Least Expensive Private Colleges

Cost is just one factor to weigh when determining which college is right for you. The list below gives a glimpse into how much some students pay for college. It also illustrates that, even among private colleges, there are affordable choices. These are the 50 least expensive private colleges in the United States. Tuition listed is for one full academic year, based on 2007 data. All colleges with fewer than 100 full time undergraduate students have been excluded.

Note: The cost of college can vary greatly depending on what merit aid offered by the college. If you qualify for merit aid, a college that otherwise is unaffordable may be right in your price range.

The 50 least expensive private colleges in the country.

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
Berea College Berea KY 1,614 $790
Brigham Young University-Hawaii Laie HI 2,754 $3,250
Brigham Young University Provo UT 30,474 $3,840
Doane College-Lincoln Lincoln NE 630 $4,696
The National Hispanic University San Jose CA 290 $4,904
Arkansas Baptist College Little Rock AR 503 $5,500
Rust College Holly Springs MS 808 $6,600
Tri-State University-South Bend Campus South Bend IN 108 $6,912
Talladega College Talladega AL 447 $7,128
Miles College Fairfield AL 1,761 $7,181
Park University Parkville MO 9,843 $7,310
Our Lady of Holy Cross College New Orleans LA 895 $7,350
Voorhees College Denmark SC 723 $7,460
Sojourner-Douglass College Baltimore MD 999 $7,478
Life University Marietta GA 500 $7,605
Lane College Jackson TN 1,478 $7,620
Blue Mountain College Blue Mountain MS 374 $8,100
Jarvis Christian College Hawkins TX 628 $8,208
Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes KY 621 $8,250
Philander Smith College Little Rock AR 507 $8,402
Wilmington University New Castle DE 3,780 $8,450
Texas College Tyler TX 971 $8,746
William Carey University Hattiesburg MS 1,930 $9,015
Central Baptist College Conway AR 456 $9,040
Heritage University Toppenish WA 712 $9,055
Trinity International University Davie FL 150 $9,095
Wayland Baptist University Plainview TX 3,857 $9,120
Paul Quinn College Dallas TX 683 $9,170
Edward Waters College Jacksonville FL 772 $9,176
Morris College Sumter SC 894 $9,250
Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie TX 1,212 $9,400
Wiley College Marshall TX 818 $9,400
Tougaloo College Tougaloo MS 946 $9,710
National University La Jolla CA 5,433 $9,720
Union Institute & University Cincinnati OH 1,198 $9,844
Allen University Columbia SC 506 $9,884
Davenport University Grand Rapids MI 8,477 $9,956
Huston-Tillotson University Austin TX 638 $10,040
Bryn Athyn College of the New Church Bryn Athyn PA 119 $10,114
Hodges University Naples FL 1,432 $10,238
Le Moyne-Owen College Memphis TN 561 $10,298
Williams Baptist College Walnut Ridge AR 541 $10,370
Southeastern University Washington DC 366 $10,470
Regent University Virginia Beach VA 777 $10,488
Thomas University Thomasville GA 236 $10,570
Bob Jones University Greenville SC 3,683 $10,610
Paine College Augusta GA 896 $10,694
Lee University Cleveland TN 3,502 $10,782
Shaw University Raleigh NC 3,076 $10,840
David N Myers University Cleveland OH 336 $10,950