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100 Most Affordable Colleges & Universities
Top Consensus Ranked Schools 2019

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Most Affordable Colleges Universities

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To create our ranking of the 100 Most Affordable Colleges & Universities we started with schools that qualified for a College Consensus score and then ordered them from lowest to highest according to the most recent out-of-state tuition & fee information published by the National Center for Education Statistics. College Consensus is happy to show prospective students and their families where to find a school that not only won’t break the bank, but will also provide a quality, respected degree to take into the marketplace.

1

Brigham Young University-Hawaii
Laie, HI

BYUH
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.4
College Consensus
49.3
Publisher Consensus
69.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$5,400

2

Brigham Young University-Provo
Provo, UT

provo byu
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.8
College Consensus
63.7
Publisher Consensus
82
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$5,460

3

The University of Texas Permian Basin
Odessa, TX

UT Permian Basin
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.9
College Consensus
40.6
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$6,622

4

Delta State University
Cleveland, MS

delta state university
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.9
College Consensus
40.1
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$6,859

5

Alcorn State University
Alcorn State, MS

Alcorn State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.2
College Consensus
44.7
Publisher Consensus
75.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$6,888

6

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred
Alfred, NY

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59
College Consensus
45.6
Publisher Consensus
72.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$8,327

7

Southwest Minnesota State University
Marshall, MN

southwest minnesota state
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.1
College Consensus
41.4
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$8,610

8

Bemidji State University
Bemidji, MN

bemidji state
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.4
College Consensus
35.4
Publisher Consensus
71.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$8,677

9

Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH

Youngstown State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.8
College Consensus
41.4
Publisher Consensus
66.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$8,811

10

Nicholls State University
Thibodaux, LA

nicholls state
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.4
College Consensus
39.6
Publisher Consensus
77.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$8,979

11

West Texas A & M University
Canyon, TX

West Texas AM University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.3
College Consensus
39.2
Publisher Consensus
71.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$9,117

12

Dickinson State University
Dickinson, ND

Dickinson
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.5
College Consensus
46.2
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$9,226

13

Henderson State University
Arkadelphia, AR

Henderson State
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.3
College Consensus
38.7
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$10,180

14

University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS

university southern miss
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.9
College Consensus
45.9
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$10,218

15

Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, TX

Midwestern State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.7
College Consensus
40.7
Publisher Consensus
70.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$10,644

16

Northern State University
Aberdeen, SD

northern state
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.4
College Consensus
44.7
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$11,210

17

Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste Marie, MI

Lake Superior State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.1
College Consensus
44.3
Publisher Consensus
63.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$11,427

18

Alice Lloyd College
Pippa Passes, KY

Alice Lloyd
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.3
College Consensus
62.5
Publisher Consensus
62.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$11,550

19

Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD

AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.2
College Consensus
39.4
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$11,602

20

South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD

sdsu
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.4
College Consensus
40.1
Publisher Consensus
68.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$11,689

21

University of Minnesota-Crookston
Crookston, MN

University of Minnesota Crookston
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.6
College Consensus
53.9
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$11,814

22

Wayne State College
Wayne, NE

Wayne State
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.5
College Consensus
35.9
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$11,986

23

University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD

USouthDakota
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56
College Consensus
41.1
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$12,019

24

University of Maine at Fort Kent
Fort Kent, ME

fort kent mine 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.8
College Consensus
32.2
Publisher Consensus
77.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$12,075

25

Dakota State University
Madison, SD

DSU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.4
College Consensus
42
Publisher Consensus
76.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$12,077

26

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
Magnolia, AR

southern arkansas university
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
52.4
College Consensus
40.2
Publisher Consensus
64.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$12,156

27

William Carey University
Hattiesburg, MS

William Carey University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.5
College Consensus
53
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$12,300

28

Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, AR

arkansas tech university
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.3
College Consensus
34.4
Publisher Consensus
72.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$12,528

29

Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO

Southeast Missouri State
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.6
College Consensus
41
Publisher Consensus
72.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$12,720

