In Nigeria, we have hundreds of institutions with high tuition fees paid annually. Out of these institutions, it is encouraging to discover that few of them have very less expensive tuition. in fact, I can almost say it’s tuition-free because no matter your financial strength, you can afford them!
In this post, we will be looking at the top ten cheapest universities in Nigeria, and some information about them. In no particular order, here are the best ten cheapest universities in Nigeria.
Below are the top 10 cheapest universities in Nigeria. Keep reading as we provide details on each of them.
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Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU Zaria)
The first school on our list is the Ahmadu Bello University. ABU Zaria is a federal government university located in Zaria, Kaduna State.
The university was initially named the University of Northern Nigeria after its establishment on the 4th of October 1962.
It was created to be the university for the northern part of the country. And this gives reason to why the school was even named after the first premier of Northern Nigeria, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello.
However, this is not necessarily the case anymore. There are now many other northern universities in the country including Federal University, Gasua, Yobe state, and Bayero University, in Kano state.
ABU Zaria owns one of the largest teaching hospitals in Nigeria, ABU Teaching Hospital. This hospital is also where the school’s medical students have their camp.
Even with all of this great feat, ABU Zaria is still one of the cheapest universities in Nigeria. Its yearly tuition ranges from ₦25,000 to ₦40,000, depending on the course.
University of Ibadan(UI)
Next on our list is the University of Ibadan. The University of Ibadan is one of the prestigious universities in the country. It was established in 1948, and it became the very first university in Nigeria.
UI was formally a small college of the then University of London, until 1962 when it became an independent university of its own. The school sits in the beautiful city of Ibadan, in Oyo state.
The University of Ibadan has sixteen Faculties which include Arts, Science, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Agriculture, as well as the Social Sciences. It also has departments of Education, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Technology, Law, Public Health, Dentistry, Economics, Renewable Natural Resources, and Environmental Design and Management.
Moreover, the Faculties of the Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Public Health, and Dentistry stand alone as a whole College of Medicine of their own.
The tuition fee for the University of Ibadan ranges from ₦21,600 to ₦36,000. Also, this fee depends on the department, course, as well as the factor of whether the student is new or returning.
The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (FUNAAB) was founded on the 1st of January, 1988. The university used to be one of the quarters of a four-parts university of technology until it was demerged in the year 1988.
The school is located on Alabata road, in the famous city of Abeokuta, Ogun State
The colleges in the Federal University Of Technology Abeokuta include College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development, College of Food Sciences and Human Ecology, College of Animal Science & Livestock Production,
Others are the College of Plant Science, College of Environmental Resources Management, College of Natural Sciences, and College of Veterinary Medicine. The school also has a College of Management and Social Sciences, College of Biological Sciences, College of Physical Science as well as College of Engineering.
The tuition fee for FUNAAB ranges from ₦32,000- ₦42,000 for new students and ₦19,000-₦21,000 for returning students. This also depends largely on the department and the course of study.
Bayero University, Kano (BUK)
One of the cheapest universities in Nigeria is Bayero University Kano (BUK) and it happens to be the very first university in Kano state. It came into existence in 1977 and it’s in Kano State, Nigeria.
The school was initially named Bayero University College until its upgrade from university college to university. It is among the cheapest universities in Nigeria
The tuition fee for BUK ranges from ₦33,000- ₦40,000 for new students, and ₦33,000- ₦37,000 for returning students. And this depends on the department and also the course of study.
University of Lagos ( UNILAG)
Great Akokites! Lol.
The University of Lagos was founded in 1962 and is one of the oldest universities in Nigeria. The main campus for the school is located at Akoka, Yaba.
The school has two other campuses; one at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba ( a base for medical students of UNILAG), and the other newly created campus at the former school of Radiography, Yaba.
Furthermore, UNILAG has up to twelve faculties including Arts, Basic Medical Sciences, Business Administration, Clinical Sciences, Dental Sciences, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Law, Pharmacy, Science, and Social Sciences.
What is the cost of UNILAG’S school fees?
The school fees for new students is around ₦63,500 for Science Students and ₦53,500 for the Non-Science Students.
