What Are the Most Affordable Historically Black Colleges and Universities?

A recent study on tuition costs and fees using data from the National Center for Education Statistics has found that HBCUs are typically more affordable than non-HBCUs. Annual tuition and fees at one of the more expensive HBCUs – Spelman College – are $28,181. Yet, this is still below the national average for a four-year private college, which stands at $32,410.

The following is a list of the five most affordable public HBCUs according to the study.

  • Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, North Carolina (In-state: $4,986, Out-of-state: $18,130)
  • Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina (In-state: $5,183, Out-of-state: $16,791)
  • University of the Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands (In-state: $5,235, Out-of-state: $14,496)
  • Harris-Stowe State University: St. Louis, Missouri (In-state: $5,340, Out-of-state: $9,973)
  • Albany State University, Albany, Georgia (In-state: $5,675, Out-of-state: $16,136)

The following is a list of the five most affordable private HBCUs according to the study.

  • Simmons College of Kentucky, Louisville, Kentucky ($5,310)
  • Selma University, Selma, Alabama ($7,115)
  • Clinton College, Rock Hill, South Carolina ($7,949)
  • Southwestern Christian College, Terrell, Texas ($8,136)
  • Paul Quinn College, Dallas, Texas ($8,495)

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  1. With the exception of Paul Quinn, the other schools on this list have not often appeared on the list of HBCUs. I know, too, that Southwest Christian is a two-year school. Are others on this list also two year schools?

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