The rising costs of higher education are a concern to most students and families. While the need for an education beyond high school continues to increase, so has the cost of earning that training. Fortunately, many HBCUs offer more affordable options than their counterparts. Previously, The Hundred-Seven highlighted private HBCUs that have consistently received high marks for affordability. Now, The Hundred-Seven is placing the spotlight on public HBCUs that offer students lower tuition rates than many other colleges. This list features colleges that have been ranked highly by multiple sources (including Best Value Colleges, AffordableSchools.net, Washington Monthly, HBCU Lifestyle) for providing great value, being affordable and/or providing great financial aid & scholarships. Each of these colleges has been noted for affordability or value on at least 5 different rankings.
*This is not a listing of actual tuition costs. It is highlighting HBCUs that have been recognized for affordability.*
Public colleges charge students who are residents of the state less money; some HBCUs offer reduced rates for out-of-state residents who meet certain criteria: HBCUs that offer out-of-state-tuition waivers.
Colleges are listed alphabetically.
Learn more about the most affordable PRIVATE HBCUs here
Alcorn has been ranked one of the most affordable colleges in the nation by numerous sites including College Choice and cheap-colleges.com. Its out-of-state tuition costs have garnered rave reviews from US News & World Report and BestColleges.com. The graduate programs in computer systems networking, nursing and education have also been ranked highly for affordability.
Not only was UAPB named one of the best public colleges for earning a scholarship by GoodCall, it is consistently, ranked a best value especially for its programs in biology, business and social work. Bestcolleges.com named it one of the top colleges in the nation for maintaining low out-of-state tuition rates.
Bluefield State College has been named one of the most affordable HBCUs by several organizations. Its online RN program and the business administration programs are cosidered the best values in the country. Overall, BSC was also ranked the #3 best value in the state.
Like UAPB, Central State University was also ranked by Good Call as one of the Best Public Colleges for earning a scholarship. It's out-of-state tuition rates are among the lowest in the nation and it was ranked as one of the most affordable small colleges in the nation.
Baltimore's Coppin State is not only ranked as one of the most affordable colleges in the state, but also the nation. Its nursing, biology and business administration degrees are ranked among the nation's best values by Best Value Colleges; the sports management and social work programs are also among the most affordable in the nation.
Last year, Elizabeth City State was ranked the #2 "Best Deals on Competitive Small Colleges" by Great College Deals. It has also been ranked the top "Most Affordable Small Colleges in America." Additionally, AffordableSchools.net ranked ECSU as the "Most Affordable HBCU." The bachelor's degree programs in graphic design, social work and sports management are all considered among the most affordable programs in the nation.
US News and World Report has listed Fayetteville State as one of the colleges with the cheapest in-state tuition. Its online programs are ranked among the most affordable in the nation.
In recent years, Fort Valley State has been ranked as one of the most affordable small colleges in the nation. Its business administration and biology degrees are considered best values among small colleges. Best Value Schools ranked Fort Valley's graduate programs in the Top 10 of HBCUs when it comes to affordability.
Harris-Stowe's programs in Hospitality and Business are some of the most affordable in the nation. Its in-state tuition is ranked the most affordable in the state of Missouri and its out-of-state tuition has been ranked several times as among the lowest in the country. In 2015 it was named the 20th most affordable small college in the US.
Kentucky State has the fortune of being located in one of the most affordable college towns in the country. Its social work and biology programs are ranked as "Best Values." Not only is it in the Top 25 most affordable HBCUs, it is considered on of the most affordable small colleges in the country.
Langston's Business and Master's in Education programs have been ranked as some of the most affordable in the country. BestColleges.com named Langston as one of the colleges with the lowest out-of-state tuition. Washington Montly Magazine named Langston as one of the South's "Best Bang for Your Buck."
Missouri's Lincoln University is ranked as one of the 'Most Affordable Small Colleges' and one of the "Top 25 Bachelor's Granting HBCUs." BestChoiceSchools.net named it #2 on its list of "Great Affordable Eco-Friendly Colleges."
MVSU has been named one of the most affordable colleges in Mississippi and in the United States. Its business, social work and graduate schools in education are among the most affordable programs in the nation. MVSU's is also considered one of the most affordable colleges for out-of-state students.
Southern has been recognized for its affordability for out-of-state students. It is considered one of the most affordable HBCUs that offer online programs and its law school is also highly-ranked for keeping costs low.
Cheap-Colleges has repeatedly named SUNO as one of the 2017 "Top 100 affordable schools" in the country. The business program and social work program are both considered to be some of the least expensive in the US ; the out-of-state tuition rates among the lowest.
The cost of living in Winston-Salem is low-its considered one of the most affordable college towns. WSSU is also one of the most affordable colleges. The sports management, independent studies and social work programs have been named "Most Affordable."
Published: November 2017