Top 100 Most Affordable Colleges and Universities in 2024

Most affordable colleges in 2024

While price is important, getting a good education is more important. But if you look hard, you can find a great education at a great price. Below is our list of top 100 most affordable universities in the United States for 2024. Each offers exceptional value for students looking for a great education – at a great price.

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RankSchool NameNet PriceStudent Body
1California State University–Dominquez Hills
Carson, CA
2University of Texas–Pan American
Edinburg, TX
3California State University–Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
4CUNY Leman College
Bronx, New York
5City College of New York
New York, NY
6Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC
7Dalton State College
Dalton, GA
8University of Texas–El Paso
El Paso, TX
9CUNY New York City College of Technology
Brooklyn, NY
10Queens College of the CUNY
Flushing, NY
11California State University–Fresno
Fresno, CA
12University of Arkansas–Fort Smith
Fort Smith, AR
13Northeastern State University
Tahlequah, OK
14California State University–San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA
15Brooklyn College
Brooklyn, NY
16Daytona State College
Daytona Beach, FL
17California State University–Fullerton
Fullerton, CA
18Louisiana State University–Shreveport
Shreveport, LA
19College of Staten Island
Staten Island, NY
20University of Louisiana–Monroe
Monroe, LA
21California State University–Stanislaus
Turlock, CA
22University of Alaska–Anchorage
Anchorage, AK
23East Central University
Ada, OK
24University of Texas–Brownsville
New York, NY
25Hunter College of the CUNY
New York, NY
26University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN
27North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Greensboro, NC
28Saint Petersburg College
St. Petersburg, FL
29State University of New York College at Old Westbury
West Bury, NY
30University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
31Purdue University North Central
Westville, IN
32Indiana University East
Westville, IN
33Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Natchitoches, LA
34Tennessee State University
Nashville, TN
35University of Texas–Dallas
Richardson, TX
36California State University–Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
37Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, AR
38Brigham Young University–Idaho
Rexburg, ID
39California State University–Long Beach
Long Beach, CA
40University of Alaska–Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK
41Winston Salem State University
Winston Salem, NC
42California State University–Monterey Bay
Sea Side, CA
43Marshall University
Huntington, WV
44Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV
45Middle Georgia College
Macon, GA
46Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View, TX
47University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
48Fairmont State University
Fairmont, WV
49Rhode Island College
Providence, RI
50Texas Woman’s University
Denton, TX
51Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, TX
52Nicholls State University
Thibodaux, LA
53Southeastern Louisiana University
Hammond, LA
54University of Texas–Permian Basin
Odessa, TX
55Arkansas State University
Jonesboro, AR
56California State University–Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
57Cameron University
Lawton, OK
58Wichita State University
Wichita, KS
59Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY
60Utah Valley University
Orem, UT
61University of Washington–Tacoma
Tacoma, WA
62Louisiana Tech University
Ruston, LA
63Missouri Southern State University
Joplin, MO
64Kent State University–Stark
North Canton, OH
65Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN
66University of Hawaii–Hilo
Hilo, HI
67University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AK
68University of Wisconsin–Parkside
Kenosha, WI
69University of Washington–Bothell
Bothell, Washington
70University of Michigan–Dearborn
Dearborn, MI
71University of Washington–Seattle
Seattle, WA
72University of North Carolina–Greensboro
city, state
73New Jersey City University
city, state
74University of North Carolina–Pembroke
Pembroke, NC
75North Carolina Central University–Durham, NC
city, state
76Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO
77Savannah State University
Savannah, GA
78Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, NM
79Murray State University
Murray, KY
80University of Arkansas–Little Rock
Little Rock, AK
81Vincennes University
Vincennes, IN
82West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
83Indiana University–Kokomo
Kokomo, IN
84San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
85Texas A&M University–Commerce
Commerce, TX
86University of Houston–Victoria
Victoria, TX
87Stanford University
Stanford, CA
88Indiana University–Southeast
New Albany, IN
89Applalachian State University
Boone, NC
90Chicago State University
Chicago, IL
91Weber State University
Ogden, UT
92Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Weatherford, OK
93University of North Alabama
Florence, AL
94Jackson State University
Jackson, MI
95University of Michigan–Flint
Flint, MI
96California State University–Northridge
city, state
97University of North Carolina–Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
98University of Illinois–Springfield
Springfield, IL
99Southern Polytechnic State University
Marietta, GA
100University of Massachusetts–Boston
Boston, MA

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Determining what higher education path to pursue will be one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. This path will determine where you study, what you study and will impact your future career choice and earning potential. These days more and more people are attending community colleges because they provide a good return on investment. Attending a community college is inexpensive and allows students to develop targeted skills that are directly applicable in various trades and careers. However, while affordable, an education in the community lacks a bit of the prestigious, credential and higher education opportunity provided by a four-year university. For those who are looking to gain a university level education and degree, as affordably as possible, attending any one of the universities listed above is a great option.

So how did we develop our list? We started with a list of just under 2,700 regionally accredited universities provided by the National Center of Education Statistics–a U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences that collects and organizes data on higher education institutions operating in the United States. We then chose to use only those universities with a student body of at least 4,000 (mid-range to large schools)– the list above does not include smaller colleges and universities. We then removed 2-year community colleges, graduate schools, and especially schools from the list–as well as schools that don’t admit first-year freshman. We then selected the top 100 schools from our list based on “net price”–a figure which includes tuition, fees, room and board and other expenses students will need to cover.