Least Expensive Public 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. If cost is a big factor in your college decision, this list will be of comfort. Many state schools offer a good education at a smaller sticker price than similar private colleges. These are the 50 least expensive public colleges in the United States. Tuition listed is in-state tuition for one full academic year, based on 2007 data.

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 public colleges

College City State Full-time undergrads Tuition
New Mexico Highlands University Las Vegas NM 1,733 $2,536
Fort Hays State University Hays KS 5,463 $2,685
Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton FL 17,020 $2,694
University of North Florida Jacksonville FL 12,700 $2,793
Nevada State College Henderson NV 1,498 $2,839
The University of West Florida Pensacola FL 7,170 $2,860
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City NC 2,696 $2,898
Southern University at New Orleans New Orleans LA 1,630 $2,970
United States Coast Guard Academy New London CT 995 $3,000
San Diego State University-Imperial Valley Campus Calexico CA 552 $3,022
Metropolitan State College of Denver Denver CO 15,175 $3,079
California State University-Long Beach Long Beach CA 26,449 $3,116
Florida International University Miami FL 28,108 $3,130
University of the District of Columbia Washington DC 7,320 $3,140
Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Portales NM 2,716 $3,156
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford OK 4,100 $3,198
Western New Mexico University Silver City NM 1,581 $3,223
University of Hawaii-West Oahu Pearl City HI 497 $3,226
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Chickasha OK 1,186 $3,240
Augusta State University Augusta GA 4,863 $3,242
California State University-Monterey Bay Seaside CA 3,602 $3,256
University of Florida Gainesville FL 34,764 $3,257
McNeese State University Lake Charles LA 6,858 $3,262
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee FL 9,518 $3,274
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona Pomona CA 17,738 $3,278
California State University-Fresno Fresno CA 17,613 $3,299
Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem NC 4,889 $3,300
California State University-Stanislaus Turlock CA 5,606 $3,330
California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 14,658 $3,332
California State University-Fullerton Fullerton CA 24,648 3$,342
California State University-East Bay Hayward CA 9,941 $3,345
California State University-Northridge Northridge CA 24,907 $3,350
Florida State University Tallahassee FL 23,134 $3,355
University of Wyoming Laramie WY 8,463 $3,366
California State University-San Marcos San Marcos CA 6,717 $3,374
California State University-Dominguez Hills Carson CA 7,348 $3,377
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette LA 13,704 $3,402
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville NC 4,669 $3,422
Armstrong Atlantic State University Savannah GA 4,996 $3,424
San Diego State University San Diego CA 25,118 $3,428
California State University-Channel Islands Camarillo CA 2,713 $3,452
California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino CA 12,749 $3,455
San Francisco State University San Francisco CA 22,533 $3,456
University of South Florida Tampa FL 31,280 $3,457
Adams State College Alamosa CO 2,071 $3,466
Albany State University Albany GA 3,398 $3,470
Savannah State University Savannah GA 3,036 $3,486
North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro NC 9,348 $3,500
Columbus State University Columbus GA 5,846 $3,514
Louisiana State University-Shreveport Shreveport LA 2,881 $3,520