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What Defines an Affordable College?

The phrase “affordable college” has taken on a lot of meanings in recent years, but generally it is defined as an institution of higher learning that offers affordable tuition and fees as well as options for financial aid and housing. With the rising cost of college tuition, attending an affordable college may be a necessary decision for many students and their families. Fortunately, there are a number of colleges in the United States that provide a quality education at an affordable price.

What Are the Benefits of Attending An Affordable College?

One of the primary benefits of attending an affordable college is the significant financial savings it can provide. In addition to lower tuition and fees, students can take advantage of numerous financial aid options, such as grants, scholarships, and federal student loans. Moreover, there are often discounts or special rates for certain activities and services. Finally, because there are usually lower costs for housing, attending an affordable college can save a great deal of money for students and their families.

Academic benefits are also present when it comes to choosing an affordable college. For example, some affordable colleges have small class sizes and offer more personalized instruction, which can help students to succeed academically. Additionally, many affordable colleges have excellent faculty members who are passionate about teaching and helping students to reach their educational goals.

It’s also important to mention that there are a number of financial aid options available to make college even more affordable. Many universities offer various forms of financial aid, such as grants, scholarships, and student loans. Additionally, the federal government offers Pell Grants and other forms of aid to assist students with college expenses.

What Are The Most Affordable Colleges?

College of Charleston

Coming in at #1 for the absolute most affordable college is the College of Charleston. Located in Charleston, SC - it's home to more nearly 13,000 students and is quite accessible, as the school accepts approximately 78% of all applicants. Overall the college ranks as #639, but tuition is exceptionally cheap coming in at just $70. Of course, students should be sure to investigate the specifics of what programs and courses are actually available at this price, the price tag listed here isn't meant to mean that every option of every major rings up at this price. Remote education (or lack thereof) may also factor into these prices. That being said, it's still a phenomenal opportunity to study with very little out of pocket expense.

Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Ranked in second place is Citadel Military College of South Carolina, also located in Charleston. This college has a slightly stricter acceptance rate, at 75% - and the student population is around 4,500. Overall it's ranked #377, making it an exceptionally good opportunity to get an education - and tuition costs only $75. Just remember, as always with any college, ensure you know what you're getting with the price tag - including while remote classes are free of charge, many majors may require labs, seminars and other course materials that may not be included.

Sentara College of Health Sciences

Sentara College of Health Sciences is the #3 most affordable college, located in Chesapeake, VA. The school's acceptance rate is 100%, so students have a good chance of getting in - with a population of just over 500 students. This college ranks overall at #676, and tuition is $364.

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

The 4th most affordable college is Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, which is located in Martinsburg, WV. As with the previous colleges, the acceptance rate is 100%, so a great opportunity for many students - yet with a population of 7,829, it's a bit larger than it's counterparts - and its overall college rank is at #2520. Tuition for this college is $408.

Panola College

The final #5 most affordable college is Panola College, in Carthage, TX. It is known for accepting all of their applicants, and with a student population of over 3,000 students, it's decently sized. It's overall college rank is #1966, and tuition is $792.

How To Find The Right Affordable College For You?

At the end of the day, there are a number of colleges in the US that offer a quality education at an affordable price. While some universities may be more expensive than others, there are a number of excellent and affordable options available for students who are looking to make college more affordable. Students should take care to dig deep into financial aid options (and particularly scholarships, which require no payback) to help supplement the cost of a college education. Families can also take advantage of a variety of grants and affordable housing programs if select criteria are met. When weighing college options, it is important to research a variety of affordable colleges to find the one that is the best fit for you.

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College of Charleston

#1 Most Affordable Colleges

College of Charleston is a large public institution located in Charleston, SC ranked 9th in South Carolina. It has a total of 10,756 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 78.33% of applicants. College of Charleston offers 96 different majors and is best known for its Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Fine and Studio Arts Management, and Archeology programs (nationally ranked 4th, 5th, and 16th respectively). With an annual tuition of $70 per year, College of Charleston is quite low-priced. 62.39% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to draw roughly $40,700 per year, which is 2% below the national median.

