Most Affordable Private Colleges

Consider one of these seven private schools in order to avoid breaking the bank to pay for your education.

By Sydney Nikols | April 21, 2014

Private schools are not always more expensive than their public counterparts.
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Going to a private school has a lot of benefits, but jaw-dropping sticker prices aren’t one of them. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that, on average, students pay $33,716 per year to attend a private four year college. Not every private college is frighteningly expensive, though – in fact, these seven schools offer a huge (and cheap!) exception to the rule with reasonable annual tuition costs.


1. Berea College

Annual Tuition and Fees: $1,070

Even if you were dead-set on a public school, we wouldn’t blame you for considering a private college after seeing these numbers.

Though Berea College was founded by Protestants, it maintains a nondenominational christian traditions. Students receive free tuition in exchange for working on campus 10 to 15 hours a week. Sounds like a pretty solid deal to us.

2. Brigham Young University

Annual Tuition and Fees: $4,850

Attending Brigham Young University, which is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and ranked 62nd on U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best National Universities, can cost you even less than $4,850 if you happen to be Mormon, in which case the price of your tuition basically gets sliced in half.

3. Rust College

Annual Tuition and Fees: $8,900

This inexpensive, historically black college has a tiny population (only 934 undergrads!) and is located in rural Holly Springs, MS. Most Rust College students major in business and science, and upwards of 60 percent of all students also happen to be female. Way to be money-wise, ladies!

Rust College was founded in 1866 by Northern missionaries.

4. Lane College

Annual Tuition and Fees: $9,180

Jackson, TN-based Lane College proudly states that it gives educational opportunities to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it, and the proof is in the pudding, so to speak; not only is tuition cheap, but 96.9 percent of full-time undergrads receive need-based aid.

5. Life University

Annual Tuition and Fees: $9,747

Life University in Marietta, GA, aims to give students the skills they need in order to become working professionals in areas like nutrition, health coaching and dietetics. They’re certainly giving their students a leg-up in the professional world by helping them avoid debt – tuition is super cheap and 81.3 percent of undergrads receive need-based financial aid.

6. Tougaloo College

Annual 'Tuition and Fees:' $10,210

Tougaloo College, located in Jackson, MS, has a small historically black population that’s mostly made up of females. The school is committed to giving educational opportunities to people who come from tough economic backgrounds, and they’re doing a great job by our standards – they give a full 89.7 percent of students some sort of need-based financial aid.

7. Park University

Annual Tuition and Fees: $10,600

Park University, located in suburban Parkville, MO, has an impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1 and ensures that 80 percent of classes have less than 20 students enrolled. On top of that, more than half of the students receive need-based financial aid. We’d be willing to move to Missouri for that package…

Park University's sports teams are collectively known as the Pirates-which makes sense considering that this school is a steal.

Even if you were dead-set on a public school, we wouldn’t blame you for considering a private college after seeing these numbers (they don’t lie, after all…).

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