30

University of North Georgia
Dahlonega, GA

UNGjpg
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.4
College Consensus
51.8
Publisher Consensus
67.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$12,834

31

Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL

Western Illinois University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.8
College Consensus
49.9
Publisher Consensus
67.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$12,897

32

Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, MO

Northwest Missouri State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59
College Consensus
42.4
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$12,908

33

Bluefield State College
Bluefield, WV

bluefield state
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.3
College Consensus
40.7
Publisher Consensus
67.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$13,032

34

University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE

UNK
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62
College Consensus
48.5
Publisher Consensus
75.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$13,194

35

University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

University of New Orleans
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.2
College Consensus
42.1
Publisher Consensus
68.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$13,320

36

Morehead State University
Morehead, KY

Morehead State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.7
College Consensus
43.7
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$13,426

37

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, AR

pine bluf UA
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.1
College Consensus
49.1
Publisher Consensus
69.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$13,738

38

Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH

Cleveland State University 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.1
College Consensus
45.5
Publisher Consensus
64.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$13,829

39

Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.2
College Consensus
52.3
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$13,868

40

Southwestern Christian University
Bethany, OK

SWCU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.5
College Consensus
44.5
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$13,880

41

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kutztown, PA

Kutztown University Pennsylvania
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.5
College Consensus
44.2
Publisher Consensus
66.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$13,975

42

Northeastern State University
Tahlequah, OK

AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.1
College Consensus
44.5
Publisher Consensus
69.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$14,022

43

University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO

university central missouri
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.1
College Consensus
37.9
Publisher Consensus
72.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$14,150

44

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock, PA

sru
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.5
College Consensus
49.2
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$14,193

45

CUNY City College
New York, NY

city college CUNY
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.8
College Consensus
59.2
Publisher Consensus
64.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$14,330

46

CUNY York College
Jamaica, NY

AVG: 0 AVG: 0
44.7
College Consensus
28.8
Publisher Consensus
60.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$14,348

47

CUNY Hunter College
New York, NY

Hunter College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.8
College Consensus
61.9
Publisher Consensus
63.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$14,372

48

CUNY Lehman College
Bronx, NY

CUNY Lehman College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.9
College Consensus
46.7
Publisher Consensus
65.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$14,400

49

CUNY Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.8
College Consensus
53.7
Publisher Consensus
65.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$14,430

50

Truman State University
Kirksville, MO

truman
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.4
College Consensus
61.9
Publisher Consensus
72.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$14,440

51

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
New York, NY

Baruch College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.9
College Consensus
65
Publisher Consensus
64.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$14,452

52

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York, NY

CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.3
College Consensus
41.8
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$14,460

53

CUNY Queens College
Queens, NY

CUNY Queens College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.8
College Consensus
57.8
Publisher Consensus
63.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$14,528

54

Fairmont State University
Fairmont, WV

AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.1
College Consensus
40.9
Publisher Consensus
67.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$14,666

55

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro, PA

edinboro
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
52.1
College Consensus
38
Publisher Consensus
66.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$14,668

56

Westfield State University
Westfield, MA

Westfield State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.5
College Consensus
47.6
Publisher Consensus
67.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$15,795

57

Framingham State University
Framingham, MA

framingham state university
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.7
College Consensus
44.9
Publisher Consensus
62.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,000

58

Troy University
Troy, AL

Troy University
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,276

59

Minnesota State University-Mankato
Mankato, MN

Minnesota State University Mankato
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
49.7
College Consensus
33.9
Publisher Consensus
65.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,216

60

Albany State University
Albany, GA

Albany State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.4
College Consensus
40.8
Publisher Consensus
66
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,136

61

Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA

Bridgewater State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.9
College Consensus
44.8
Publisher Consensus
63.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,152

62

Lee University
Cleveland, TN

Lee University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.5
College Consensus
45.9
Publisher Consensus
75.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,730

63

Saint Cloud State University
Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
52.7
College Consensus
38.7
Publisher Consensus
66.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,462

