These are the 10 most affordable HBCUs in the U.S. Study by Student Loan Hero details schools with the lowest tuition fees
Choosing a college based on what one can afford, instead of a college that one would love to attend, is the harsh reality for many students in America.
In 2017, a report revealed that low-income students could not afford 95 percent of colleges because of soaring tuition costs and fees. Four years before that, with the price of education already skyrocketing, a change in policy created stricter guidelines for federal school loans, causing an uptick in loan denials and historically black college and university (HBCU) dropouts. Now, HBCUs are looking to do their part in helping students get into their respective colleges and stay there.
A new study released by Student Loan Hero is offering a little hope to students troubled by tuition and extra fees. Of the top five private HBCUs with the lowest tuition costs, Simmons College of Kentucky, in Louisville, topped the list.
The top five most affordable private colleges
1. Simmons College, Louisville, Kentucky
Tuition and fees per year: $5,310
2. Selma University, Selma, Alabama
Tuition and fees per year: $7,115
3. Clinton College, Rock Hill, South Carolina
Tuition and fees per year: $7,949
4. Southwestern Christian College, Terrell, Texas
Tuition and fees per year: $8,136
5. Paul Quinn College, Dallas
Tuition and fees per year: $8,495
The top five most affordable public schools
1. Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, North Carolina
In-state tuition and fees: $4,986 … Out-of-state tuition and fees: $18,130
2. Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina
In-state tuition and fees: $5,183 … Out-of-state tuition and fees: $16,791
3. University of the Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands
In-state tuition and fees: $5,235 … Out-of-state tuition and fees: $14,496
4. Harris-Stowe State University, St. Louis
In-state tuition and fees: $5,340 … Out-of-state tuition and fees: $9,973
5. Albany State University, Albany, Georgia
In-state tuition and fees: $5,675 … Out-of-state tuition and fees: $16,136
The article also offers tips on how to explore financial aid options and a list of top student loan lenders this school year. Here is the full list of HBCUs and their tuition fees.