As of 2011, the most affordable universities in the United States include Haskell Indian Nations University, the University of Texas Pan-American, West Virginia University at Parkersburg and the University of Central Florida College of Arts and Humanities. In-state tuition is necessary for optimal affordability.
Haskell Indian Nations University is the cheapest university in the United States as of 2011, with in-state tuition costing $430 for an entire year. The university is located in Lawrence, Kansas, and entry to its student body requires membership in a federally recognized Native American tribe. Acceptance is limited to 1,000 students per semester.
The University of Texas Pan-American is located in Edinburg, Texas, and its tuition costs $1,646 per year. As a doctoral research university, it is well-suited for both undergraduate and graduate studies.
West Virginia University at Parkersburg is located in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Its tuition costs are $2,076 per year. It originated as a community college but now offers bachelor's degrees in specific areas.
The University of Central Florida College of Arts and Humanities is located in Orlando, Florida. Tuition for this college is $2,190 per year. The college was once joined with a College of Sciences, but they are now separate institutions.