64

Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem, NC

Winston Salem State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56
College Consensus
45.4
Publisher Consensus
66.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,188

65

Louisiana College
Pineville, LA

Louisiana College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.5
College Consensus
46.6
Publisher Consensus
64.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,000

66

Valley City State University
Valley City, ND

valley city
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.2
College Consensus
52.2
Publisher Consensus
74.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,579

67

Delaware State University
Dover, DE

delaware state
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.6
College Consensus
49.1
Publisher Consensus
64
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,904

68

Claflin University
Orangeburg, SC

claflin campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.6
College Consensus
48.5
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,480

69

University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY

Wyoming
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.1
College Consensus
46.9
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,827

70

Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg, MA

Fitchburg State
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.3
College Consensus
43.3
Publisher Consensus
69.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,235

71

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI

University of Wisconsin Whitewater
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.1
College Consensus
47.6
Publisher Consensus
72.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,235

72

Marshall University
Huntington, WV

Marshall University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.9
College Consensus
46.8
Publisher Consensus
69
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,856

73

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI

University Wisconsin Eau Claire
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.6
College Consensus
50.7
Publisher Consensus
74.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,736

74

Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI

GVSU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.3
College Consensus
52
Publisher Consensus
70.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,064

75

University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, OK

central ok
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
51.1
College Consensus
32.9
Publisher Consensus
69.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,447

76

University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS

university southern miss
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.9
College Consensus
45.9
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$10,218

77

Glenville State College
Glenville, WV

Glenville State
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.8
College Consensus
45
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,560

78

Columbus State University
Columbus, GA

Columbus State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
52.5
College Consensus
40.6
Publisher Consensus
64.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,920

79

Wichita State University
Wichita, KS

Wichita State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.1
College Consensus
40.5
Publisher Consensus
65.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,390

80

Mississippi University for Women
Columbus, MS

Mississippi University Women
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.4
College Consensus
51.7
Publisher Consensus
77.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$18,155

81

Mississippi College
Clinton, MS

Mississippi College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.6
College Consensus
54.4
Publisher Consensus
68.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,392

82

Oakwood University
Huntsville, AL

Oakwood University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60
College Consensus
48.3
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$16,720

83

University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, NC

UNC pembroke
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.7
College Consensus
39.5
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,605

84

Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA

Georgia Southern Dining Commons Lakeside 1 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61
College Consensus
46.5
Publisher Consensus
75.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,142

85

Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL

Western Illinois University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.8
College Consensus
49.9
Publisher Consensus
67.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$12,897

86

Texas A & M International University
Laredo, TX

Texas A M International University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.6
College Consensus
43.2
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,411

87

Converse College
Spartanburg, SC

Converse College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.6
College Consensus
60.8
Publisher Consensus
70.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,680

88

Texas Woman’s University
Denton, TX

Texas Womans University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.9
College Consensus
46.1
Publisher Consensus
69.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,446

89

Wright State University-Main Campus
Dayton, OH

Wright State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.8
College Consensus
44.2
Publisher Consensus
63.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,098

90

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

WCU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.6
College Consensus
53.1
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,290

91

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Edinburg, TX

UTRG
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.8
College Consensus
48.2
Publisher Consensus
75.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,547

92

Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL

Florida Atlantic University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.9
College Consensus
47.3
Publisher Consensus
68.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,276

93

University of South Florida-Main Campus
Tampa, FL

University South Florida Main
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.5
College Consensus
52.5
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,324

94

University of Mary
Bismarck, ND

university mary
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.2
College Consensus
44.1
Publisher Consensus
64.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$18,224

95

California State University-Fresno
Fresno, CA

Fresno State
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.6
College Consensus
43.4
Publisher Consensus
69.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$18,465

96

University of Minnesota-Duluth
Duluth, MN

University of Minnesota Duluth
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.3
College Consensus
49.3
Publisher Consensus
69.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$18,462

97

Flagler College-St Augustine
Saint Augustine, FL

Flagler College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.5
College Consensus
60.7
Publisher Consensus
66.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$18,200

98

Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD

Morgan State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56
College Consensus
46.5
Publisher Consensus
65.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,832

99

Stephen F Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX

Stephen F Austin State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.8
College Consensus
39.7
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: July, 2019
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$17,676

100

California State University-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Calstate LosAngeles
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.6
College Consensus
47.8
Publisher Consensus
65.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: August, 2018
Published out-of-state tuition and fees
$18,519

What Makes the Most Affordable Colleges and Universities?

