Top 10 Cheapest Federal Universities in Nigeria

University education in Nigeria is relatively cheap and the list of the cheapest federal universities in Nigeria is proof of this. We can holler about how low the standard of education has fallen in the country, but one thing is for sure, the costs are still affordable for the common man.

Certainly, the cost of school fees shouldn’t be the ultimate determinant of the choice of tertiary institution to attend, nonetheless, it plays a huge role. Of what use are these federal universities if the common man can’t pay the fees? 

This explains why the number of students who apply for these schools and the corruption that comes alongside them is usually very high. In fact, if you are to compare the competitiveness seen in federal universities to that of state and private universities, the difference is so clear.

So, in the subsequent paragraphs, we will be outlining the list of the cheapest federal universities in Nigeria. This list would be based on the average tuition fees for old and returning students which encompass the dues of the different faculties.

 List of Cheapest Federal Universities in Nigeria

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta

FUNAAB as they are fondly known is undoubtedly one of the cheapest federal universities in Nigeria. They have a reputation for a swift academic calendar. Outside of its beautiful infrastructure and conducive learning environment, many students apply for this university because of the cheapness of its fees.

Some of the faculties in the southwestern university pay as low as N18,250. For others, it could be N32,000. 

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Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

This university is easily one of the standout performers in the North. It also must be stated that the Kaduna-based university also has the some of best teaching staff in Nigeria too. ABU as they popularly called is one of the cheapest federal universities in Nigeria. You wouldn’t have expected that students of a university with such prestige pay between N27,000 to N33,000 depending on the department.

University of Ibadan, Ibadan

Consistently since its establishment in 1948, Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan has been ranked the best university in Nigeria. The university is amongst the very few ones in the country that has some of the best West African professors. The tuition fees range from between N30,000 to N35,009 depending on the department.

University of Lagos, Lagos

It would certainly come as a rude shock that a university situated in the most popular West African city is amazingly cheap. UNILAG is effortlessly one of the cheapest federal universities in Nigeria. For some departments, the students pay as low as N14,500, and in some others, as high as N65,000.

Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

The southwestern university located in the ancient city of Ife constantly churns out some of the most notables in the country, and till this moment, they aren’t even stopping. With all of this high reputation, OAU is one of the federal universities where its students pay very low tuition. For example, most faculties in the school pay as low as N19,500 to N30,000. While the others, pay as high as N65,000.

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University of Calabar

UNICAL may not easily come to mind when you are mentioning some of the best universities in the country, but one thing is for sure, they are highly sought-after in the South-southern region. Depending on the faculty, the school fees range between N35,000 to N42,000.

Bayero University, Kano

For many especially in the southern region, this university isn’t particularly recognized. Nonetheless, this university is still one of the best when it comes to university education in the country. Bayero University is also one of the cheapest federal universities in Nigeria with a range of school fees between N13,000 to N49,000.

University of Benin, Benin City

If you are to call some of the oldest universities in the country, UNIBEN easily comes to mind. Since its inception in 1970, this federal university has lived up to the high standards set initially, and like the University of Lagos, the University of Benin has a fine socio-academic blend. UNIBEN is also one of the cheapest federal universities in Nigeria. Depending on the course, the school fees range from N13,000 to N49,000.

Cheapest Federal Universities in Nigeria

University of Abuja, Abuja

Located in the nation’s capital, UNIABUJA Is one of the cheapest federal universities in Nigeria. Outside this, many praises have come to this university because of its law faculty which has one of the most organized student councils in the country. Students of this university pay between N36,000 to N42,300 as tuition fees on average.

National Open University of Nigeria

Since its opening in 1983, this federal open and distance learning institution has been a major win for the entire country. The tuition fees range from N36,000 to N41,000.

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Conclusion

We have made mention of so many federal universities in the country and truth be told, many of them are so good that even state and private universities where the school fees are on the high side, don’t even come close when it comes to the standard of education.

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