Lets face it, studying abroad is probably a dream of many scholars in Nigeria. We have always known that the standard of education for research based courses is best practiced in some prestigious universities in America.
This post specifically focused on helping scholars make the hard choice of selecting decent universities with the most affordable tuition and which also provide opportunities in terms of scholarships for international students
To get you started, we came up with a list of the 100 most affordable universities in the country. Now to clarify, we know that technically any size school can call itself a “university,” but for our purposes we chose to focus exclusively on schools of moderate to large size; in other words, colleges with 4,000 students or more (if you’re looking for an affordable small college, we have another ranking just for you!).
Pls note that the lists descends from High to Low in terms of tuition fee the American Universities listed here:
Although the main campus of the University of Massachusetts is actually in Amherst, the state school also hosts From Africana Studies to Social Psychology to Biochemistry and everything in between, this New England college offers more than enough to keep you busy. Intriguing minors in Clean Energy and Sustainability, Human Rights, and Native American and Indigenous Studies (to name a few) can supplement your studies in a unique way.
Average Tuition: $10,575
49 University of Illinois – Springfield
Location- Springfield, Illinois
The Springfield location of the University of Illinois is just one of three campuses affiliated with this “world-class” institution. Although the approximate student enrollment is just 5,000 – smaller than what you’d expect from a popular state school – UI Springfield is not short on resources. The campus consists of an impressive 746 acres that hosts academic buildings, residential halls, and research labs, the latter of which enjoys $7 million in annual funding. Students can choose from two-dozen different majors, the most popular of which include Business Administration, Computer Science, Psychology, Accountancy, Biology, and Criminal Justice.
Net Price: $10,516
48. University of North Carolina – Charlotte
Location Charlotte, North Carolina
UNC Charlotte is one of the best choices on this affordable college ranking if you’re interested in working in a lab or conducting academic studies. The 1,000-acre campus hosts students at every level, from undergraduate to professional programs, and puts a heavy emphasis on regional community engagement.
Net Price: $10,442
46. California State University – Northridge
Location Northridge, California
This university is Nestled in the heart of San Fernando Valley, Cal State at Northridge offers majors ranging from Biochemistry and Clinical Psychology to Queer Studies and Speech Communication. Numerous research centers and institutes explore interdisciplinary topics in arts, media, and communication; community health and well being; sustainability, and much more.
Net Price: $10,442
45. University of Michigan – Flint
Location Flint, Michigan
From resident life to campus organizations to captivating lectures, you’ll see in no time why Flint refers to their grounds as the “ideal learning environment.” Students move beyond superficial understanding and work to engage deeply with the topics that interest them, from Actuarial Mathematics and Research Psychology to Molecular Biology and the Philosophy of Neuro-ethics.
Net Price: $10,442
44. Jackson State University
When it comes to academics, you’ll choose from more than 90 degree programs at the bachelor’s and graduate degree levels, including doctoral programs. The student-to-faculty ratio is just 15:1, ensuring that students build close relationships with professors and classmates as they work to understand behavioral and environmental studies, rehabilitation counseling, civil and environmental engineering, communicative disorders, and more.
Net Price: $10,385
Student Body: 9,134
43. University of North Alabama
Location Florence, Alabama
UNA actually keeps two African lions on campus to boost school spirit. All of the university’s programs hold accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, while specialized departments hold additional, relevant accreditations from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, Applied Science Accreditation Commission, and the Computing Accreditation, Commission, among others.
Net Price: $10,370
Student Body: 6,931
42. Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Despite its small stature, there’s no “close cut” here when it comes to price. SWOSU easily sails onto our affordable college ranking thanks to its low tuition and plentiful scholarship opportunities. SWOSU students are laid-back and friendly, taking time to relax and get to know each other between classes in language and literature, chemistry and physics, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, art and communication, and medical sciences.