So how does College Consensus determine what makes the most affordable colleges and universities? It’s pretty easy to say what makes a college affordable: low tuition, obviously. But as for what makes an affordable college really worthwhile – that takes a little more explanation. After all, it’s no secret that college is more expensive than ever. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average tuition rate for public universities in 2015-2016 academic year was more than $19,000; by contrast, 30 years earlier, the same education would have cost $3800. But everything was cheaper in 1985 – except that, adjusted for inflation, 1985 tuition was less than $8500 in 2015 dollars. That means tuition is going up insanely fast – way faster than inflation.

That raises the question: is a college degree still worth it? The short answer is, yes, almost without a doubt. Why? Because, on average, people still make a lot more money with a college degree than without – more than 60% higher, according to NCES data. Male and female, young and old, every race, the stats hold true: a college degree holder makes more money than a worker without a college degree. However, that average can be a bit misleading. For one, a Georgetown University study shows that the major you choose – and, therefore, the career you go into – makes a huge difference. Engineering and science majors make far more than the average, while social work and education majors make far lower; business majors fall right along the median. Some jobs just make more money than others.

Meanwhile, the average 2016 graduate is more than $37,000 in student debt, and considering that many people have no student debt, thanks to loans, grants, or helpful parents, that means plenty of graduates are entering with workforce with far more debt than that. So, when you’re thinking about an affordable college degree, the most affordable colleges and universities aren’t just the ones with the lowest tuition – they’re the ones with the most value.(And almost as good as a tuition-free college). So plan carefully; think very seriously about how you are preparing for college, because financial smarts are just as important as book smarts. Reasonable costs, market-ready skills, in-demand professions: these are the things that make the most affordable colleges in the US a smart investment for tomorrow’s professionals and leaders.

How Do We Rank the Most Affordable Colleges & Universities?

College Consensus is the most unique college ranking site you’re likely to see. The Consensus method combines two different sets of data: first, we gather results from the most reputable rankings, including the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. Then, we pull together the most legitimate, verified student reviews from sites like Students Review, My Plan, and Cappex. Combining the Publisher Rating and the Student Review Rating, we calculate the Consensus Rating, which provides a solid average that we use to rank colleges and universities across a wide range of specializations, regions, and other categories.

For the Consensus ranking of the Most Affordable Colleges & Universities, College Consensus took a long, detailed look at the colleges and universities with the lowest tuition rates. That makes for a highly diverse assortment of colleges, including large regional public universities, small liberal arts colleges, evangelical and Catholic colleges, military academies, historically black colleges and universities, and even some of the fastest-growing up-and-coming universities in the US. The most affordable colleges and universities recognize that college students are real people with real needs, real dreams, and real futures, and they work to make sure students can live up to their potential without being dragged down by debt. They’re the heroes in the higher education landscape, and with the College Consensus ranking, they get to stand on their own merits, recognized not only for excellence and reputation, but for being the most affordable colleges in the US.

What’s Different About the College Consensus Ranking?

Most college rankings don’t take the long view – they look at their own particular criteria and make their rankings from a narrow set of qualifications. That’s precisely where College Consensus is different. Instead of working from its own subjective standards, College Consensus aggregates rankings and reviews to take in all of the perspectives. College Consensus brings together the expert assessment and the lived experience, all treated on an equal plane so that no voice gets the priority. With the Consensus method, every college and university gets its due place in the higher education landscape. Read more about our ranking methodology and sources on our about page.