Cheapest universities in Nigeria: One of the mistakes you don’t want to make in this Year’s admission process is to apply for admission in a school you know nothing about. It is very unwise to do that because, your success in a particular field of study partially depends on the school you attend to. Take for instance, you can not compare a student who studied law in UNILAG with another student who studied law in DELSU in terms of experience. The reason is because, most of the best law firms in Nigeria are closer to UNILAG. Thus, students who are in the University of Lagos (UNILAG) are more likely to get internships opportunity in those top law firms close to their school.
Well, that is not all. Before applying for admission in any university in Nigeria, it is prerequisite that you ask about the price they collect as school fee. If you don’t do this, you might end up not paying your school fee in the long run because, some schools in Nigeria charge as much as 1million naira for school fee. If you doubt me, then ask anybody how much students in Covenant University pay as school fee.
Basically, i will be tackling the problem of school fee today. This work will mention some of the universities with low school fee in Nigeria. So, if you are searching for the cheapest universities in Nigeria, then you are in the right place. Trust me; I will not only mention the schools with the cheapest school fee in Nigeria. I will give you detailed information about the cheapest universities in Nigeria. Here we go!
Note that the Universities mentioned here are not the only cheap universities in Nigeria. Of course, there are other schools with low tuition fees. However, the schools mentioned here are actually some of the cheapest we where able to verify after our research.
Cheapest universities in Nigeria
Below are the cheapest universities in Nigeria in 2019:
- University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) – N40,000 – N71,000
- University of Lagos (UNILAG) – N14,000 – N64,000
- University of Ibadan (UI) – N20,000 – N35,000
- Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) – N20,000 – N70,000
- Bayero University – N20,000 – N40,000
- National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) – N20,000 – N41,000
- Modibbo Adama University of Science and Technology – N15,000 – N42,000
- Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta – N33,000
- Amadu Bello University (Abu Zaria) – N20,000 – N33,000
- Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE) – N37,000 – N80,000
Okay! There you have the cheapest universities in Nigeria for the year. But just like i said, I will not just mention the cheapest universities in Nigeria without full details about the universities. So, if you need more details about the universities mentioned above, you need to read this article till the end.
Note: In most Nigerian universities, the school fee of students are different considering the fact that they study different courses. So, the amount mentioned above are not the exact amount of school fee for every course. However, from our research, the school fee for every course is within the range given above.
Now let’s discuss the cheapest universities in Nigeria.
University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) – N40,000 – N71,000
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) is apparently one of the best universities in Nigeria. In almost all the ranking of universities in Nigeria, this university has always appeared top 5. Evidently, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) is the idegenous university of Nigeria. The university was established immediately after Nigeria got her independence in 1960.
It will surprise you to know that UNN is one of the most populated universities in Nigeria. The University has about 44,000 students currently schooling in it. The reason is because UNN is one of the best and at the same time, it is very cheap. UNN school fee ranges from N40,000 – N71,000. Well, as at the time this article was written, I am a student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). As a student of UNN, i can confidently tell you that UNN is one of the best universities in Nigeria when it comes to good teaching standards.
If you are really searching for a cheap university to attend in Nigeria, then UNN is one of the ideal schools you should try out. One striking thing that made me fall in love with UNN is because they usually offer scholarships opportunities to students who are doing exceptionally well in their academics. You might lucky get a scholarship in this school if you are doing very well.
It should however be noted that UNN is one of the most competitive tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Just last year UNN had about 500,000 aspirants from JAMB. Conversely, the University’s departmental cutoff mark is always very high. You can give UNN a try if you want to gain admission into any of the cheapest universities in Nigeria.
University of Lagos (UNILAG) – N14,000 – N64,000
The University of Lagos (UNILAG) is another exceptional school with very low school fee in Nigeria. But just like i explained before, not all the courses in UNILAG is actually cheap. For instance, school fee for courses like law and medicine are not very low. Nevertheless, when you compare UNILAG with other universities in Nigeria, it is clear that UNILAG is one of the cheapest for every student.
When it comes to teaching, UNILAG is not bad at all. Evidently, students of this school have participated in most of the international and local competitions competitions in Nigeria. For instance, in the recent All Nigerian University Moot Competition conducted at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), students of UNILAG was among the top 3 in the debate. Accordingly, students of the Faculty of law, University of Lagos have been appointed severally, to represent Nigeria in many international competitions. So you see, UNILAG is truly one of the best universities in Nigeria.
