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
#1 University of Phoenix Chicago Campus

Schaumburg, Private For Profit

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

Hoffman Estates, Private For Profit

$18,297 NA NA
#3 Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Chicago

Chicago, Private For Profit

$21,680 NA NA
#4 Chicago State University

Chicago, Public Not For Profit

$21,728 38 73
#5 Saint Augustine College

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$21,820 NA NA
#6 Lincoln Christian University

Lincoln, Private Not For Profit

$22,770 NA NA
#7 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Edwardsville, Public Not For Profit

$23,015 58 65
#8 DeVry University Illinois

Chicago, Private For Profit

$23,669 NA NA
#9 Western Illinois University

Macomb, Public Not For Profit

$24,314 53 65
#10 Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Public Not For Profit

$24,532 NA NA
#11 Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Public Not For Profit

$24,859 51 65
#12 Midstate College

Peoria, Private For Profit

$24,975 NA NA
#13 National Louis University

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$25,005 NA NA
#14 Moody Bible Institute

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$26,112 NA NA
#15 Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Carbondale, Public Not For Profit

$26,826 57 78
#16 Telshe Yeshiva Chicago

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$27,060 NA NA
#17 Lincoln College

Lincoln, Private Not For Profit

$27,600 NA NA
#18 Hebrew Theological College

Skokie, Private Not For Profit

$28,926 NA NA
#19 The Illinois Institute of Art Schaumburg

Schaumburg, Private For Profit

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

Springfield, Public Not For Profit

$32,486 64 93
#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
#41 Rockford University

Rockford, Private Not For Profit

$44,020 42 22
#42 McKendree University

Lebanon, Private Not For Profit

$44,170 54 69
#43 Robert Morris University Illinois

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$44,865 NA NA
#44 Concordia University Chicago

River Forest, Private Not For Profit

$45,062 48 72
#45 Benedictine University

Lisle, Private Not For Profit

$45,756 56 38
#46 Trinity International University

Deerfield, Private Not For Profit

$45,808 59 82
#47 Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$45,842 NA NA
#48 University of St Francis

Joliet, Private Not For Profit

$46,010 58 86
#49 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Champaign, Public Not For Profit

$46,052 78 93
#50 Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, Private Not For Profit

$46,940 51 75
#51 Lewis University

Romeoville, Private Not For Profit

$47,028 63 83
#52 Roosevelt University

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$47,368 56 55
#53 Saint Xavier University

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$47,470 45 77
#54 Dominican University

River Forest, Private Not For Profit

$47,485 58 79
#55 Bradley University

Peoria, Private Not For Profit

$47,960 66 74
#56 Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, Private Not For Profit

$50,630 63 83
#57 Wheaton College

Wheaton, Private Not For Profit

$50,890 75 84
#58 Monmouth College

Monmouth, Private Not For Profit

$50,960 60 92
#59 Millikin University

Decatur, Private Not For Profit

$52,802 58 82
#60 North Central College

Naperville, Private Not For Profit

$54,162 63 72
#61 Augustana College

Rock Island, Private Not For Profit

$57,352 NA NA
#62 DePaul University

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$57,399 NA NA
#63 Knox College

Galesburg, Private Not For Profit

$61,044 64 88
#64 Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, Private Not For Profit

$61,776 NA NA
#65 Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$62,040 70 46
#66 Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Private Not For Profit

$63,976 75 80
#67 Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$67,018 75 90
#68 School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$70,510 60 4
#69 Northwestern University

Evanston, Private Not For Profit

$77,979 96 97
#70 University of Chicago

Chicago, Private Not For Profit

$79,356 98 95