Top 10 Cheapest Universities In Nigeria

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Top 10 Cheapest Universities In Nigeria

The cost of tertiary education has risen significantly in the past few years. Universities, especially state universities have increased their school fees significantly. Good examples of schools that increased their school fees by almost 100 percent or more, are Osun State University and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.

The rise of tertiary education in the country has made people start looking towards cheap universities while also considering quality. In this article, we will present a list of the top 10 cheapest universities in Nigeria. The tuition fees here are average of all courses’ fees.

Top 10 Cheapest Federal Universities In Nigeria 2018

1. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) – 27,000 NGN
Ahmadu Bello University located in Zaria is the cheapest federal university in Nigeria 2018. This higher institution of learning was founded on October 4, 1962. When the school was founded, it was named the University of Northern Nigeria.

2. University of Ibadan (UI) — 30,000 NGN
The University of Ibadan (UI) is another cheap federal university in Nigeria. In terms of academic excellence, it will be pointless to say that the University of Ibadan is a great school — citizens of the country are aware of this.

This school was founded in 1948 by the federal government of Nigeria, making it the oldest university in the country. The higher institution of learning has 11 faculties, namely: College of Medicine, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Agriculture Renewable natural resources, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry and economics, and Faculty of environmental design and management.

3. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) — 32,000 NGN
The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) is another popular federal university, and also one of the cheapest federal universities in Nigeria. Unlike Ahmadu Bello University of Zaria and the University of Ibadan, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) is agricultural oriented.

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) was established on January 1, 1988, by the federal government of the country. At this school, the cost of education is 32,000 NGN.

The institution has 5 colleges, namely: College of Agricultural Management, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM), College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM), College of Natural Sciences (COLNAS), and College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT).

The following are departments of the university: Department of Accounting, Department of Banking and Finance, Department of Business Enterprise Management, Department of Economics, Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, Department of Political Science, Department of Environmental Management and Toxicology, Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, and Department of Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology.

The schools also has the following departments: Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Department of Animal Physiology, Department of Animal Production and Health, Department of Pasture and Range Management, Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Department of Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, and Department of Agricultural Administration, Department of Communication and General Studies.

4. Bayero University, Kano (BUK) — 33,000 NGN
Bayero University, Kano (BUK) is the fourth cheapest federal university in Nigeria. This school may not be as popular as the like of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), it is however among the best universities in the country.

Some notable faculties associated with this university are Stewart Brown, Reginald Cline-Cole, Abdulrazak Gurnah, and Abdalla Uba Adamu. The following are notable alumnus of the institution: Zaynab Alkali, Mansur Dan Ali (Minister of Defence), Farouk Lawan, Moses Ochonu, Yushau Shuaib, Ahmad Sani Yerima (former Governor, Zamfara State), Ibrahim Maqary (Imam, Nigeria’s National Mosque), Ibrahim Sheme, Farooq Kperogi (journalism professor at Kennesaw State University), Jamila Tangaza (former head, BBC Hausa). At this institution, the school fees paid is 33,000 NGN.

5. University of Calabar (UNICAL) — 35,000 NGN
6. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada (UNIABUJA) — 36,000 NGN
7. Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto (UDUSOK) — 37,000 NGN
8. National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) — 41,000 NGN
9. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina (FUDMA) — 43,000 NGN
10. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) — 45,000 NGN

Top Ten Cheapest Private Universities In Nigeria 

1. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin – N103,500 – N686,000
Founded in 2005, currently headed by a Nigerian professor of community medicine, professor Ibrahim. its located in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.

2. Oduduwa University, Ile-Ife – N170,000 – N197,000.
OUI was founded in 2009 and located in Ipetumodu, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
Oduduwa University named after the forefather of the Yoruba race, Oduduwa University was established in 2009 in the town of Ipetumodu, Ile-Ife in Osun State. The private tertiary education institution has four colleges which include College of Management and Social Sciences, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, College of Environmental Design and Management and College of Engineering and Technology. Each college offers various accredited undergraduate courses. The Vice-Chancellor is Prof (Mrs.) Olajumoke A. Olayiwola.

3. Ajayi Crowther University – 162,000 – 782,000. 
Located in old Oyo town, Ajayi Crowther University is a private Christian University that was established in 2005. The tertiary institution has different faculties some of which includes the Faculty of Law, Faculty of Management Sciences, Faculty of Natural Science and Faculty of social sciences. Ajayi Crowther University’s tuition fee range around about Five hundred thousand Naira 162,000 – 782,000.Professor K.T. Jaiyeoba is the university’s current Vice- Chancellor.

4. Obong University, Obong Ntak – N180,000 – N200,000
Formerly referred to as the University of Africa, Obong University was established in 1997, Located in Obong Ntak, Etim Ekpo LGA, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. The private higher institution of learning which is formally affiliated with the Churches of Christ is located in the town of Obong Ntak, Akwa- Ibom. The Vice-Chancellor is Enefiok S. Udo. Obong University awards degrees in various accredited courses such as Microbiology, Computer Science, Sociology, Political Science, Biochemistry, Economics, Accounting, and others. Although Obong University is not so popular among private universities in Nigeria, it is still one of the cheapest universities in Nigeria.

5. Lead City University – N200,500 – N550,000 
Founded in 2005, Lead City University is owned and funded by the Eduserve Consult. The university is located in the ancient city of Ibadan in Oyo State. Their tuition is about 200,500 – 550,000 making Lead City University quite affordable when compared to other private universities. The University’s Vice-Chancellor is Professor Olufemi Onabanjo.

6. Crescent University, Abeokuta – N283,000 – N1,000,000
Founded in 2005, its located at KM. 5, Ayetoro Road, Lafenwa, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. Vice Chancellor is Professor I. Gbajabiamila.

7. Rhema University, Aba
Rhema University: Established in 2009, located at No. 153 – 155 Aba-Owerri Road, Aba, Abia State, Nigeria. Rhema University is a Christian private university associated with the Living World Ministries International. The higher education institution is situated in Aba, Rivers State. With about 10 accredited undergraduate programmes available, Rhema University charges school fees { tuition fees } of around 452,000 – 464,000 which makes it one of the most affordable private universities in Nigeria. The University’s Vice-Chancellor is Professor O. C. Onwudike.

8. Adeleke University – N273,000 – N450,000
Established in 2007 by Chief Deji Adeleke, Adeleke University is located in the town of Ede in Osun State. The school is a very affordable school with a tuition fee of 273,000 – 450,000 / All fees inclusive will be 636,800 – 867,300). Several accredited courses are available to students who are willing to enroll in the University. Prof. O.O.G Amusan is the University’s Vice-Chancellor.

9. Babcock University, Ilishan Remo – N288,000 – N560,000 
Affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Babcock University was established in 1999 in the town of Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State. This private higher education institution is owned and managed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Some of the colleges in the University include the College of Health and Medical Sciences, School of Education and Humanities, School of Computing and Engineering Sciences, School of Law and Security Studies, School of Nursing and a lot of others. Babcock University offers numerously accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses. School fees range from 288,000 – 560,000 ( other fees not included ) making Babcock University a most affordable school. Professor Kayode J. Makinde is the university’s Vice-Chancellor

10. Fountain University – N341,500
Founded in 2008 and located in Oke Osun after the Osun Osogbo river, Osun State, Nigeria. Fountain University School fees { Tuition fees } schedule is N341,50. The Vice-Chancellor Professor Abdul-Lateef Usman.



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