Cheap Universities in the United States in 2021

The United States remains one of the most popular destinations for students. In fact, according to the Migration Policy Institute, around 1.1 million internationals were enrolled at American universities and colleges in the 2019-2020 academic year.

However, the US isn’t exactly cheap. Actually, student debt is at an all-time high and tuition at top institutions easily exceeds 50,000 or even 70,000 USD per year. So, should you just give up on your dream to study here?

Definitely not! There are various American universities that offer affordable — or even free — study programmes to international students. We’ve created two lists below with some of the cheapest Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees we could find in the US.

Before going through our lists, keep in mind a few things:

  • We’ve created these lists based on the programmes and higher education institutions listed on Mastersportal and Bachelorsportal. This means the lists don’t feature every single university. You might be able to find other affordable degrees or universities in America.
  • To discover an even larger number of academic courses, you can visit the official website of your favourite university.

Cheap universities in America offering Bachelor’s degrees

Find cheap Bachelors in the US

Cheap universities in America offering Master’s degrees

Find cheap Masters in the US

Scholarships for international students in the US

The US government doesn’t provide any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to international students. But many other institutions do! These include:

  • public or private universities
  • businesses
  • private foundations
  • NGOs and non-profits

Although the government doesn’t give away scholarships, it provides a useful online tool to search for scholarships. You can also use the Education USA website to find other forms of financial aid.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to apply for our Studyportals Scholarship: International Distinction Awards.

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