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The Cheapest Federal Universities In Nigeria (Details)



If you cannot afford the huge tuition to study in private universities like Babcock, Covenant and the rest, you can opt to study in low tuition federal universities in Nigeria.

The list of institutions you will find below contains only alma mater with ‘federal university’ status. All selected universities are included in a particular order, in the order of decreasing tuition.

The prices are average for the university, but it is important to note that different faculties and departments within the same institution can be priced differently. In addition, we take into consideration only school fees for first-year students, and there can be differences in the school fees for level 100 (1st year), 200 (2nd year), 300 (3rd year) etc. In other words, the choices below are estimates, and you are highly advised to double check the admission fees for the faculty you are interested to attend.


Existing since 1975, the University of Port-Harcourt is more expensive than other federal institutions we have listed above. It is expensive for freshmen but becomes more affordable for students who continue their education through second, third year etc.

Nigerians can choose one of the 10 departments here and study management, dentistry, agriculture, humanities, and other sciences along with engineering here. School fees for new students range from 92,000 Naira to 127,000 Naira while returning students can only pay 45,000 Naira.

Have you already decided where to be educated after the graduation? Would it be a federal university or would you choose a state or private institution? We hope that the information above would be helpful in your choice.


Studying in the capital of the country is prestigious and attractive. Who doesn’t want to go to Abuja and attend local institutions? For example, the federal University of Abuja is a great place to attend ever since 1988. You can proudly study law, veterinary medicine, sciences, engineering, management, and other disciplines.
The fees range from 39,000 to 42,000 Naira.


Fans of the newest schools and institutions can choose Federal University Dutsin-Ma that exists since 2011. It offers 8 departments and opportunity to study modern technology, sciences, engineering, management, art, and other popular courses.
School fees are 37,000-47,000 Naira.

7. UI

Those who dream to study in Ibadan should consider UI (University of Ibadan) as their main choice of studies. This is a great place (founded back in 1948) to study medicine and related sciences, art, agriculture, and other disciplines. The school fee is around 34,000-46,000 Naira.


This is probably the biggest institution in Nigeria based on how many students study here. The National Open University of Nigeria has so many disciplines (over 700) that you can definitely find something to your taste. It has several educational centers and interesting programs for all candidates.
Since all the disciplines are officially allowed by NUC commission, you are safe to choose your future profession based on your dreams and desires.
The school fees are 33,000-41,000 Naira.


Is your dream to work in the agricultural sector? You can study this sphere professionally in Ogun State. Here you can attend the Federal University of Agriculture that exists since 1988. FUNAAB is one of the 3 agricultural institutions in Nigeria. This is where you can focus on agriculture and its specific disciplines.
Their school fees are 32,000-42,000 Naira.


Existing since 1975, this higher educational institution keeps attracting Nigerians. Candidates can select Usmanu Danfodiyo University as their alma mater because of the big selection of departments and courses. For example, you can become a specialist in nursing, accounting, education, biochemistry, and other sciences, economics and many other spheres.
The school fees are 30,000-53,000 Naira.


This institution was founded over 40 years ago. It can be a nice choice for studying agricultural disciplines, marketing, technical courses, science, and many other interesting and valuable courses. The fees are around 30,000-42,000 Naira.

2. BUK

Are you a citizen of Kano State? You can study at local Bayero University that exists since 1977. There are many interesting faculties here. Students are welcome to gain professional knowledge in management, modern technologies, law and such popular spheres as engineering, computer science, and medicine.
Their admission fees are 29,000-40,000 Naira.

1. ABU

Citizens who live in Kaduna area or wish to study in Zaria or Samaru can look at ABU institution (full title is Ahmadu Bello University). It has an impressive history (ABU exists since 1962) and high rankings among students and graduates. This might not be the cheapest place to get an education, but it still an affordable federal university. Its fees are around 25,000-45,000 Naira. Here you can become an engineer, scientist, teacher, artist etc.



