North Carolina, Public Not-For-Profit
36 93
$5,000
Out of State Tuition
30) University of North Carolina at Pembroke
North Carolina, Public Not-For-Profit
20 43
$5,000
Out of State Tuition
31) Western Carolina University
North Carolina, Public Not-For-Profit
64 77
$5,140
Out of State Tuition
32) Grambling State University
Louisiana, Public Not-For-Profit
8 -
$5,280
Out of State Tuition
33) Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary
Maryland, Private Not-For-Profit
- -
$5,400
Out of State Tuition
34) Peru State College
Nebraska, Public Not-For-Profit
- -
$5,400
Out of State Tuition
35) Columbia Southern University
Alabama, Private For-Profit
- -
$5,448
Out of State Tuition
36) Chadron State College
Nebraska, Public Not-For-Profit
- -
$5,520
Out of State Tuition
37) Baptist University of the Americas
Texas, Private Not-For-Profit
- -
$5,520
Out of State Tuition
38) Georgia Christian University
Georgia, Private Not-For-Profit
- -
$5,534
Out of State Tuition
39) The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Texas, Public Not-For-Profit
20 51
$5,560
Out of State Tuition
40) Brigham Young University Hawaii
Hawaii, Private Not-For-Profit
68 82