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100 Most Affordable Colleges & Universities
Top Consensus Ranked Schools 2019

July 10, 2019
Most Affordable Colleges Universities

In the age of rapidly rising tuition – college costs have risen far faster than the rate of inflation in the 21st century, and even faster than financial aid – affordability is no joke. With our Consensus Ranking of the 100 Most Affordable Colleges & Universities, College Consensus is lighting up the way to a college education students can actually afford. With student debt representing the second-largest consumer debt class (after mortgages), earning a college degree without setting yourself up for a life of loan repayment – which never goes away, not even in bankruptcy – has turned into the Holy Grail: much sought, found by only a lucky few. If you’re interested in an affordable online degree, be sure to check out our ranking of the Most Affordable Online Colleges.

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
59.4
College Consensus
49.3
Publisher Consensus
69.5
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

2

Brigham Young University-Provo
Provo, UT

provo byu
72.8
College Consensus
63.7
Publisher Consensus
82
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

3

The University of Texas Permian Basin
Odessa, TX

UT Permian Basin
56.9
College Consensus
40.6
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

4

Delta State University
Cleveland, MS

delta state university
55.9
College Consensus
40.1
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

5

Alcorn State University
Alcorn State, MS

Alcorn State University
60.2
College Consensus
44.7
Publisher Consensus
75.8
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

6

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred
Alfred, NY

SUNY College of Technology at Alfred
59
College Consensus
45.6
Publisher Consensus
72.4
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

7

Southwest Minnesota State University
Marshall, MN

southwest minnesota state
56.1
College Consensus
41.4
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

8

Bemidji State University
Bemidji, MN

bemidji state
53.4
College Consensus
35.4
Publisher Consensus
71.3
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

9

Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH

Youngstown State University
53.8
College Consensus
41.4
Publisher Consensus
66.2
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

10

Nicholls State University
Thibodaux, LA

nicholls state
58.4
College Consensus
39.6
Publisher Consensus
77.3
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

11

West Texas A & M University
Canyon, TX

West Texas AM University
55.3
College Consensus
39.2
Publisher Consensus
71.3
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

12

Dickinson State University
Dickinson, ND

Dickinson
60.5
College Consensus
46.2
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

13

Henderson State University
Arkadelphia, AR

Henderson State
56.3
College Consensus
38.7
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

14

University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS

university southern miss
58.9
College Consensus
45.9
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

15

Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, TX

Midwestern State University
55.7
College Consensus
40.7
Publisher Consensus
70.7
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

16

Northern State University
Aberdeen, SD

northern state
60.4
College Consensus
44.7
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

17

Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste Marie, MI

Lake Superior State University
54.1
College Consensus
44.3
Publisher Consensus
63.9
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

18

Alice Lloyd College
Pippa Passes, KY

Alice Lloyd
62.3
College Consensus
62.5
Publisher Consensus
62.1
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

19

Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD

55.2
College Consensus
39.4
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

20

South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD

sdsu
54.4
College Consensus
40.1
Publisher Consensus
68.6
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

21

University of Minnesota-Crookston
Crookston, MN

University of Minnesota Crookston
63.6
College Consensus
53.9
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

22

Wayne State College
Wayne, NE

Wayne State
55.5
College Consensus
35.9
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

23

University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD

USouthDakota
56
College Consensus
41.1
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

24

University of Maine at Fort Kent
Fort Kent, ME

fort kent mine 1
54.8
College Consensus
32.2
Publisher Consensus
77.4
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

25

Dakota State University
Madison, SD

DSU
59.4
College Consensus
42
Publisher Consensus
76.8
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

26

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
Magnolia, AR

southern arkansas university
52.4
College Consensus
40.2
Publisher Consensus
64.6
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

27

William Carey University
Hattiesburg, MS

William Carey University
63.5
College Consensus
53
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

28

Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, AR

arkansas tech university
53.3
College Consensus
34.4
Publisher Consensus
72.2
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

29

Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO

Southeast Missouri State
56.6
College Consensus
41
Publisher Consensus
72.3
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

30

University of North Georgia
Dahlonega, GA

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59.4
College Consensus
51.8
Publisher Consensus
67.1
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