Net Price: $10,242
41. Weber State University
Location Ogden, Utah
living locally have plenty of opportunities to cheer on their beloved Wildcats at sporting events, join a campus club, and attend engaging Speakers Series lectures. Weber State also hosts a unique “Putting Student Through” (PST) program, which encourages graduates to honor mentors and professors who have been critical to their academic success.
Net Price: $10,209
Student Body: 25,155
40. Chicago State University
CSU is fully accredited and committed to growth – best evidenced by its impressive expansion from just 62 students over a century ago to more than 5,000 today. Chicago State splits its academic units into several main colleges: Arts & Sciences, Education, Business, Health Sciences, and Pharmacy, as well as departments for continuing education, graduate studies, and the honors program.
Net Price: $10,203
39. Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina
If you’re looking for breathtaking views and energizing classes, Appalachian State University might be the school for you. Although the large student enrollment suggests that students will at times feel overwhelmed or lost, that couldn’t be further from the truth at ASU. Students get the best of both public research and liberal arts education and can choose from a whopping 150 different academic programs. When you’re not in class, take a look out your window to the Blue Ridge Mountains, or get out the door and go visit them on hiking, biking, and climbing trips. In an effort to cultivate a “community of learning,” ASU combines traditional classroom learning with internships, research assistantships, international trips, and service-learning opportunities that can help you prepare for a successful career in your chosen field.
Net Price: $10,203
38. University of Arkansas – Little Rock
UA has it all. Training certificates; Associate’s of Arts, Sciences, and Applied Sciences; Bachelor’s of Arts, Applied Sciences, Sciences, Music, Fine Arts, Professional Studies, Education, and Social Work – all are available at Little Rock. You might also consider exploring a minor or an “extended program,” taking intensive English language classes or pursuing Interdisciplinary Study, or applying for teacher licensure.
Net Price: $9,793
37. Murray State University
While completing their education, nearly 40% of MSU students participate in an internship or co-op experience, and many more join in on transformative study abroad opportunities. Although you will certainly find the technology and resources here that one would expect from a state institution, you’ll also find “personal learning” and attentive professors who often keep classes at 21 students or fewer.
Net Price: $9,765
37. Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, New Mexico
It has been federally designated as a “Hispanic Serving” institution and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Whether you’re a minority or not, you’ll be welcome at ENMU, a university with more than 60 associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs; a 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio; and a 95% student satisfaction rate. Eastern New Mexico has one of the lowest tuition prices of any Southwestern college and offers in-state rates to Texas residents within a 135-mile radius.
Net Price: $9,695
36. Savannah State University
f you choose to become an SSU “Tiger,” you’ll have the freedom to choose from degree programs in Behavior Analysis, Civil Engineering Technology, Forensic Science, Marine Sciences, Sociology, and more. You may also pick a pre-professional track in preparation for advanced study in Law, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, or Medicine. You can also support numerous successful athletic teams – in fact, the women’s basketball team just became the 2015 MEAC Champions!
Net Price: $9,657
35. Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, Missouri
In addition to one-year certifications and two-year associate’s degrees, the university also offers four-year and graduate programs that aptly meld liberal arts education with career training. In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences you will find opportunities ranging from Chemistry to Geography, while the Craig School of Business and the School of Fine Arts offer programs in Theatre, Cinema, Finance, and more.
Net Price: $9,652
34. North Carolina Central University
Durham, North Carolina
North Carolina is full of great choices for students who want an affordable education, from low-cost public schools to some of the cheapest private colleges around. NCCU is one such option, offering liberal arts degrees, research experiences, and service learning opportunities for a fraction of what you’d be expected to pay elsewhere. The university boasts two state-of-the-art biotechnology research facilities, an on-campus art museum, a pioneering LGBTA center, and a reputable Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development. Uniquely, NCCU also requires all students to engage in community service and actually mandates 120 hours of volunteer work as part of their graduation requirements.
