You might think that going to a private college will cost you and arm and a leg, and in many cases you’d be right, but there are private colleges and public colleges out there that will not cost you much in the way of cash (or appendages) with affordable tuition.
Here is our list of 10 private colleges in the United States with some of the lowest costs of attendance in 2014, but not quite equipped with free tuition, based on the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education.
Colorado Technical University offers degree programs in business, criminal justice, engineering, computer science, health sciences, and information systems. Its 1,000 students enjoy a student-to-faculty-ratio of 18:1.
Keiser University offers degree programs in business, criminal justice, nursing and other fields at the Fort Lauderdale campus through a class schedule where each student only takes one class a time over four weeks. Additionally, students enjoy a student-to-faculty of 20:1.
The Jacksonville campus offers bachelor’s degree programs in accounting, business, criminal justice and medical and insurance billing and coding. Its nearly 1,300 students have access to a plethora of entertainment, parks, beaches and other attractions in Florida’s largest city.
The Ellsworth campus has over 300 students pursuing undergraduate degrees in accounting, information technology, nursing and other fields. Many students are on active duty in the military while others are military family members and local residents. National American University offers classes year-round so that students can complete their degree programs at a faster pace, if desired, than at traditional colleges. The university also allows students to take courses in their selected major within their first year at the university so that you can be sure you’ve chosen a field you’re interested sooner than at most colleges where you don’t get into core courses for a major until your junior year.
5. Jamestown Business College â€“ Jamestown, New York
Jamestown Business College doesn’t forget about its graduates either, offering them lifetime career placement services through its Career Development department. The college’s student-to-faculty ratio is 32 to 1 and it has about 330 undergraduate students.
Students at Jamestown Business College will spend an average of about $11,200 per year for tuition, room and board, books and other expenses after taking financial aid into account.
6. Family of Faith College â€“ Shawnee, Oklahoma
Students at Family of Faith College pay an average of only $4,300 per year for tuition, room and board, books and other fees after applying financial aid.
7. Allegheny Wesleyan College â€“ Salem, Ohio
With a student body of 60 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1, Allegheny Wesleyan College offers a cozy, wholesome atmosphere for its students on its 7-building, 40-acre campus.
After the average financial aid package is factored in, Allegheny Wesleyan College students only pay an average of $3,700 per year to cover tuition, room and board, books and other fees.
8. Our Lady of Holy Cross College â€“ New Orleans, Louisiana
After tuition, room and board, fees and other expenses minus all financial aid, Our Lady of Holy Cross students can expect to pay an average of under $3,000 per year.
9. Southeastern Baptist College â€“ Laurel, Mississippi
With a total enrollment of about 80, students at Southeastern Baptist College will enjoy an environment free of the distractions present at many larger colleges in urban environments. Additionally, the college’s focus is to provide a quality education in a family-like, Christian environment.
Students at Southeastern Baptist College pay an average of a little more than $2,600 per year to cover tuition, books, room and board, and other fees after considering all financial aid provided.
10. Turtle Mountain Community College â€“ Belcourt, North Dakota
Turtle Mountain’s more than 650 full-time students enjoy a 123-acre campus overlooking Belcourt Lake and a 19 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. After all grants and scholarships are factored in, Turtle Mountain students can expect to pay an average of just over $2,000 per year to cover tuition, room and board, books and all other fees, making it the least expensive private college around.