Charleston, SC

www.cofc.edu

C+

Rating

78%

Acceptance

12,907

Students

#639

Ranking

$70

Tuition

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Citadel Military College of South Carolina

#2 Most Affordable Colleges

Citadel Military College of South Carolina is a small public institution located in Charleston, SC ranked 6th in South Carolina. It has a total of 3,233 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 74.73% acceptance rate. Citadel Military College of South Carolina offers 84 different majors and is best known for its Military Technologies and Foreign Languages and Literatures programs, which are respectively ranked 8th and 15th in the nation. With an annual tuition of $75 per year, Citadel Military College of South Carolina is quite affordable. 69.45% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, joining the labor market. After college, alumni go on to take in approximately $56,800 per year, which is 37% over the national median.

Charleston, SC

www.citadel.edu

B+

Rating

75%

Acceptance

4,458

Students

#377

Ranking

$75

Tuition

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Sentara College of Health Sciences

#3 Most Affordable Colleges

Sentara College of Health Sciences is a very small private university located in Chesapeake, VA ranked 21st in Virginia. It has a total of 486 full-time undergraduate students. Sentara College of Health Sciences offers 5 different majors and is best known for its Registered Nursing program, which is ranked 3rd in Virginia. 56.98% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn close to $55,200 per year, which is 33% above the national median.

Chesapeake, VA

www.sentara.edu

C+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

504

Students

#676

Ranking

$364

Tuition

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Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

#4 Most Affordable Colleges

Martinsburg, WV

www.blueridgectc.edu

D+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

7,829

Students

#2520

Ranking

$408

Tuition

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Panola College

#5 Most Affordable Colleges

Panola College is a small public associates college located in Carthage, TX with a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1. It has a total of 3,485 full-time undergraduate students. Panola College offers 36 different majors. With an annual tuition of $792 per year, Panola College is very inexpensive. 23.27% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to make more or less $33,500 per year, which is 19% under the national median.

Carthage, TX

www.panola.edu

C-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,485

Students

#1966

Ranking

$792

Tuition

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Tohono O'odham Community College

#6 Most Affordable Colleges

Sells, AZ

www.tocc.edu

C

Rating

100%

Acceptance

706

Students

#1908

Ranking

$822

Tuition

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Escuela De Troqueleria Y Herramentaje

#7 Most Affordable Colleges

Escuela De Troqueleria Y Herramentaje is a very small public university located in Bayamon, PR with a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. It has a total of 103 full-time undergraduate students. Escuela De Troqueleria Y Herramentaje offers 1 different majors. With an annual tuition of $900 per year, Escuela De Troqueleria Y Herramentaje is quite inexpensive. After graduation, alumni go on to earn roughly $20,200 per year, which is 51% under the national median.

Bayamon, PR

escuelatroqueleria.jimdo.com

D-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

103

Students

-

Ranking

$900

Tuition

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Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Guayama

#8 Most Affordable Colleges

Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Guayama is a very small public university located in Guayama, PR ranked 34th in Puerto Rico. It has a total of 542 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 96.06% of applicants. Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Guayama offers 10 different majors. With an annual tuition of $968 per year, Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Guayama is quite inexpensive. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn around $20,200 per year, which is 51% under the national median.

Guayama, PR

www.de.gobierno.pr/

D

Rating

96%

Acceptance

542

Students

#2757

Ranking

$968

Tuition

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Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de San Juan

#9 Most Affordable Colleges

Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de San Juan is a very small public university located in San Juan, PR ranked 32nd in Puerto Rico. It has a total of 481 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 100% of applicants. Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de San Juan offers 14 different majors. With an annual tuition of $1,080 per year, Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de San Juan is quite affordable. After graduation, alumni go on to earn around $20,200 per year, which is 51% below the national median.

San Juan, PR

https://instituto-tecnologico-de-puerto-rico-1.jimdosite.com/

D

Rating

100%

Acceptance

481

Students

#2707

Ranking

$1,080

Tuition

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Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Ponce

#9 Most Affordable Colleges

Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Ponce is a very small public university located in Ponce, PR ranked 37th in Puerto Rico. It has a total of 460 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 96.67% acceptance rate. Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Ponce offers 10 different majors. With an annual tuition of $1,080 per year, Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Ponce is quite inexpensive. After college, alumni go on to take in approximately $20,200 per year, which is 51% below the national median.

