Illinois Out of State Total Cost Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in Illinois by Out of State Total Cost for 2022

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 2020/2021 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 2020/2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2020/2021 academic year.

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Illinois' Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Total Cost
College Out of State Total Cost Rating Value
#21 Kendall College

Chicago, Private For Profit

$32,713 NA NA
#22 Methodist College of Nursing

Peoria, Private Not For Profit

$33,088 51 6
#23 Chamberlain College of Nursing Illinois

Addison, Private For Profit

$33,401 NA NA
#24 East West University

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$33,600 NA NA
#25 Northeastern Illinois University

Chicago, Public Not For Profit

$33,818 45 33
#26 Blackburn College

Carlinville, Private Not For Profit

$34,250 41 45
#27 Illinois State University

Normal, Public Not For Profit

$37,513 55 42
#28 Aurora University

Aurora, Private Not For Profit

$37,634 33 22
#29 MacMurray College

Jacksonville, Private Not For Profit

$38,350 NA NA
#30 VanderCook College of Music

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$38,500 NA NA
#31 Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Rock Island, Private Not For Profit

$38,950 NA NA
#32 Greenville University

Greenville, Private Not For Profit

$39,454 49 51
#33 Eureka College

Eureka, Private Not For Profit

$39,565 46 31
#34 University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Public Not For Profit

$41,848 69 88
#35 Judson University

Elgin, Private Not For Profit

$41,930 47 75
#36 Quincy University

Quincy, Private Not For Profit

$42,210 45 71
#37 North Park University

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$42,910 55 67
#38 American Academy of Art

Chicago, Private For Profit

$43,224 NA NA
#39 Trinity Christian College

Palos Heights, Private Not For Profit

$43,275 62 70
#40 Illinois College

Jacksonville, Private Not For Profit

$43,994 NA NA