Net Price: $9,634
Student Body: 8,093
33. University of North Carolina – Pembroke
Pembroke, North Carolina
Speaking of North Carolina, UNC Pembroke also provides plenty of reasons to include them on our affordable college ranking. Pembroke might not have the all-star basketball team for which its Chapel Hill neighbor is known, but it does offer a culturally diverse student body, a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and a rural setting that provides a relaxing getaway for busy learners. Whether you’re looking to get a degree in Applied Physics, Mass Communication, Nursing, or Philosophy and Religion, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke has what you need. The school also supplies students with an impressive – and unique – spread of minors, including British Studies, International Sociology, Media Integration Studies, Quantitative Finance, and Sacred Music.
Net Price: $9,632
32. California State University – Sacramento
Nearly 30,000 students each year don the name Hornets, attracted to CSU Sacramento for its focus on sustainability, its wide range of majors, and of course beautiful campus. 98% of faculty members teach full time, leading classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. More specifically, Sacramento offers 58 bachelor’s degrees and 41 master’s degrees, as well as an honors program for gifted freshmen. If you’re looking for an undergraduate degree, you might consider African Studies, Career and Technical Studies, Journalism, Physics, Theater and Dance, or more than 50 other choices.
Net Price: $9,006
31. Arkansas State University
With enrollment over 13,000, faculty and staff in excess of 1,300 members, and more than 70,000 alumni, Arkansas State University is one of the larger options on this affordable college ranking. The school’s athletic teams play in NCAA Division I, guaranteeing entertaining competition for sport-loving students. Although ASU has general accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission, it also boasts additional, more specific accreditations for each of its sub-colleges – including the College of Business, College of Education, College of Education, and College of Fine Arts. ASU also has a museum on campus and an International Center for English to support visiting students from abroad.
Net Price: $8,984
30. University of Texas – Permian Basin
. You can take classes in business, engineering, social work, art, education, computer science, and technology – all of which feature special accreditations from such prestigious organizations as the Association to Advance College Schools of Business. UT at the Permian Basin officially achieved four-year status in 1991, and since has grown into an impressive academic force that offers a spread of bachelor’s, master’s, and online programs.
Net Price: $8,893
29. Middle Georgia College
Middle Georgia State College loudly proclaims that students should “Find their Greatness,” an admirable goal that reveals just how much this school focuses on offering attendees a personalized experience on campus. MGSU supports a diverse student population of just under 8,000, offering applicants exciting interdisciplinary programs with a global emphasis in exchange for attractively affordable tuition. Major in Biology or Respiratory Therapy, Criminal Justice or Mathematics; Middle Georgia State’s varied selection of bachelor’s and associate’s degrees can help you get where you want to be. In addition, the school offers certificates and minors in everything from Flight Technology and Surveying to Gender Studies and Sustainability Policies, any of which can either supplement your main course of study or provide a nice addendum to your current professional skills.
Net Price: $8,565
Student Body: 7,989
28. Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Shepherd University is small in stature to match its equally small tuition, and the approximately 4,000 students who call Shepherdstown home each year get serious “bang for their buck.” You can get a degree in English or Environmental Studies, Chemistry or Communication, Music or Mathematics, but regardless of your specific career goals, SU will give you the resources, attention, and skills to be successful.
Net Price: $8,476
27. Marshall University
Huntington, West Virginia
Students who attend Marshall University don the title, “The Thundering Herd,” a fun nickname that aptly references the campus’ energetic spirit and sense of community. This engaged commitment to their school follows Marshall students wherever they go, from NCAA Division I athletic events to research activities in cellular biology, nanosystems, genetics, nutrition, rural health, and more. MU students are equally gung-ho about their academic pursuits, and they should be; entertaining professors and passionate classmates fuel intense study of computer science, economics, education, meteorology, international affairs, and modern languages…and the list goes on!