Ponce, PR

itec.dde.pr

D

Rating

97%

Acceptance

460

Students

#2838

Ranking

$1,080

Tuition

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Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Manati

#11 Most Affordable Colleges

Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Manati is a very small public university located in Manati, PR ranked 27th in Puerto Rico. It has a total of 603 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 98.94% acceptance rate. Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Manati offers 11 different majors. With an annual tuition of $1,100 per year, Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Manati is quite cheap. After finishing college, alumni go on to draw around $20,200 per year, which is 51% less than the national median.

Manati, PR

itec.pr/ITPR-Joomla/

D+

Rating

99%

Acceptance

603

Students

#2462

Ranking

$1,100

Tuition

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Dine College

#12 Most Affordable Colleges

Dine College is a small tribal public institution located in Tsaile, AZ ranked 58th in Arizona. It has a total of 1,996 full-time undergraduate students. Dine College offers 38 different majors and is best known for its Elementary Education and Teaching, Psychology, and Teacher Education and Professional Development programs (respectively ranked 8th, 9th, and 11th in Arizona). With an annual tuition of $1,320 per year, Dine College is quite affordable. 8.85% of students graduate starting the next chapter of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn around $21,000 per year, which is 49% less than the national median.

Tsaile, AZ

https://www.dinecollege.edu

D-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

1,996

Students

#3092

Ranking

$1,320

Tuition

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Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College

#12 Most Affordable Colleges

Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College is a private university located in Tampa, FL. It has a total of 114 full-time undergraduate students. Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College offers 18 different majors. With an annual tuition of $1,320 per year, Faith Theological Seminary and Christian College is quite cheap.

Tampa, FL

www.ftscc.org

D-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

137

Students

-

Ranking

$1,320

Tuition

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New Mexico Junior College

#14 Most Affordable Colleges

New Mexico Junior College is a small public associates college located in Hobbs, NM ranked 28th in New Mexico. It has a total of 3,171 full-time undergraduate students. New Mexico Junior College offers 45 different majors. With an annual tuition of $1,344 for students from New Mexico and $1,536 for those from out-of-state, New Mexico Junior College is quite cheap. 16.66% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, entering the labor force. After graduation, alumni go on to earn more or less $29,200 per year, which is 30% below the national median.

Hobbs, NM

www.nmjc.edu

D

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,171

Students

#2708

Ranking

$1,536

Tuition

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Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

#15 Most Affordable Colleges

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College is a very small tribal public institution located in Mount Pleasant, MI with a student to faculty ratio of 6 to 1. It has a total of 184 full-time undergraduate students. Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College offers 3 different majors. With an annual tuition of $1,560 per year, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College is very cheap.

Mount Pleasant, MI

www.sagchip.edu

D-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

184

Students

-

Ranking

$1,560

Tuition

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Texarkana College

#15 Most Affordable Colleges

Texarkana College is a small public associates college located in Texarkana, TX with a student to faculty ratio of 20 to 1. It has a total of 5,615 full-time undergraduate students. Texarkana College offers 58 different majors. With an annual tuition of $1,440 for in-state students and $1,560 for those from out-of-state, Texarkana College is very low-priced. 12.41% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to draw close to $27,700 per year, which is 33% below the national median.

Texarkana, TX

https://www.texarkanacollege.edu

D-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

5,615

Students

#2943

Ranking

$1,560

Tuition

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Fort Peck Community College

#17 Most Affordable Colleges

Fort Peck Community College is a very small tribal public institution located in Poplar, MT with a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. It has a total of 523 full-time undergraduate students. Fort Peck Community College offers 23 different majors. With an annual tuition of $1,680 per year, Fort Peck Community College is quite inexpensive. After college, alumni go on to generate close to $16,500 per year, which is 60% less than the national median.

Poplar, MT

www.fpcc.edu

D-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

523

Students

-

Ranking

$1,680

Tuition

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Allen County Community College

#17 Most Affordable Colleges

Allen County Community College is a small public associates college located in Iola, KS ranked 52nd in Kansas. It has a total of 3,967 full-time undergraduate students. Allen County Community College offers 81 different majors. With an annual tuition of $1,680 per year, Allen County Community College is very affordable. 13.1% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to make approximately $32,200 per year, which is 22% below the national median.

