Most Affordable Colleges for Illinois Residents for 2019

State of Illinois
Middle Class Affordability Rankings™
Which colleges are most affordable for Illinois residents? The answer may surprise you.

These rankings of the most affordable colleges for Illinois residents are based on the estimated net price for a "typical" middle class family living in the state of Illinois.

Note: Net price is the actual cost of the school paid by the student and family, after factoring in merit and grant aid from the college federal programs and work study. The net prices displayed in these rankings are College Raptor's estimates.
"Typical" Middle Class Family
Used in the net price estimates shown below
Number in Family
4
Number In College
1
Total Income
$80,000
Total Assets
$50,000


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Rank College Name Typical Net Price Sticker Price % Savings # Undergrads Est. Median SAT Acceptance Rate
1 Blackburn College $14,600 Image $32,300 55% 554 1,045 59.53%
2 Eastern Illinois University $15,500 Image $24,100 36% 5,568 1,045 51.51%
2 University of Illinois at Springfield $15,500 Image $24,700 37% 2,932 1,157 52.41%
4 Lincoln College $16,900 Image $40,000 58% 1,121 890 57.22%
5 Eureka College $17,000 Image $45,000 62% 614 1,085 62%
6 Northwestern University $17,600 Image $75,500 77% 8,700 1,499 9.24%
7 University of Chicago $18,000 Image $74,400 76% 6,310 1,514 8.73%
8 Quincy University $18,100 Image $40,300 55% 989 1,085 67.32%
9 Lincoln Christian University $18,300 Image $26,500 31% 466 1,040 62.13%
10 University of Illinois at Chicago $19,100 Image $29,800 36% 19,448 1,154 77.08%
11 Aurora University $19,300 Image $37,900 49% 3,933 1,065 87.32%
12 MacMurray College $19,900 Image $41,700 52% 521 1,040 59.71%
13 Greenville University $20,300 Image $34,100 41% 985 1,070 66.2%
13 Olivet Nazarene University $20,300 Image $46,200 56% 3,371 1,144 66.17%
15 Concordia University-Chicago $20,900 Image $45,300 54% 1,458 1,105 74.72%
15 North Park University $20,900 Image $42,700 51% 2,029 1,095 53.73%
17 Knox College $21,100 Image $57,500 63% 1,356 1,330 71.62%
18 Illinois College $21,500 Image $44,600 52% 959 1,095 54.87%
18 University of St Francis $21,500 Image $46,300 54% 1,599 1,130 51.67%
20 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale $21,800 Image $28,200 23% 10,987 1,149 76.01%
21 Millikin University $22,100 Image $95,200 77% 1,950 1,128 64.59%
21 Monmouth College $22,100 Image $49,600 55% 1,033 1,115 67.05%
23 Lake Forest College $22,200 Image $60,700 63% 1,508 1,214 52.99%
24 Illinois State University $22,300 Image $29,300 24% 18,330 1,165 89.13%
25 Augustana College $22,600 Image $54,900 59% 2,647 1,230 58.96%
26 Rockford University $22,700 Image $41,900 46% 1,062 1,065 46.56%
27 Western Illinois University $22,900 Image $24,400 6% 7,599 1,045 59.97%
28 McKendree University $23,100 Image $42,600 46% 2,104 1,105 61.7%
29 Wheaton College $23,200 Image $45,900 50% 2,391 1,354 85%
30 Saint Xavier University $23,400 Image $50,500 54% 2,942 1,070 74.6%
31 Dominican University $23,500 Image $47,700 51% 2,171 1,125 64.98%
32 Bradley University $23,800 Image $46,700 49% 4,649 1,214 71.37%
33 Judson University $24,200 Image $43,900 45% 1,081 1,084 71.2%
34 Illinois Institute of Technology $24,300 Image $60,800 60% 2,900 1,324 54.03%
35 Chicago State University $24,600 Image $24,600 0% 2,029 955 77.87%
35 North Central College $24,600 Image $51,300 52% 2,769 1,200 54.4%
37 Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville $24,800 Image $25,900 4% 11,402 1,144 89.51%
38 Northern Illinois University $26,000 Image $28,800 10% 13,457 1,085 53.32%
39 Governors State University $26,200 Image $29,500 11% 3,326 970 65.56%
40 Northeastern Illinois University $26,800 Image $36,400 26% 7,113 920 69.39%
41 Trinity Christian College $27,400 Image $43,900 38% 1,107 1,128 82.9%
42 Roosevelt University $28,400 Image $48,100 41% 2,578 1,125 69.51%
43 Elmhurst College $29,300 Image $51,300 43% 2,875 1,144 70.53%
44 Lewis University $29,400 Image $56,500 48% 4,506 1,165 53.83%
45 Illinois Wesleyan University $30,000 Image $62,500 52% 1,649 1,279 60.86%
46 Robert Morris University Illinois $30,200 Image $47,200 36% 2,003 N/A 66.88%
47 Columbia College Chicago $32,000 Image $45,900 30% 7,027 N/A 91.61%
48 Loyola University Chicago $34,600 Image $61,800 44% 11,420 1,259 70.59%
49 Benedictine University $35,000 Image $48,900 28% 2,884 1,100 62.17%
50 DePaul University $35,400 Image $61,100 42% 14,816 1,220 71.74%
51 Trinity International University-Illinois $37,700 Image $43,000 12% 934 1,134 75%
52 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $40,000 Image $47,700 16% 33,955 1,367 61.53%
53 School of the Art Institute of Chicago $42,600 Image $67,900 37% 2,889 1,235 69.82%
School data from 2016-2017
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