Top 10 Most Affordable Universities In Nigeria

A wise person once said, “if education is expensive, try ignorance,” because, along the line, ignorance usually comes at a far greater cost than education. Education used to be for only the elite and privileged in society but nowadays, education is often viewed as one of the fundamental rights of any individual so much so that the first few stages of education have been made free in some parts of Nigeria.

The university degree is however still viewed as a feather on a cap and thus, a luxury but the government of Nigeria has helped bring the cost of getting a university degree down to the level that every average Nigerian can afford.

Here are the top 10 cheapest universities in Nigeria.


1. University of Benin, Benin city

Since its establishment in 1970, Uniben has built a strong reputation for itself in the academic space. The social-educational atmosphere of the prestigious institution can easily be compared to that of the University of Lagos.

Uniben ranks first amongst the most affordable universities in Nigeria with a school fee range of 13,000 naira to 49,000 naira depending on the student’s course of study.

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2. University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos

Unilag could rightly pin their school fees at the high end due to the quality, opportunities, and networking that they afford their students but interestingly, their school fees are pinned at the low end, so much so that they’re ranked amongst the most affordable Institutions in Nigeria. Depending on the course, the school fees range from as low as 14,500 naira to as high as 65,000 naira.

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3. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

FUNAAB is one of the 3 Universities of Agriculture in Nigeria and is arguably the best and most sort after. The institution boasts of elite infrastructure and low tuition fees ranging from as low as 18,250 naira to as high as 32,000 naira depending on the course of study.

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4. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

OAU is rightly among one of the most highly rated Universities in Nigeria due to the dense quality of successful alumni that the prestigious Institution has yielded over the years. The University boasts top-tier academic standards and very affordable tuition fees ranging from 19,500 naira to 30,000 naira for most of the courses offered by the University while a few courses pay as high as 65,000 naira for tuition fees.

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5. University of Ibadan, Ibadan

UI is nicknamed, ‘First and Best’ for a reason. Since its establishment in 1948, UI has persistently produced top-tier citizens with its high-level educational system and an amazing academic track record. UI is also recognized by UTME as one of the most sort after institutions in Nigeria. UI’s tuition fees range from as low as 22,000 naira to as high as 35,000 naira.

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6. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

ABU is referred to as the best University in northern Nigeria by many because of its standard educational system and exquisite learning culture. It is even regarded as one of the best universities in the whole of Nigeria. The tuition fees range from as low as 27,000 naira to 33,000 naira depending on the department.

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7. Bayero University, Kano

Located in a state with the highest population in Nigeria, Bayero University is one of the outstanding institutions in Nigeria with a low tuition fee. Their fees range from as low as 33,000 naira to as high as 40,000 naira depending on the course of study.

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8. University of Calabar, Calabar

The University of Calabar is one of the most sort after institutions in its region and has a good academic portfolio. The learning environment is nice and serene and the tuition fees range from 35,000 naira to 42,000 naira.


9. National Open University of Nigeria

NOUN, established in 1983 is the first federal Open and distant learning institution in Nigeria. It has its tuition fees ranging from as low as 36,000 naira to as high as 41,000 naira.

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10. University of Abuja, FCT, Abuja

The University of Abuja is located in the heart of Nigeria and boasts of an excellent learning atmosphere and takes special pride in its faculty of law. The school’s tuition fees range from as low as 36,000 naira to as high as 42,300 naira.

Looking for an affordable university in Nigeria? Above are the top 10 most affordable universities in Nigeria