  1. Philip

    October 18, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Any information if national open university is admitting for law, please share

    • Prince

      November 3, 2019 at 7:43 pm

      Yes they are

  2. saleh musa

    October 14, 2019 at 8:34 am

    you have forgotten ATBU the school

  3. okereke john

    October 14, 2019 at 8:13 am

    I am currently studying in Micheal okpara university, please parents don’t send your children here because this is one of the private federal university so far. you know what I mean, use your head thank you.

  4. Gbenga

    October 13, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Who compiled this foolish list.I graduated from uniben and even their returning students sch fees for science related courses is still 14,400. Are you doing this write up to defraud your parents nii.

    • Osas

      October 14, 2019 at 4:27 pm

      Don’t mind that foolish post… I graduated too from there 5years back… The fee remain unchanged

  5. Linus

    October 13, 2019 at 9:42 am

    You can only say the cheapest universities in terms of school fees.what about other payments imposed by the university managements and lecturers making schooling difficult for the students.

  6. Patrick

    October 13, 2019 at 8:34 am

    what about ATBU there school fees is 22,000

  7. yakubu james

    October 12, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Please I have grade 2 certificate and want to further my education which school will accept that certificate

    • Berbatundey

      October 13, 2019 at 7:35 am


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      October 14, 2019 at 6:50 am

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  9. ismaila abdullazeez

    October 12, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    what of obafemi awolowo

  10. Patrick Onu

    October 12, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    This is a mere fabrication, my school unizik is 20000 and 60000 for pg medical students

  11. egbeyemitaiwo1@gmail.compl

    October 12, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    pls how much is ui fees per session

  12. Dave

    October 12, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Fake List….futa 200L pays 18k.


      October 12, 2019 at 7:16 pm

      You are correct. It’s a fake news.FUT minna where I finished from 2008/2009 set though I rounded up due to ASU strike, from 200L to 500L, I can not remember paying more than 25K. Infact the SUG of my school fought then and it was reduced to I think either 21,500 or 22,500

  13. Roy

    October 12, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Roy,what about colleges of education

  14. INEC

    October 12, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Federal polytechnic Nekede, owerri is too expensive. School fees around #40,000 and acceptance fee #30,000. This is too much for a Federal polytechnic in Nigeria restricting students from acquiring education because of high payments levied on them. I urge the federal government to look into this issues because the students in the institution are dying silently, no one to speak for them. The students are trying to avoid the riot of 2010 not to repeat again. May God have mercies on the management of the school cos God is watching them… 🙏🙏🙏

    • Yunus

      October 12, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      Easterners made education very expensive coz of their ego for money

      • shine

        October 14, 2019 at 8:58 am

        I concur

  15. Sunday Eze

    October 12, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    I think the issue of sexforgrade should also be put into consideration

  16. mandybaks

    October 12, 2019 at 11:53 am

    my fees in Abu was #21,400 and I graduated 2018 so its very cheap

    • Etim Okon

      October 12, 2019 at 1:21 pm

      Please I need connection to further my study. Just that I got my ND in a private institutions

  17. nnamani Daniel

    October 12, 2019 at 11:17 am

    what about the Eastern universities?like UNN, UNIZIK, UMUDIKE. Etc

  18. adebayo faith

    October 12, 2019 at 11:07 am

    pls wat of d federal polytechnic in Nigeria

  19. adebayo faith

    October 12, 2019 at 11:06 am

    pls wat of d cheapest federal polytechnic in Nigeria

  20. Chris Nfiaji

    October 12, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Nothing said about UNN and UNILAG…

  21. Itz pere-ebi ozori

    May 16, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    It’s noted

  22. Afemi Sarah

    April 26, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Please what about the university in Lokoja?
    I need information about it..

    • anayochukwu Emmanuel ifeanyi

      October 13, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      Micheal okpara university is a federal university but dere acceptance is 50 as a fresher u need to hold up to 170 before u can study the federal government should intevene

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