Illinois In State Total Cost Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in Illinois by In State Total Cost for 2021

Cheapest Colleges in Illinois by In State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university and you are a resident of Illinois 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 Illinois 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 Illinois tuition ranking.

The most affordable four year colleges in Illinois are listed by one year's in state total cost list price for the 2018/2019 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 Illinois? Leading the colleges list is University of Phoenix Chicago Campus in Schaumburg with an in state total cost of $16,616.

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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Illinois' Cheapest Colleges by In State Total Cost
College In State Total Cost Rating Value
#1 University of Phoenix Chicago Campus

Schaumburg, Private For Profit

$16,616 NA NA
#2 American InterContinental University Online

Hoffman Estates, Private For Profit

$18,426 NA NA
#3 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Chicago

Chicago, Private For Profit

$21,324 NA NA
#4 Saint Augustine College

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$21,436 NA NA
#5 Chicago State University

Chicago, Public Not For Profit

$21,890 38 62
#6 Lincoln Christian University

Lincoln, Private Not For Profit

$22,154 NA NA
#7 Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Public Not For Profit

$22,169 56 68
#8 University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, Public Not For Profit

$22,773 64 93
#9 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Public Not For Profit

$23,015 56 62
#10 DeVry University Illinois

Chicago, Private For Profit

$23,669 NA NA
#11 Western Illinois University

Macomb, Public Not For Profit

$24,256 57 59
#12 Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Public Not For Profit

$24,380 45 25
#13 National Louis University

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$24,510 NA NA
#14 Moody Bible Institute

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$24,896 44 41
#15 Midstate College

Peoria, Private For Profit

$24,975 NA NA
#16 Illinois State University

Normal, Public Not For Profit

$25,484 61 52
#17 Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Carbondale, Public Not For Profit

$26,626 61 76
#18 Telshe Yeshiva Chicago

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$26,692 NA NA
#19 Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Public Not For Profit

$26,890 62 68
#20 Lincoln College

Lincoln, Private Not For Profit

$26,900 NA NA
#21 University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Public Not For Profit

$27,753 68 88
#22 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Champaign, Public Not For Profit

$27,802 77 94
#23 Hebrew Theological College

Skokie, Private Not For Profit

$27,926 NA NA
#24 The Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg

Schaumburg, Private For Profit

$30,157 NA NA
#25 Blackburn College

Carlinville, Private Not For Profit

$32,310 40 38
#26 Chamberlain College of Nursing Illinois

Addison, Private For Profit

$32,640 NA NA
#27 Methodist College of Nursing

Peoria, Private Not For Profit

$32,660 63 5
#28 Kendall College

Chicago, Private For Profit

$32,713 NA NA
#29 East West University

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$33,600 NA NA
#30 Aurora University

Aurora, Private Not For Profit

$35,926 33 21
#31 Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Rock Island, Private Not For Profit

$36,731 NA NA
#32 MacMurray College

Jacksonville, Private Not For Profit

$38,350 34 49
#33 Greenville College

Greenville, Private Not For Profit

$38,408 50 53
#34 VanderCook College of Music

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$38,470 32 11
#35 Eureka College

Eureka, Private Not For Profit

$38,620 45 27
#36 Quincy University

Quincy, Private Not For Profit

$40,950 44 60
#37 Judson University

Elgin, Private Not For Profit

$41,430 57 80
#38 North Park University

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$41,750 56 62
#39 Trinity Christian College

Palos Heights, Private Not For Profit

$42,225 63 71
#40 McKendree University

Lebanon, Private Not For Profit

$42,560 55 65
#41 Rockford College

Rockford, Private Not For Profit

$42,794 47 38
#42 Illinois College

Jacksonville, Private Not For Profit

$43,114 NA NA
#43 American Academy of Art

Chicago, Private For Profit

$43,224 NA NA
#44 Concordia University Chicago

River Forest, Private Not For Profit

$44,076 54 80
#45 University of St Francis

Joliet, Private Not For Profit

$44,810 61 87
#46 Robert Morris University Illinois

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$44,865 NA NA
#47 Trinity International University

Deerfield, Private Not For Profit

$45,028 56 74
#48 Roosevelt University

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$45,299 61 68
#49 Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$45,356 NA NA
#50 Lewis University

Romeoville, Private Not For Profit

$45,750 63 83
#51 Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, Private Not For Profit

$46,070 51 68
#52 Dominican University

River Forest, Private Not For Profit

$46,169 63 82
#53 Bradley University

Peoria, Private Not For Profit

$46,750 69 73
#54 Benedictine University

Lisle, Private Not For Profit

$46,926 54 43
#55 Saint Xavier University

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$47,010 48 75
#56 Wheaton College

Wheaton, Private Not For Profit

$49,130 75 77
#57 Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, Private Not For Profit

$49,464 63 78
#58 Monmouth College

Monmouth, Private Not For Profit

$49,520 57 89
#59 Millikin University

Decatur, Private Not For Profit

$49,872 59 77
#60 North Central College

Naperville, Private Not For Profit

$52,696 62 70
#61 Augustana College

Rock Island, Private Not For Profit

$55,500 NA NA
#62 DePaul University

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$57,042 NA NA
#63 Knox College

Galesburg, Private Not For Profit

$59,136 64 87
#64 Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, Private Not For Profit

$60,100 NA NA
#65 Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$61,523 70 49
#66 Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Private Not For Profit

$62,240 75 88
#67 Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$64,112 72 91
#68 School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$67,880 64 7
#69 Northwestern University

Evanston, Private Not For Profit

$75,348 97 98
#70 University of Chicago

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$79,356 98 95