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Colleges with the Least Expensive Room and Board Fees

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For most colleges, room and board is among the most significant expenses. However, on this list, you’ll find the lowest room and board prices in the country. Unlike the list of colleges with the highest room and board fees, which was limited to three states (NY, CA, and MA), the list for least expensive room and board rates is quite diverse.


According to Edmit data, the ten colleges with the least expensive room and board rates represent eight states—North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, and Oklahoma. Three colleges on the list represent the state of Oklahoma. Four colleges on the list are HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).


#10 Paul Quinn College

Paul Quinn College is a small private HBCU affiliated with the African Episcopal Methodist (AME) Church. Full-time on-campus students are allotted just $6,000 per year for room and board fees. It’s important to note that off-campus students are afforded about half that rate. The overall cost of attendance for one year at Paul Quinn College is less than $15,000.


#9 The University of Tennessee - Martin

The University of Tennessee Martin is a satellite campus of the University of Tennessee located in the small city of Martin. Estimated room and board fees at the University of Texas Martin are $5,976 per year. Despite the low fees, accommodations feature double rooms with ensuite bathrooms and kitchens in each building.


#8 Morris College

Morris College is an HBCU based in Sumter, South Carolina, and operated by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina. Annual room and board costs at Morris College are $5,737 per year.


#7 Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology is a public, state school located in Okmulgee, Oklahoma and is part of the Oklahoma State University higher education system. Room and board costs for one year at OSU Institute of Technology are $5,734.


#6 Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Southwestern Oklahoma State University is a public university with two campuses in Weatherford and Sayre Oklahoma. Annual room and board at Southwestern Oklahoma State University is $5,500 per year.


#5 Alabama State University

Alabama State University is a public HBCU in Montgomery, Alabama and a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Annual room and board costs for one year are approximately $5,422.


#4 Louisiana College

Located in Pineville, Louisiana College is a private Baptist college. One year of room and board is approximately $5,272. In addition to federal financial aid options, the institution has a dedicated alternative loan officer to assist students with private student loan lenders.


#3 Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Oklahoma Panhandle State University is a public university located in Goodwell, Oklahoma. Educational programs at the institution are limited to a few fields of study including history, nursing, education, business, and agriculture. The approximate cost of one year’s room and board at OPSU is $4,695.


#2 Rust College

Rust College is a private, HBCU located in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The cost of room and board for a year is $4,300. In recent years, the college has enrolled less than 1,000 students annually, and housing facilities include a residence hall exclusively for single parents.


#1 Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is a seminary affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Annual room and board costs are much lower than those on the list at just $2,196 per year.


What if My Room and Board Expenses Exceed Estimates in the Cost of Attendance?

For most students, the room and board estimates are enough to cover necessary expenses, especially if you live on-campus. However, students who choose to live off-campus may find that room and board estimates are reduced. If you find that your expenses exceed your financial aid award, you can seek out the housing or financial aid office to discuss alternative funding options, such as private student loans.



Note: All room and board fees reflect the 2017-2018 academic year

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