Net Price: $8,457
Student Body: 13,407
28. California State University – Monterey Bay
Sea Side, California
Joining our list of California State University is the Monterey Bay campus, a smaller school with big opportunities. One of the cheapest accredited colleges in the area, CSUMB gathers nearly 6,000 students a year just a mile from the beautiful Monterey Bay shoreline. The school also holds an impressive commitment to serving the needs of marginalized students; 56% of admitted students are the first in their family to go to college, and 75% receive some sort of financial aid. In addition, almost half of all learners live on campus, making it one of the most residential campuses in the CSU system.
Net Price: $8,384
Student Body: 5,732
27. Winston Salem State University
Winston Salem, North Carolina
We now return to North Carolina, where Winston Salem State ups the number of NC-representing schools on our affordable college ranking. WSSU curriculum focuses on the “whole student,” looking to produce successful community members who are flexible and creative in their problem solving. The primarily African American university offers some truly unique degrees, including an award-winning program in Motorsports Management. The university also boasts a nationally recognized art gallery and nine residence halls for its undergraduate students. Winston Salem’s core strengths are in education and health science, and over the years it has become the third-largest producer of nurses in the entire state.
Net Price: $8,340
Student Body: 9,166
University of Alaska – Fairbanks
If you’re not from the state, making it up to the University of Alaska at Fairbanks for college might seem like quite a trek. But UA will make the trip more than worth your time, offering great low tuition prices and interesting academic tracks in exchange for your relocation. After all, the trade-off has become attractive enough to motivate more than 35,000 students to select Fairbanks as their college home. Majors include Arctic Engineering, Cross-Cultural Studies, Environmental Politics, Ethnobotany, High Latitude Range Management, Indigenous Studies, Northern Studies, Oceanography, Rural Utilities Business Management, and a plethora of other degrees and certificates that you might not have even known existed!
Net Price: $8,281
Student Body: 35,586
California State University – Long Beach
Long Beach, California
There’s no end to the opportunities you’ll enjoy at California State University Long Beach, a cheap accredited college offering much more than great weather. Rock climb at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, study under water life at the Shark Lab, or catch a show at the Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center. CSU also features a breathtaking Japanese Garden and the Walter Pyramid – a recreational center full of basketball courts, volleyball courts, and a fitness center. Even students’ academic pursuits often take them outdoors as they study Kinesiology, Environmental Studies and Policy, Geological Sciences, and more. You might even take courses at the Ocean Studies Institute or visit a Renaissance Fair while earning a degree in Medieval Studies.
Net Price: $8,169
Student Body: 9,166
Brigham Young University – Idaho
Brigham Young University consists of three campuses in Utah, Idaho, and Hawaii, all of which offer excellent academics in a disciplined and ethical atmosphere. Based on the teachings of the Mormon Church, BYU courses offer “innovative teaching and learning” that also support “lifelong spirituality and leadership.” Significant funding from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps keep tuition costs low, giving students the freedom to shed their financial worries in favor of passionate pursuit of their goals. A student-centered framework permeates interdisciplinary courses that cover all areas of study, including agriculture, life sciences, visual and performing arts, business and communication, education, human development, engineering, and the physical sciences.
Net Price: $8,148
Student Body: 27,692
Arkansas Tech University
Whether you’re looking to Arkansas Tech University for its traditional or “e-Tech” programs, you won’t be disappointed. You can get a degree in engineering or nursing, computer science or world languages, agriculture or physical education, or a number of other degrees within one of ATU’s five undergraduate colleges. In addition, the Center for Leadership and Learning brings together ambitious students and faculty members in discussions that aim to improve the overall effectiveness of the school’s programs. This commitment to academic excellence permeates other areas as well, from ATU’s tutoring services to its hands-on service initiatives.
Net Price: $8,137
Student Body: 11,369
Purdue University North Central
Purdue University will offer you a meaningful education at a price that gives new meaning to the term “affordable college.” The 269-acre campus supports more than 6,000 students and 200 faculty members who provide instruction at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and graduate levels. Most students are part-time and reside in the surrounding community, but PUNC also welcomes full-time, out-of-state students who are attracted to the university-wide mission of “Learning, Discovery, and Engagement.” One of the more unique aspects of this school is its First-Year Learning Experience, a compassionate attempt to help freshmen make the transition to college; coursework includes developing a four-year graduation plan, improving note-taking skills, and investigating career options.
