looking for the cheapest universities in Nigeria?
Education is usually said to be expensive and we cannot deny that it is. However, the importance of education cannot be over-emphasized, so the cost is also not an excuse.
Thankfully, there are schools where the cost is relatively cheap compared to other schools in Nigeria.
Federal schools, especially, fall into this category because the federal government subsidizes the price.
These federal universities provide education at an affordable rate, so both candidates from humble and well-to-do backgrounds can be confident to apply.
In no particular order, find the cheapest federal universities in Nigeria:
#1: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria: One of the largest universities in Nigeria and regarded as the best university in Northern Nigeria by many, ABU is one of the first generation universities in Nigeria. The university established in 1962 operates two campuses in Samaru and Kongo, both in Zaria. It is home to both undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as several other programs. Based on the department, the school fees of ABU is between N20,000 to N33,000.
#2: Federal University of Agriculture: Established in 1988 in the capital city of Ogun state, UNAAB is the first University of Agriculture in Nigeria. The university, which was formerly situated in Isale-Igbein in the heart of Abeokuta, has now moved to the permanent site at a 10,000-hectare campus located on the 15km Abeokuta-Ibadan Road. The school fees of UNAAB ranges from N18,250 to N33,000 depending on the department.
#3: University of Ibadan: The premier university was established in 1948. Located in the city of Ibadan, it is regarded as one of the best universities in Nigeria. The school boasts as one of the institutions with the highest number of professors in West Africa. With 12 faculties including Law and the College of Medicine, the school fees of UI are between N20,000 to N35,000, depending on the department.
#4: University of Benin: Established in 1970, the University of Benin started as an Institute of Technology and was accorded the status of a full-fledged University by National Universities Commission (NUC) in 1971. The school which boasts of 12 faculties excluding the school of medicine, has been able to retain its enviable reputation as one of the best universities in Nigeria. The school fees of UNIBEN is between N13,000 and N49,000, depending on the department.
#5: University of Lagos: One of the most popular universities in Nigeria, it has the facade of being expensive but it is actually one of the cheapest schools in Nigeria. Established in 1962, the school operates two campuses at Akoka, Yaba and the College of Medicine at Idi-Araba, Surulere with both campuses housing about 14 faculties. University of Lagos’ school fees ranges from N14,500 to about N65,000, based on the department.
#6: Obafemi Awolowo University: Formerly University of Ife, Obafemi Awolowo University was established in 1961 in the ancient city of Ile-Ife by the regional government of Western Nigeria, led by late Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola. The school maintains its outstanding standard and is consistently in the list of the best schools in Nigeria. OAU offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in different fields. Depending on the department, the school fees range from about N19,500 to N65,000.
#7: Bayero University: Located in the heart of one of the most populous cities in Nigeria, Kano, Bayero University was founded in 1977. The school, which started as a University College, was named after the former Emir of Kano, Abdullahi Bayero. One of the most popular and one of the best universities in Northern Nigeria, BUK offers programs in 12 faculties. The school fees range from N26,000 to N40,000 based on the department.
#8: University of Ilorin: Established by a decree of the Federal Military Government in 1975, Unilorin has successfully held its own among the best universities in Nigeria alongside the first generation universities. Offering courses in more than 16 faculties, the school is one of the cheapest in Nigeria. The school fees of Unilorin is between about N10,700 to N18,300, depending on the faculty.
#9: University of Abuja: Located in the nation’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Uniabuja was founded in 1988. The youngest school on this list, the school is highly recognized for its Law Faculty. The institution has a mini-campus at Gwagwalada while the main campus is on a site covering about 11,824 hectares which can be seen along the Kaduna – Lokoja – Abuja Road. The school fees range from N39,300 to N42,300 based on the department.
#10: Usman Danfodiyo University: The school was established in 1975 in the ancient city of Sokoto and named after the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate, Usman Dan Fodio. The school has four campuses around the city of Sokoto. The school fees of UDUS is between N24,000 and N54,000, depending on the department.
#11: Federal University of Technology: It was established under a drive by the Federal Government to create different universities that specialized in producing graduates with practical as well as theoretical knowledge of technologies. Currently offering programs from seven schools, the school fees of FUTA is between N13,000 and N52,000 based on the department.
#12: University of Calabar: Located in the city of Calabar, the school was a campus of the University of Nigeria until 1975. The school is arguably one of the best universities in the South-South region. The school fees range from N30,000 to N24,000 depending on the department.
In conclusion, it is important to note that these were the school fees as at the time this article was written and the school fees do experience changes sometimes. Remember for you to gain admission into any of these universities, you need to pass your WAEC and Jamb Examinations.