Iola, KS

www.allencc.edu

D-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,967

Students

#2868

Ranking

$1,680

Tuition

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Dodge City Community College

#19 Most Affordable Colleges

Dodge City Community College is a small public associates college located in Dodge City, KS ranked 37th in Kansas. It has a total of 2,176 full-time undergraduate students. Dodge City Community College offers 87 different majors. With an annual tuition of $1,410 for students from Kansas and $1,710 for those from out-of-state, Dodge City Community College is very low-priced. 16.98% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to take in close to $34,000 per year, which is 18% under the national median.

Dodge City, KS

https://dc3.edu

C-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

2,176

Students

#1959

Ranking

$1,710

Tuition

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Aaniiih Nakoda College

#20 Most Affordable Colleges

Aaniiih Nakoda College is a very small tribal public college located in Harlem, MT with a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. It has a total of 265 full-time undergraduate students. Aaniiih Nakoda College offers 18 different majors. With an annual tuition of $1,740 per year, Aaniiih Nakoda College is very affordable. 25.42% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn close to $20,300 per year, which is 51% under the national median.

Harlem, MT

www.ancollege.edu

F

Rating

100%

Acceptance

265

Students

-

Ranking

$1,740

Tuition

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Turtle Mountain Community College

#21 Most Affordable Colleges

Turtle Mountain Community College is a very small tribal private institution located in Belcourt, ND ranked 14th in North Dakota. It has a total of 826 full-time undergraduate students. Turtle Mountain Community College offers 35 different majors and is best known for its Science Teacher Education program, which is ranked 16th in the United States. With an annual tuition of $1,776 per year, Turtle Mountain Community College is quite inexpensive. 18.93% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the workforce. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn close to $23,200 per year, which is 44% below the national median.

Belcourt, ND

www.tm.edu

D

Rating

100%

Acceptance

826

Students

#2724

Ranking

$1,776

Tuition

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Stone Child College

#22 Most Affordable Colleges

Stone Child College is a very small tribal public college located in Box Elder, MT with a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. It has a total of 1,010 full-time undergraduate students. Stone Child College offers 32 different majors. With an annual tuition of $1,820 per year, Stone Child College is very low-priced. 19.41% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to make near $16,100 per year, which is 61% under the national median.

Box Elder, MT

www.stonechild.edu

F

Rating

100%

Acceptance

1,010

Students

-

Ranking

$1,820

Tuition

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Fort Scott Community College

#23 Most Affordable Colleges

Fort Scott Community College is a small public associates college located in Fort Scott, KS ranked 55th in Kansas. It has a total of 2,610 full-time undergraduate students. Fort Scott Community College offers 41 different majors. With an annual tuition of $1,860 per year, Fort Scott Community College is quite affordable. 3.39% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to earn more or less $31,800 per year, which is 23% less than the national median.

Fort Scott, KS

www.fortscott.edu

D-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

2,610

Students

#3126

Ranking

$1,860

Tuition

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Chief Dull Knife College

#24 Most Affordable Colleges

Chief Dull Knife College is a very small tribal public college located in Lame Deer, MT with a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. It has a total of 416 full-time undergraduate students. Chief Dull Knife College offers 5 different majors. With an annual tuition of $1,960 per year, Chief Dull Knife College is quite inexpensive. 17.33% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, employment. After graduation, alumni go on to take in close to $17,600 per year, which is 58% less than the national median.

Lame Deer, MT

cdkc.edu

D-

Rating

100%

Acceptance

416

Students

-

Ranking

$1,960

Tuition

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Broward College

#25 Most Affordable Colleges

Broward College is a very large public associates college located in Fort Lauderdale, FL with a student to faculty ratio of 31 to 1. It has a total of 59,756 full-time undergraduate students. Broward College offers 132 different majors and is best known for its Mathematics Teacher Education, Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management, and Information Technology Administration and Management programs (respectively ranked 3rd, 7th, and 10th in Florida). With an annual tuition of $1,968 per year, Broward College is quite inexpensive. 21.2% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, joining the labor force. After college, alumni go on to generate around $34,900 per year, which is 16% below the national median.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

www.broward.edu

D+

Rating

100%

Acceptance

59,756

Students

#2299

Ranking

$1,968

Tuition