10 Most Affordable/Tuition Free Universities in USA

In this post, we have made a list of 10 most affordable and Tuition Free Universities in USA you can explore if you are thinking to study in the United States. We receive a number of messages from our users relating their experiences and how hard it is to afford their education or that of their children and wards. One of such messages coming from one of our users; Sharon (real name withheld) from Lagos – Nigeria was actually heart-breaking!

I was truly moved by Sharon’s mail as well as that of others who had shared their fears and how expensive it is for their kids or them to get a good education outside their home country, knowing how super-difficult it is to come by a cheap degree program nowadays, particularly in the United States.

We decided to do our research and put together this list of 10 tuition-free schools in the United States among which are some cheap but not entirely free schools (US Free and Cheap Tuition Universities).

Our hope is that we can make it possible for any student if not every student, to get an education outside their country if they want to, either with a significant reduction in fees or zero fees.

Let’s jump right in –

List of Most Affordable/Tuition Free Universities in USA

Study Abroad: US Free and Cheap Tuition Universities

      1.      BEREA COLLEGE

Zero tuition, no kidding! This is one of the America’s top colleges that makes a no-tuition promise to all enrolled students which also comes packaged with a promise of scholarship, making it very possible for you to graduate debt-free.

This has in no way reduced the standard of Berea. Berea College offers 49 major programs for the degree-granting certificate program for each academic year. So, BEREA COLLEGE  is one of such schools you can’t skip when talking about Cheap Tuition Universities in the United States.


Admission to Berea College is academically competitive. with a limited number of spaces in each year’s entering class, students who have strong academic potential and financial difficulty are usually accepted. here are some of the requirements;

  • ACT (or SAT equivalent) score between 20 and 30 with a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Participation in community service, leadership qualities.
  • Four (4) units of English (including composition, rhetoric, and literature)three (3) units of mathematics (at least algebra i, algebra ii, and geometry)two (2) units of laboratory science two (2) units of social science/history (including world history)two (2) units of a foreign language.
  • High school transcripts and official score reports are required.



That second-largest institution for higher education in Washington State, founded in 1890, WSU is a public research university in Pullman, Washington. WSU has taken advantage of the academic technologies to bring their courses to life in an online format; their faculty includes world-renowned researchers and industry experts dedicated to teaching.


Okay, you know how that bugging question keeps coming up in your mind “will i get accepted”? Well, with 77% acceptance rate you probably might. Admission application must include the following;

  • Transcripts
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Certificate of finances
  • Identity verification (passport or national id)

       3.      ALICE IIOYD COLLEGE

TUITION FEE: $12,230

This private non-profit college established in 1923, has an administrative selection, acceptance rate of 8%.Alice Iloyd College’s ranking in the 2020 edition of best colleges is regional colleges south, #21. 

We couldn’t find any data on Alice lloyd college online degrees. This means either the school doesn’t offer any online degrees, or the information is not available.


Alice Iloyd College has the average entry requirements with a few personalized once;

  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including sat and act requirements
  • Application requirements


TUITION FEE:  $2,525

With a small student body of about 175, Curtis institution of music educates has trained exceptional, gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry.

Talent and artistic promise are the only consideration for admission at Curtis Institution of Music.


We will only focus on a few critical requirements here:

  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including sat and act requirements
  • Application requirements 


TUITION FEE(s): Varies as (below)

  • New yoke state residents/ full time four years college $6,930 per year
  • full-time community college $4,800per year
  • out of state residents/ full time four years college $18,600 per year.

Plus you could always apply for financial aid or scholarship.

Providing quality, accessible education regardless of background or means has been Cuny’s mission since 1847. one of the main missions of Cuny is to make a great education accessible and affordable.

A Cuny education actually cost a fraction of what you will have to pay at private institution


  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including sat and act requirements
  • Application requirements


TUITION $7,084

Alcorn State University – historically black, public university in Lorman, Mississippi; Established in 1871 it was the first black land grant in the United States. Basically, Alcon has been a home for the black student community over the years.

If you are looking into studying any of these courses, education, medicine, law, business, and becoming a professional athlete, then this is the right fit.


  • Provide information for all required fields
  • Accurate email address
  • Social security number 
  • Then click the submit application link


TUITION: $7,288

Minot State University currently is ranked as the 32 regional universities in top public school. Minot online/ distance learning is not among the online university that began due to the COVID-19; they already had a strong online/distance learning presence before COVID-19. They have been online for more than 22years and the online is also affordable just like the onsite.


Prospective international freshmen and transfer international students may apply online at www.minotstateu.edu . Once the online application is submitted, the following supporting documentation must also be submitted by the appropriate deadline:

  • Application for form i-20
  • Certification of financial responsibility 
  • Official entrance exam score
  • Official records demonstrating prior academic achievement
  • International transfer student form (if applicable)
  • A $35 non-refundable application fee
  • Biographic page of the passport
  • Supporting financial documents

      8.      WEBB INSTITUTE

TUITION; $50,175

Webb Institution isn’t your typical engineering college, all students are granted a full scholarship but for citizens and permanent residents only, the rest of “you” have to pay, but then again Webb institution is far cheaper than most private schools.

We could not find any information on the Webb institute online/ distance learning course. This could either mean that the school does not offer an online degree, or that information hasn’t been made available.


The average GPA formally recognized by Webb Institute is 3.15. Webb Institute does not require GPA. Nevertheless, be mindful that schools in the bid to increase their prestige are currently increasing their other requirements since we are no mind readers, it will be safe to gun for a 3.31 GPA.


TUITION $52,844

This is a private institution in a semester-based academic, calendar, established in 1917, located forty miles from Bishop, California, it’s situated on an isolated cattle ranch in deep Spring Valley.

Each admitted student receives a full scholarship, which covers the cost of accommodation, tuition, and board. worthy of note is that deep spring isn’t the end game for most student, they transfer to a four years institution to finish their BA, or BS, usually after completion the deep spring two years program.


The regular admissions application deadline for Olin College is usually January 1. Olin College admissions are very selective with an acceptance rate of 16%. Students that get into Olin College have an average SAT score between 1460 and 1550 or an average ACT score of 34-35.


TUITION: Varies thus;

  • Californian Residents $6,768
  • Out of state residents $18,648

The California State University or Cal is a public university located in California like the name implies in long beach, being the largest four-year public university system in the US with 23 campuses.


Entry requirements are specific to departments and programmes. Application date and deadlines (note that these may change) ranges between;

  • Winter: June 1 – June 30
  • Spring: August 1 – August 31
  • Fall: October 1 – November 30

Online/ Distance Learning;

A California State University online degree, curriculum, and professor are exactly the same, degree, curriculum, and professor you will receive if you attended the onsite program on campus. So by studying online you truly are not missing out on anything.

Well… we must say the list here is not comprehensive enough but that is a handful of free and cheap tuition universities in USA you can give a shot.

Also Check: 10 Universities in Germany to Study on Free Tuition for International Students

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