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Top 10 Cheapest Federal Universities in Nigeria (2021)

Knowledge of the cheapest federal universities in Nigeria is essential to help admission seekers prepare for their transition into higher institutes of education.

There is usually a price to pay for education, but what happens if the education doesn’t come cheap? How will the masses have access to premium education?

Nobody wants to buy a coat they are unable to pay for, and no student wants to apply to a university that they can’t afford tuition for, and in finding the right balance between quality and affordability, most universities have reviewed their tuition to be more accessible to the average university aspirant. In this article, I listed the most affordable Nigerian federal universities.

Cheapest Federal Universities In Nigeria

1. University of Ibadan

It is one of the best higher-level institutions in Africa and the cheapest university in Nigeria with a tuition scale that will wow you.

The students in the faculty of Medicine and Surgery pay between 70,000, and 116,000 Naira per session.

Students in the faculty of Agriculture pay between 17,650, and 26,000 Naira per academic year, while students in the faculty of Social Sciences pay between 20,700, and 26,000 Naira per session.

While the faculties of Arts, Education, Engineering, and Life Sciences pay between 17,650 and 37,000 Naira per academic year.

2. University of Lagos (UNILAG)

For incredibly cheap tuition, students get state-of-the-art facilities, competent staff, and a conducive learning environment.

Students in non-science faculties usually pay between 14,500, and 56,500 Naira respectively.

While the tuition for students in the sciences, and languages departments ranges from 19,500 to 66,000.

The low tuition of the university is due to the fact that it is a federal government-owned institution, with regular tuition reviews to make it even more affordable.

Unilag also has postgraduate courses with tuition between 70,000, and 450,000 respectively.

3. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)

If you’re looking for a university, with a plethora of courses, rich cultural heritage, and low tuition, then FUNAAB is a perfect choice.

The university which is located in Abeokuta, Ogun state is the third cheapest university in Nigeria with a tuition scale that ranges from 62,750, and 72,750 for new students in the faculty of Science.

While it is 18,250, 20,250, and 30,250 Naira per year for returning students in the faculties of plant sciences, animal sciences, and veterinary science.

The university also has cheap on-campus housing for all students within the range of 17,000 and 36,000 Naira.

4. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

It is the second oldest higher institution in Western Nigeria and the fourth cheapest federal university in Nigeria.

Returning students in the faculties of Social Sciences, Agricultural Sciences/Education, Health Sciences, and Administration will pay 19,700, N27,700, 30,700, and 55, 300 Naira per academic year respectively.

New students, or “freshers” as they are popularly called, in the faculties of Social Sciences, Agricultural Sciences/Education, Health Sciences, and Administration pay 43,700, 54,700, 57,700, and 63,300 Naira per academic session respectively.

The on-campus housing is cheap and saves students the stress encountered during transportation. The accommodation fees for returning students is 2,590, while freshers pay 3,090 Naira.

5. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

The University offers superior educational activities and an optimum learning environment for astonishingly affordable tuition fees.

The fees paid by new students is between 25,500, and 45, 000 Naira while returning students usually pay between 14,500, and 40,000 per session, making the university one of the cheapest in Nigeria.

The tuition for Post Graduate Diploma students is 150,000 naira, while Masters students pay between 200,000, and 250,000 Naira per session.

6. University of Benin

The tuition for fresh students in the faculty of Sciences is 73,500, while students in non-Science faculties pay 70,000 Naira for the first session.

Returning students in the faculties of Education, Arts, Social Sciences, and Geography, pay tuition of 12,400 Naira, while students in the remaining faculties pay 14,400 Naira per session.

7. Bayero University, Kano

The tuition for fresh students is 33,500 naira for the faculties of Arts, between 41,500 and 42,500 for faculties of Health Sciences, 36,500 naira per academic year for the faculties of Science & Technical Education, and Engineering.

Returning students pay 30,500, 33,500, and 40,500 Naira respectively per session for the faculties of Arts, faculties of Science & Technical Education, Engineering, and faculties of Health Sciences.

Non-Nigerian students pay tuition between the range of 100,000 and 600,000 Naira per session.

8. University of Calabar

The tuition for fresh Science students at the University of Calabar is 35,250 naira, 34,250 Naira for Non-Science students, and 42,750 Naira for MBBS and Health Sciences students.

Returning Science students usually pay tuition between 31,500, and 34,750 Naira,

Non-Science students pay fees between 30,500 and 33,750, while

MBBS and Health Sciences students pay between 39,000 and 42,250 Naira per session.

9. National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

NOUN is the first university to have a campus in each geo-political zone in Nigeria, and also offer virtual classes. It is a cheap university when you compare it with other institutions offering a flexible learning environment.

New students usually pay 36,000, while returning students pay 18,000 Naira per session and 35,000 Naira per academic year for Postgraduates students.

There are project fee charges of 15,000 for undergraduates, 25,000 for Postgraduates, and 40,000 Naira for Masters’s students per session.

10. University of Abuja

The University of Abuja is one of the most affordable federal universities in Nigeria that is located in the capital city.

Tuition for new students in the faculty of Arts and Education is between the range of 45,300 and 47,300 Naira, between 49,300 and 52,300 Naira per academic year for Science faculties.

Returning students usually pay between 26,800 and 31,000 Naira per session, while the tuition for non-Nigerian students is between 8,240 and 10,240 dollars per session.

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