31

Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL

Western Illinois University
58.8
College Consensus
49.9
Publisher Consensus
67.8
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

32

Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, MO

Northwest Missouri State University
59
College Consensus
42.4
Publisher Consensus
75.6
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

33

Bluefield State College
Bluefield, WV

bluefield state
54.3
College Consensus
40.7
Publisher Consensus
67.8
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

34

University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kearney, NE

UNK
62
College Consensus
48.5
Publisher Consensus
75.5
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

35

University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

University of New Orleans
55.2
College Consensus
42.1
Publisher Consensus
68.3
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

36

Morehead State University
Morehead, KY

Morehead State University
57.7
College Consensus
43.7
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

37

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, AR

pine bluf UA
59.1
College Consensus
49.1
Publisher Consensus
69.1
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

38

Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH

Cleveland State University 1
55.1
College Consensus
45.5
Publisher Consensus
64.7
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

39

Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL

Eastern Illinois University
62.2
College Consensus
52.3
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

40

Southwestern Christian University
Bethany, OK

SWCU
58.5
College Consensus
44.5
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

41

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kutztown, PA

Kutztown University Pennsylvania
55.5
College Consensus
44.2
Publisher Consensus
66.9
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

42

Northeastern State University
Tahlequah, OK

57.1
College Consensus
44.5
Publisher Consensus
69.7
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

43

University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO

university central missouri
55.1
College Consensus
37.9
Publisher Consensus
72.2
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

44

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock, PA

sru
60.5
College Consensus
49.2
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

45

CUNY City College
New York, NY

city college CUNY
61.8
College Consensus
59.2
Publisher Consensus
64.4
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

46

CUNY York College
Jamaica, NY

44.7
College Consensus
28.8
Publisher Consensus
60.7
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

47

CUNY Hunter College
New York, NY

Hunter College
62.8
College Consensus
61.9
Publisher Consensus
63.7
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

48

CUNY Lehman College
Bronx, NY

CUNY Lehman College
55.9
College Consensus
46.7
Publisher Consensus
65.1
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

49

CUNY Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn College
59.8
College Consensus
53.7
Publisher Consensus
65.9
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

50

Truman State University
Kirksville, MO

truman
67.4
College Consensus
61.9
Publisher Consensus
72.9
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

51

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
New York, NY

Baruch College
64.9
College Consensus
65
Publisher Consensus
64.9
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

52

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York, NY

CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice
56.3
College Consensus
41.8
Publisher Consensus
70.9
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

53

CUNY Queens College
Queens, NY

CUNY Queens College
60.8
College Consensus
57.8
Publisher Consensus
63.9
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

54

Fairmont State University
Fairmont, WV

54.1
College Consensus
40.9
Publisher Consensus
67.3
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

55

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro, PA

52.1
College Consensus
38
Publisher Consensus
66.2
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

56

Westfield State University
Westfield, MA

Westfield State University
57.5
College Consensus
47.6
Publisher Consensus
67.5
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

57

Framingham State University
Framingham, MA

framingham state university
53.7
College Consensus
44.9
Publisher Consensus
62.5
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

58

Troy University
Troy, AL

Troy University
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69.2
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

59

Minnesota State University-Mankato
Mankato, MN

Minnesota State University Mankato
49.7
College Consensus
33.9
Publisher Consensus
65.5
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

60

Albany State University
Albany, GA

Albany State University
53.4
College Consensus
40.8
Publisher Consensus
66
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

61

Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA

Bridgewater State University
53.9
College Consensus
44.8
Publisher Consensus
63.1
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

62

Lee University
Cleveland, TN

Lee University
60.5
College Consensus
45.9
Publisher Consensus
75.1
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

63

Saint Cloud State University
Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University
52.7
College Consensus
38.7
Publisher Consensus
66.7
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

64

Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem, NC

Winston Salem State University
56
College Consensus
45.4
Publisher Consensus
66.6
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

65

Louisiana College
Pineville, LA

Louisiana College
55.5
College Consensus
46.6
Publisher Consensus
64.5
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