On that note, if you live near Lagos and you really want to attend any of the cheapest universities in Nigeria, then you should consider the University of Lagos (UNILAG) first. UNILAG school fee ranges from N14,000 – N64,000. Trust, you won’t regret ever applying for admission in UNILAG. It is one of the best universities in Nigeria.
Least I forget, it should be noted that UNILAG is equally one of the most competitive universities in Nigeria. Students usually apply for admission in UNILAG because the University’s tuition fee is very low.
University of Ibadan (UI) – N20,000 – N35,000
This list cannot be complete without mentioning the University of Ibadan (UI). UI is the best university in Nigeria. It is also among the top 1000 universities in the world too. UI was created even before the indigenous university of Nigeria (UNN). It was established in 1946; as a tool for fighting colonialism in Nigeria.
The contribution of this university in the development of Nigeria and the growth of the numbers of educated elites in Nigeria is wonderful. It is deemed (by a considerable number of people in Nigeria) that UI has the best students because the university does not admit just any student. First, aspirants must meet the University’s official cutoff mark. Accordingly, aspirants must do exceptionally well in their O’level results as it will also be considered before admission is offered.
From the confessions of many aspirants, the University of Ibadan (UI) is probably the most difficult university to gain admission. However, the school’s tuition fee is very low. UI school fee ranges from N20,000 – N35,000. That is very cheap right. So, if you are searching for the best universities with very low school fee in Nigeria, UI is undoubtedly the best option for you.
Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) – N20,000 – N70,000
Another super-cool university i often recommend for students who are searching for the cheapest universities in Nigeria to attend is Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK). UNIZIK was named after one of the nationalist of Nigeria, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. Over the years, the Nnamdi Azikiwe University has produced thousands of great personalities. For example, Mike Ezuruonye, Oge Okoye etc.
It will surprise you to know that Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) came after the closure of Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH) for some reasons. The University was created in 1980 to take over from the Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH) and to foster education in Anambra state, Nigeria.
As at the time this article was written, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) has 14 faculties viz:
- Faculty of Agriculture
- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Management Sciences
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Faculty of Physical Sciences
- Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
- Faculty of Biosciences
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Environmental Sciences
- Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology
- Faculty of Social Sciences
As at 2019/2020 UNIZIK school fee ranges from N20,000 – N70,000. Apparently, this is one of the cheapest schools in Nigeria. I enjoin every student looking for a cheap university in Nigeria to apply for admission in Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) now.
Note: Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) is not very competitive. As long as you have a reasonable score in JAMB and POST UTME, you will definitely gain admission in UNIZIK.
Bayero University – N20,000 – N40,000
Bayero University Kano (BUK) is obviously one of the best universities in Kano state Nigeria. It is a university situated in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria. According to Wikipedia, Bayero University was formerly called Ahmadu Bello College. However, the college was later upgraded to a university to foster university education in the North. Frankly speaking, I don’t know much about this university. But from the confessions made by students about Bayero University, there is no doubt that this university is one of the best in the northern part of Nigeria.
Surprisingly, Bayero University is also one of the cheapest universities in Nigeria. Their school fee ranges from N20,000 – N70,000 (for every session). So, if you want to apply for admission in a university that require low school fee you should try out this university.
Nevertheless, it should be noted that Bayero University does not accept all courses. Thus, before making this university your choice, do well to check whether your desired course is among the courses officially offered in the university.
National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) – N20,000 – N41,000
I believe you must have heard about the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) by now. It is one of the exceptional universities in Nigeria. NOUN is evidently the best open university in Nigeria. According to Wikipedia, the university was ranked as the top 23 universities in Nigeria in 2015. This should tell you that the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is not just any kind of university. It is one of the prestigious universities i can count on in Nigeria.
School fee in the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is very cheap. Research shows that in 2019/2020, the school fee for the courses in NOUN was within the range of N20,000 – N41,000. Of course, that price is very cheap right?