Net Price: $7,923
Student Body: 6,102
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s motto is “Living, Learning, Ragin’.” Boasting apartment-style living on campus, as well as on-campus halls for those attending with families, campus life has much to offer. Learning at this institution in the Southern United States in the heart of Cajun country is more than creative. Students who are studying the same majors and who have the same general interests all live and study together in themed communities with events geared just for them. Ragin’ applies to the annual raves in the campus library during Finals Week – an unusual attempt to make studying fun! With such academic programs as Architecture, Education, and Chemical Engineering, this university promises a strong foundational education with a lot of room for individual expression.
Net Price: $7,920
Student Body: 16,646
State University of New York College at Old Westbury
West Bury, New York
With almost 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree choices, the State University of New York College at Old Westbury is one of the nation’s most diverse and affordable colleges. Their Schools of Arts & Sciences, Education, and Business offer affordability and smaller class sizes for more discerning students. Average class sizes of just 22 provide more individualized learning, and programs such as the Bachelor’s of Philosophy & Religion opens to door for students to delve more deeply into subjects that interest them. On-campus residents can take advantage of Greek life or look for leadership opportunities through the CSLI.
Net Price: $7,737
Student Body: 4,367
Saint Petersburg College
St. Petersburg, Florida
St. Petersburg College, located in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, is one of the cheapest accredited colleges in the United States, with a yearly net price less than $7,700. Eleven different campus locations offer several instructional possibilities, such as Veterinary Technology – which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Education and Activities – as well as Public Safety Training. While you’ll be just one of more than 30,000 students, campus activities to suit every interest and friend group abound, so there’s no excuse not to get involved! SPC also emphasizes student wellness, and offers useful resources like free counseling sessions.
Net Price: $7,695
Student Body: 31,820
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Greensboro, North Carolina
Excellence, Commitment, Engagement, and Discovery are the four core tenets of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Located in Greensboro, this affordable college has a variety of clubs and recreational activities in academic, faith-based, and recreational-oriented genres. In addition to the traditional arts and sciences, NC A&T also offers degree programs in nursing and technology. U.S. News & World Report ranks the College of Engineering in the top third among undergrad programs in the nation, lending support to the school’s decision to include “technical” right in their name.
Net Price: $7,613
Student Body: 10,561
University of Tennessee at Martin
Hailed as a modern and comprehensive university, the University of Tennessee at Martin is not only one of the cheapest accredited colleges; it also offers relatively low enrollment and thus a fantastic student-to-professor ratio. The main campus is located 150 miles northwest of Nashville, giving restless students easy access to all the entertainment the big city has to offer. The Paul Meek Library houses the Technology Center, which allows all faculty members to teach with an industry advantage. More than 100 on-campus organizations also help UT Martin maintain a strong sense of community, cultural awareness, and knowledge of broader world issues.
Net Price: $7,531
Student Body: 7,423
Hunter College of the City University of New York
New York, New York
Hunter College easily earns an affordable college ranking despite its residence in beautiful – and expensive – Manhattan. Established in 1870, this school offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 170 concentrations, such as Education and Urban Public Health. As of 2008, Hunter has also been providing Doctoral degrees in programs such as Biology and Physics. Hunter is home to the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Health Professions, and Urban Public Health, as well as top of the line research centers, such as the Center for Study of Gene Research and Function. Hunter also offers high school and elementary school classes for intellectually gifted children in the heart of New York City.
Net Price: $7,518
Student Body: 23,019
University of Texas – Brownsville
Located in downtown Brownsville and serving 12,285 students from the surrounding area, the University of Texas – Brownsville is one of the cheapest accredited colleges you could choose. With a low cost for tuition and relatively small class sizes, this university boasts excellent passing rates for professional certifications and accreditations from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges for all of its coursework. In fact, their most recent pass rate for the Music Education certification exam was 100%. Students also have easy access to some of Texas’ biggest cities, and can even cross the border into Mexico to round out an already rich and diverse cultural environment.
