Illinois Out of State Total Cost Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in Illinois by Out of State Total Cost for 2021

Cheapest Colleges in Illinois by Out of State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university in Illinois but aren't a state resident, 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 Illinois for international students.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published out of 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 out of 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 out of 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 out of 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 Out of State Total Cost
College Out of 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 Lincoln Christian University

Lincoln, Private Not For Profit

$22,154 NA NA
#6 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Public Not For Profit

$23,015 56 62
#7 DeVry University Illinois

Chicago, Private For Profit

$23,669 NA NA
#8 Western Illinois University

Macomb, Public Not For Profit

$24,256 57 59
#9 Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Public Not For Profit

$24,449 56 68
#10 National Louis University

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$24,510 NA NA
#11 Moody Bible Institute

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$24,896 44 41
#12 Midstate College

Peoria, Private For Profit

$24,975 NA NA
#13 Telshe Yeshiva Chicago

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$26,692 NA NA
#14 Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Public Not For Profit

$26,890 62 68
#15 Lincoln College

Lincoln, Private Not For Profit

$26,900 NA NA
#16 Hebrew Theological College

Skokie, Private Not For Profit

$27,926 NA NA
#17 Chicago State University

Chicago, Public Not For Profit

$29,258 38 62
#18 The Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg

Schaumburg, Private For Profit

$30,157 NA NA
#19 University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, Public Not For Profit

$32,298 64 93
#20 Blackburn College

Carlinville, Private Not For Profit

$32,310 40 38