Nonetheless, it should be noted that NOUN does not offer all the courses in other universities. Below are the courses offered in NOUN:
- BUSINESS EDUCATION
- CHRISTAIN THEOLOGY
- COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
- COMPUTER SCIENCE
- CONFLICT AND PEACE RESOLUTION
- COOPERATIVE MANAGEMENT
- AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION AND MANAGEMENT
- AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
- CRIMINOLOGY AND SECURITY STUDIES
- DATA MANAGEMENT
- EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
- EDUCATION AND BIOLOGY
- EDUCATION AND CHEMISTRY
- EDUCATION AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE
- EDUCATION AND FRENCH
- EDUCATION AND INTEGRATED SCIENCE
- EDUCATION AND MATHEMATICS
- EDUCATION AND PHYSICS
- ENGLISH LANGUAGE
- ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
- ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
- FRENCH AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
- HOTEL AND CATERING MANAGEMENT
- HOTEL AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT
- ISLAMIC STUDIES
- MASS COMMUNICATION
- MATHEMATICS WITH COMPUTER SCIENCE
- NURSING/NURSING SCEINCE
- PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
- PRIMARY EDUCATION STUDIES
- PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
- PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE
- SHIPPING AND MARITIME TECHNOLOGY
- TOURISM STUDIES
Modibbo Adama University of Science and Technology – N15,000 – N42,000
Modibbo Adama University of Science and Technology is also called the The Federal University of Technology Yola. According to Wikipedia, it is one of the top research intensive Universities in Nigeria. Modibbo Adama University of Science and Technology is located at Girei, Nigeria. Just like other universities of science and technology in Nigeria, Modibbo Adama University of Science and Technology has been contributing to the growth of science and technology since it was established. This is undoubtedly one of the reasons why the University was established.
Frankly speaking, this university is not very popular. Though it has been fully accredited by the National University Commission (NUC). According to research, Modibbo Adama University of Science and Technology has a very conducive and peaceful learning atmosphere, a friendly and hospitable community and several recreational facilities and activities (sports, clubs, associations, societies, etc.). This report was corroborated by Wikipedia and some students who schooled in the university before.
I recommend that you apply for admission in this school if you are searching for a school with low fee and also admit students easily. Trust me; this is one of the cheapest universities in Nigeria as at the time the work was posted.
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta – N33,000
I personally recommend this university for students in Abeokuta who are searching for a cheap university to attend. This does not mean that other students cannot apply for admission in the school. Since the university is a federal university, then no kind of student is restricted from applying in the school.
Again, i am sure that many students will not want to apply for admission in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta because it carries the world “Agriculture“. Well, that should not deter you at all. The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta does not only offer agricultural related courses. I enjoin you to check the list of courses offered in the university before you apply. Nonetheless, it is evidently one of the cheapest universities you can find in Nigeria today.
Amadu Bello University (Abu Zaria) – N20,000 – N33,000
Amadu Bello University (Abu Zaria) is the best university in the northern part of Nigeria. It is also one of the top 5 universities in the whole of Nigeria. The university was named after one of the of Nigeria. From the report sent by JAMB last year, the Amadu Bello University (Abu Zaria) is one of the universities with high number of aspirants. The reason is because, ABU is among the best universities when it comes to teaching standard, learning environment and even facilities.
Students of Amadu Bello University have participated in many national and international competitions around the world. The school is well recognized in Nigeria and outside Nigeria. In fact, at some point in 2015, the Amadu Bello University was ranked best university in Nigeria according to Webometrics.info.
Abu is cheap and less competitive too. One striking thing about this university is that, their admission requirements are not too strict (compared with other top universities in Nigeria). As long as you are able to meet the standards set by the school, you will definitely be offered admission to study your dream course.
Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE) – N37,000 – N80,000:
This is one of the top tier universities that train students to be engrossed with everything about Petroleum in the county. The University is located at Delta state, Nigeria. In my view, this should be the first choice of institution for students who want to enroll in any field that concerns Petroleum but lacks the enough money. It is worthwhile to know that the Federal University of Petroleum Resources is not for study every course. Its basic purpose is to train students in the field.
Well, in case you don’t know, this university is one of the newest universities in Nigeria. Wikipedia records that the first set of undergraduates who graduated from the university, left the school in 2008. So you see, the university is not yet overpopulated yet. Though, i believe that with time, this university will become one of the popular universities in Nigeria. School fee in the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE) is very cheap. Their school fee ranges from N37,000 – N80,000. You can give them a try.
Okay! Now that i have listed and discussed the cheapest universities in Nigeria, I enjoin you to make the right choice of institution. You know what you can afford, so i cannot tell you to apply for admission in any particular school. This article is only to let you know some of the cheapest universities in Nigeria and to guide you when choosing your institutions.
Nonetheless, if you still have any question to ask based on this topic, do ask me using the comment section. Accordingly, if you need to contact the author of this article to help you with the names of other cheap universities in Nigeria, quick check the contact details in the author box below this post.
Edeh Samuel Chukwuemeka ChMC, is a Law Student and a Certified Mediator/Conciliator in Nigeria. He is also a Developer with knowledge in HTML, CSS, JS, PHP and React Native. Samuel is bent on changing the legal profession by building Web and Mobile Apps that will make legal research a lot easier.