Net Price: $7,438
Student Body: 12,285
East Central University
Ada, Oklahoma is home to East Central University, a Higher Learning Commission-accredited institution that is one of just two institutions in the United States to hold dual general accreditations. The majority of program offerings are located within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, with such programs as Human Resources and Mass Communications. The small town feel and low number of enrollees make this school a perfect choice for those who enjoy a more one-on-one instructional environment, while the cheap college tuition makes ECU accessible to even the tightest financial budgets.
Net Price: $7,364
Student Body: 4,587
University of Alaska – Anchorage
The University of Alaska at Anchorage is situated in the state’s largest city, providing entertainment and cultural options rare in this largely rural Northern region. The Seawolves offer an incredible diversity of courses, extracurricular activities and clubs, as well as undergraduate and graduate programs across many areas. Many students gravitate toward career-focused degrees in automotive technology, criminal justice and corrections, or pre-medical tracks. Those who choose to live in campus will quickly forget the cold weather as they get busy exploring sororities, fraternities, sports, and professional groups, or opting for on-campus jobs in community advising or peer mentoring.
Net Price: $7,276
Student Body: 17,363
California State University – Stanislaus
California State University at Stanislaus provides impeccable learning opportunities for nearly 9,000 students in the heart of the Central Valley. CSU Stanislaus offers nearly 200 varied programs covering everything from Agricultural Studies to Theatre, and almost 85% of the faculty members hold doctoral degrees in their specification. And given a student-to-faculty ratio of just 21:1, it’s easy for students to get to know the experts who stand at the front of their classrooms. Counting diversity as one of its main tenets, CSU ensures its programs incorporate community concerns and explore multiple perspectives across subject matters. Thanks to a net price that falls under $7,200 per year, Cal State Stanislaus really is one of the nation’s cheapest colleges.
Net Price: $7,190
Student Body: 8,917
University of Louisiana – Monroe
The University of Louisiana at Monroe prides itself on superior academic delivery that helps students not only understand the coursework, but also conduct independent research, come up with creative solutions to problems, and apply their skills to the real world. Enrollment falls into the “midsized” category, offering students a comfortable balance between small classes and big opportunities. UL at Monroe offers typical liberal arts and business classes as well as some more unique options; it is one of the only schools in the nation to offer a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. As a “Warhawk,” you’ll also discover many ways to entertain yourself, from watching collegiate sports to participating in campus activities and spirit groups.
Net Price: $7,162
Student Body: 8,645
College of Staten Island
Staten Island, New York
The College of Staten Island in Staten Island, New York, has a reputation for focusing on graduate and advanced level programs, but students will find undergraduate opportunities as well. You will find plenty of majors that suit your career interests within the Schools of Business, Education, and Health Services, which adhere strictly to national academic standards and expectations for the highest quality curricula. On-campus attendees also enjoy the fairly luxurious surroundings and proximity to New York entertainment venues. The campus is the largest college site in New York City, and you’ll find 16 commissioned works of art throughout the well-maintained buildings. Even so, the tuition remains one of the lowest in the nation, making it one of the cheapest private colleges.
Net Price: $7,117
Student Body: 14,441
Louisiana State University – Shreveport
Louisiana State University at Shreveport boasts one of the more prestigious academic programs in the region and maintains a strong mission to produce graduates who are critical thinkers and problem solvers above all else. More than 20 undergrad options include Community Health, Early Childhood Education, and Math and Physics, and the most advanced students can attend honors classes or apply to one of 12 master’s programs. The eight-week semester format might also appeal to you, as it is designed to help students graduate on a shorter timescale. Students who live on campus enjoy more than 70 student organizations and extracurricul