66

Valley City State University
Valley City, ND

valley city
63.2
College Consensus
52.2
Publisher Consensus
74.3
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

67

Delaware State University
Dover, DE

delaware state
56.6
College Consensus
49.1
Publisher Consensus
64
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

68

Claflin University
Orangeburg, SC

claflin campus
60.6
College Consensus
48.5
Publisher Consensus
72.8
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

69

University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY

Wyoming
60.1
College Consensus
46.9
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

70

Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg, MA

Fitchburg State
56.3
College Consensus
43.3
Publisher Consensus
69.3
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

71

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Whitewater, WI

University of Wisconsin Whitewater
60.1
College Consensus
47.6
Publisher Consensus
72.6
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

72

Marshall University
Huntington, WV

Marshall University
57.9
College Consensus
46.8
Publisher Consensus
69
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

73

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI

University Wisconsin Eau Claire
62.6
College Consensus
50.7
Publisher Consensus
74.6
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

74

Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI

GVSU
61.3
College Consensus
52
Publisher Consensus
70.5
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

75

University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, OK

central ok
51.1
College Consensus
32.9
Publisher Consensus
69.2
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

76

University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS

university southern miss
58.9
College Consensus
45.9
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

77

Glenville State College
Glenville, WV

Glenville State
60.8
College Consensus
45
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

78

Columbus State University
Columbus, GA

Columbus State University
52.5
College Consensus
40.6
Publisher Consensus
64.5
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

79

Wichita State University
Wichita, KS

Wichita State University
53.1
College Consensus
40.5
Publisher Consensus
65.7
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

80

Mississippi University for Women
Columbus, MS

Mississippi University Women
64.4
College Consensus
51.7
Publisher Consensus
77.1
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

81

Mississippi College
Clinton, MS

Mississippi College
61.6
College Consensus
54.4
Publisher Consensus
68.8
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

82

Oakwood University
Huntsville, AL

Oakwood University
60
College Consensus
48.3
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

83

University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, NC

UNC pembroke
56.7
College Consensus
39.5
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

84

Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA

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61
College Consensus
46.5
Publisher Consensus
75.5
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

85

Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL

Western Illinois University
58.8
College Consensus
49.9
Publisher Consensus
67.8
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

86

Texas A & M International University
Laredo, TX

Texas A M International University
59.6
College Consensus
43.2
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

87

Converse College
Spartanburg, SC

Converse College
65.6
College Consensus
60.8
Publisher Consensus
70.4
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

88

Texas Woman’s University
Denton, TX

Texas Womans University
57.9
College Consensus
46.1
Publisher Consensus
69.7
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

89

Wright State University-Main Campus
Dayton, OH

Wright State University
53.8
College Consensus
44.2
Publisher Consensus
63.5
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

90

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

WCU
64.6
College Consensus
53.1
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

91

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Edinburg, TX

UTRG
61.8
College Consensus
48.2
Publisher Consensus
75.4
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

92

Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL

Florida Atlantic University
57.9
College Consensus
47.3
Publisher Consensus
68.6
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

93

University of South Florida-Main Campus
Tampa, FL

University South Florida Main
62.5
College Consensus
52.5
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

94

University of Mary
Bismarck, ND

university mary
54.2
College Consensus
44.1
Publisher Consensus
64.3
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

95

California State University-Fresno
Fresno, CA

Fresno State
56.6
College Consensus
43.4
Publisher Consensus
69.8
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

96

University of Minnesota-Duluth
Duluth, MN

University of Minnesota Duluth
59.3
College Consensus
49.3
Publisher Consensus
69.3
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

97

Flagler College-St Augustine
Saint Augustine, FL

Flagler College
63.5
College Consensus
60.7
Publisher Consensus
66.2
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

98

Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD

Morgan State University
56
College Consensus
46.5
Publisher Consensus
65.5
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

99

Stephen F Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX

Stephen F Austin State University
56.8
College Consensus
39.7
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Accessed July, 2019

100

California State University-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Calstate LosAngeles
56.6
College Consensus
47.8
Publisher Consensus
65.4
Student Consensus
Accessed August, 2018

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.