7 affordable universities in the United States for international students


Think you can't afford higher education in the United States? These are the 7 cheapest universities for international students.

If you want to get a degree in the U.S. and you've been a little scared when you found out what it might cost you, have no fear. We've done some research and found the seven best universities in the U.S. for international students where you can make your dream come true.


Before we begin: some important notes about cheap colleges in the U.S.

The following information and tuition rates refer to undergraduate degrees only, although many of these universities also offer graduate degrees. If the rates seem affordable to you, click above the name to visit the website for more information.

Just remember that there may be additional mandatory fees beyond tuition, such as annual registration fees and course material costs, and that you should consider accommodation and transportation costs when choosing where you want to study.

If you need help on how to manage your personal finances during your degree, read these 9 smart tips to get you started.

Here they are: 7 cheap U.S. colleges for international students.

Let's get you started on the road to achieving your educational goals!

1. The City University of New York

The City University of New York (also known as CUNY) is a public university system in New York City that includes 26 individual institutions, where students are taught by renowned professors. These institutions include Baruch College, Hunter College, Brooklyn College, City College of New York and others.

Committed to providing an accessible, high-quality education to New Yorkers of all backgrounds, CUNY has offered affordable tuition rates to all students since 1847.

Current initiatives include programs for adult learners, an increase in Latino faculty and innovative staff training.

Yearly tuition for international students: $17,400

Percentage of international students: unknown

Learn more: Here

2. University of the People (UoPeople)

The University of the People (UoPeople) is the world's first tuition-free, accredited, not-for-profit online university. With an innovative e-learning model and faculty from the world's leading academic institutions, UoPeople offers the opportunity to access U.S. degree programs at an affordable price and excellent quality.

The university offers associate's and bachelor's degrees in business administration, computer science, health sciences, as well as master's programs in business administration and education. Classes are taught by world-leading faculty from NYU and UC Berkeley.

Annual undergraduate tuition: The University of the People (UoPeople) offers free tuition, which means there is no charge for tuition or training. To support the ongoing operation of the university, UoPeople has an assessment fee per course completed.

Estimated total fees for advanced technician degrees are as follows: $2060.

Estimated total fees for undergraduate degrees are as follows: $4060

Percentage of international students: 54%.

3. California State University, Long Beach


Founded in 1949, California State University, Long Beach (also known as Long Beach State or "The Beach"), is the third largest campus in the California State University system, which has 23 campuses in the most populous U.S. state.

With a campus located just 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the Pacific Ocean and a 40-minute drive from Hollywood, students enjoy a variety of curricula in the sciences (chemistry, astronomy and environmental science, among others) and arts programs (theater, film, design, dance and music), along with degree options in liberal arts, education, business administration, health and human services, engineering and mathematics.

Yearly tuition for international students: $8151

Percentage of international students: 7.5%.

4. Alcorn State University in Mississippi

Alcorn University was founded in 1871 in Claiborne County, Mississippi, with the intention of providing an education to the descendants of African slaves brought to America. Today, it offers more than 50 degree programs to more than 4,000 students of diverse ethnic backgrounds.

The university also collaborates with educational institutions around the world. Among other things, it allows students to spend a semester in South America or Africa, participate in videoconferencing sessions with organizations around the world, and take action to improve the lives of people in developing countries.

Students and graduates are known as Alcornites. According to the university's website, if you are an Alcornite, you are a "person with the knowledge and character to achieve your dreams..., for your career, for your family and for your community."

Yearly tuition for international students: $6888

Percentage of international students: 2.8%.

5. Minot State University in North Dakota

Founded in 1913 in Minot, North Dakota, Minot State University guarantees a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1, making it the place to go if you want the small town feel where everyone, including the faculty, will know your name on a big city campus.

At Minot State University, you can choose from 60 undergraduate programs in fields as diverse as information systems, science, social work, education, finance and criminal justice.

International Student Annual Tuition: $6809

Percentage of international students: 12%.

6. South Texas College

Founded in 1993, South Texas College offers both degree and certificate programs. It is credited with transforming the lives and communities of Hidalgo and Starr counties, as 67% of its students are the first in their families to go to college.

Committed to creating social and economic mobility in these communities, South Texas College maintains a 22:1 student-to-faculty ratio, develops interdisciplinary learning experiences, and fosters cost-effectiveness in higher education.

Annual Tuition for International Students: $4,200

Percentage of international students: Less than 1%.

7. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in New York City

Founded in 1859, Cooper Union is known for being one of the most difficult colleges to get into because its architecture, fine arts and, especially, engineering programs are so popular.

However, Cooper Union is also committed to equal opportunity and practices what is known as "need-blind admission," meaning that the team that takes into account an applicant's merits when admitting them or not is unaware of their financial status.

Until fall 2014, all students accepted to Cooper Union received a full scholarship covering annual tuition of $43 250. Although this policy no longer applies, all students receive a 50% scholarship.

International students have to pay an additional $1005 per semester, but it is still one of the least expensive institutes of higher education in the United States.

Annual tuition for international students: US$22,635

Percentage of international students: 17.5%.

How to Choose the Best and Cheapest College in the U.S. for You

With so many inexpensive private and public colleges in the United States, deciding on one is no easy task.

Once you have narrowed down your list to the colleges you can afford, don't forget to take into account additional expenses such as living expenses, travel, course materials, etc. If the cost is too high, you may want to consider studying at a cheaper U.S. online university.

Thoroughly research the programs and career opportunities that interest you and do not hesitate to contact graduates of different programs (you can find them on LinkedIn, for example). Remember: networking in your dream industry is not just for graduates.

About UoPeople

The University of the People is the education revolution! We are the world's first not-for-profit, tuition-free, accredited, online university in the United States.

The university offers associate's and bachelor's degrees in business administration, computer science, health sciences, as well as master's programs in business administration and education. University of the People (UoPeople) online courses are accredited in the United States and instruction is in English, with the exception of new courses in Arabic. Explore our course pages to learn more!

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