This amount includes the examination fee, endowment fund, matriculation gown, sports fee, and most importantly, the acceptance fee which is payable immediately upon admission.
The acceptance fee alone is ₦20,000 and failure to pay the acceptance fee as soon as possible may result in the withdrawal of your admission.
The school fees for returning students is around ₦19,500 for Science Students and ₦14,500 for the Non-Science Students. This amount includes the examination fee, endowment fund, matriculation gown, sports fee, and so on
For Postgraduate studies, tuition is around ₦14,500- ₦19,500 for returning students, non-science and science departments respectively.
New (science and non-science) postgraduate students will be paying around ₦64,000 the first time, and then consecutive payments will be ₦16,000.
University of Calabar (UNICAL)
The University of Calabar is a federal university that was established in 1975 and is located in Eta Agbo road, cross river state, Nigeria.
The acceptance fee alone is ₦25,000, and this is payable immediately once admission has been offered. Failure to pay the acceptance fee as soon as possible may result in the withdrawal of your entry.
The school fees for new students is around ₦34,000 for Science Students and ₦35,000 for the Non-Science Students. This amount excludes academic gown and project supervision.
The school fees for returning students is around ₦31,000 for Science Students and ₦32,000 for the Non-Science Students.
Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)
Did you know that Obafemi Awolowo University was formally called the University of Ife? It’s true. However, the name metamorphosed to Obafemi Awolowo University in the year 1987, in honor of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
OAU is a federal government university. The university is in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. It came into existence in 1961 although lectures did not commence until October 1962.
The school has since then grown to become one of the most sought after tertiary institutions in the country. However, this has not affected their consideration of the average Nigerian as their academic fees remain affordable.
The cost of school fees for new students ranges from ₦43,700- ₦57,700, and for returning student, the price ranges from ₦19,700- ₦33,700.
Besides, the exact amount depends mainly on the department and course of study. Moreover, accommodation in OAU is also cheap as one student bed space costs only ₦3,090 for new students and ₦2,590, for returning students.
National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)
Next on our list is the National Open University of Nigeria. Apart from the fact that this school has the benefits of flexible programs and schedules, it also offers this flexibility at a very affordable cost. Let us see how much the school fees for NOUN is.
In this university, new students are pay ₦36,000, which includes registration fee, caution and orientation fees amongst others. Returning students fee is a total of ₦18,000, which includes Registration and ICT amongst others.
University of Abuja (UNIABUJA)
The University of Abuja was established in the year 1988 and is located in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
UNIABUJA has two campuses. The main campus is at Gwagwalada and home to faculties like Arts, Management Science, Engineering, College of Medicine; as well as Agriculture among others.
Furthermore, the second campus is home to faculties of law, education, and social science. The University of Abuja offers good quality education for Nigerians and non-Nigerians.
The cost of school fees for new science students ranges from ₦33,500- ₦35,500, depending on the course of the study.
While for new non-science students, their fee is around ₦32,500.
Also, for returning science students, the school fee ranges from ₦21,000- ₦23,000, depending on the course of the study. And for non-science students, the price is around ₦20,000. The acceptance fee in UNIABUJA is ₦10,000.
University of Benin (UNIBEN)
The University of Benin was first established as an Institute of technology in 1970, but then later elevated to university status in the year 1971. The school is located in Uselu, Benin City.
UNIBEN has thirteen faculties including Faculty of Arts, Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Education, Agriculture, Law, Engineering, Dentistry, School of Medicine and Surgery, Pharmacy, Health Sciences, Management Sciences, and Education.
Also, the acceptance fee for UNIBEN is ₦60,000, which is payable immediately upon admission.
New students in the College of Medical Sciences are to pay a tuition fee of ₦70,000. Students outside of these departments will pay ₦50,000. Returning student’s school fees range from ₦13,000- ₦16,000, depending on the course of study.
So, there you go, the top ten cheapest Universities in Nigeria. Remember that education is the best legacy for anybody. And now that you have this list make sure you equip yourself/or your wards with the best education that these affordable universities have to offer.
Also, note that the fact that these schools are the cheapest doesn’t in any way diminish the quality of their education. Good luck!