College Costs in Illinois

The 2024 Directory of Illinois Colleges and Prices

Illinois Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2024

How much does it cost to attend college in Illinois?   The average annual in-state college tuition in Illinois was $19,293 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is $4,163 higher than the U.S. average and ranks Illinois amongst the costliest as the 10th most expensive state or district to attend college. This is a change of -$125 from the 2019-2020 average of $19,418 and represents a -0.64% annual decline in tuition costs. The list of Illinois colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

This analysis surveyed tuition data from the 127 colleges and universities in Illinois, the most popular being University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with 46,600 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $12,254. Northwestern University is the most expensive in Illinois with an in-state tuition of $60,276.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2020-2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.


127 results

University of Chicago
C
Chicago, IL

University of Chicago

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

$59,256 Tuition

#6 Best Colleges in America

  • 18,832enrollment
  • $36,584net price
  • 6%acceptance rate
  • 1510-1580SAT range
  • 33-35ACT range
  • 3.95Estimated Avg GPA

Northwestern University
N
Evanston, IL

Northwestern University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

$60,276 Tuition

#13 Best Colleges in America

  • 23,409enrollment
  • $28,344net price
  • 7%acceptance rate
  • 1470-1570SAT range
  • 34-35ACT range
  • 3.92Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 1

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
I
Champaign, IL

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

$12,254 Tuition

#16 Best Public Universities in America

  • 56,607enrollment
  • $13,517net price
  • 60%acceptance rate
  • 1320-1510SAT range
  • 29-34ACT range
  • 3.79Estimated Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 5

University of Illinois at Chicago
I
Chicago, IL

University of Illinois at Chicago

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

$10,776 Tuition

#2 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 34,199enrollment
  • $12,614net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1310SAT range
  • 23-31ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Loyola University Chicago
L
Chicago, IL

Loyola University Chicago

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

$46,410 Tuition

#6 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 17,498enrollment
  • $37,731net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1360SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA

DePaul University
D
Chicago, IL

DePaul University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

$41,361 Tuition

 

  • 21,670enrollment
  • $33,319net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA

Applications Due Feb 1

Illinois State University
I
Normal, IL

Illinois State University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

$11,524 Tuition

#7 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 20,233enrollment
  • $20,933net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1200SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Apr 1

Northern Illinois University
N
Dekalb, IL

Northern Illinois University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

$9,606 Tuition

#5 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 16,234enrollment
  • $14,397net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 940-1170SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Wheaton College
W
Wheaton, IL

Wheaton College

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

$40,570 Tuition

#3 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 3,047enrollment
  • $27,474net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1430SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
S
Carbondale, IL

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

$9,638 Tuition

#4 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 11,266enrollment
  • $15,638net price
  • 95%acceptance rate
  • 930-1160SAT range
  • 20-28ACT range
  • 3.24Avg GPA

Bradley University
B
Peoria, IL

Bradley University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

$35,940 Tuition

#7 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 5,588enrollment
  • $25,850net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1280SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.83Avg GPA

College of DuPage
D
Glen Ellyn, IL

College of DuPage

Public 2 Year

0 reviews

$8,850 Tuition

 

  • 20,849enrollment
  • $7,036net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • NAAvg GPA

Chicago State University
C
Chicago, IL

Chicago State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

$7,488 Tuition

#11 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 2,366enrollment
  • $8,637net price
  • 47%acceptance rate
  • 750-963SAT range
  • 15-19ACT range
  • 3.18Avg GPA

Northeastern Illinois University
N
Chicago, IL

Northeastern Illinois University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

$10,091 Tuition

#9 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 6,440enrollment
  • $14,831net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 810-1010SAT range
  • 15-21ACT range
  • 3.1Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 15

Columbia College Chicago
C
Chicago, IL

Columbia College Chicago

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

$26,610 Tuition

 

  • 6,736enrollment
  • $28,568net price
  • 96%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Illinois Institute of Technology
I
Chicago, IL

Illinois Institute of Technology

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

$48,670 Tuition

#5 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 6,486enrollment
  • $28,161net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1410SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.84Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Lewis University
L
Romeoville, IL
 

Lewis University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$35,262 Tuition

#12 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 6,183enrollment
  • $20,022net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1240SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA

Aurora University
A
Aurora, IL

Aurora University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

$26,400 Tuition

#30 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 6,165enrollment
  • $17,563net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 960-1130SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.56Avg GPA