Is CSU a Good School for the Money?
Chicago State University Value Report
What is a CSU degree worth? College Factual's value analysis compares CSU with other schools of similar quality to see if it's priced fairly.
Within Illinois, CSU is Ranked Below Average in Quality and is Very Overpriced.
Chicago State University is ranked #54 out of #61 in Illinois for quality and #34 out of #52 for Illinois value.
This means it is below average in educational quality and yet priced much higher than it should be.
Do you qualify for in-state tuition? Check the CSU financial aid page to be sure.
Below Average Value Nationwide
Chicago State University is ranked #1,123 out of 1,472 for value nationwide.
Based on our analysis of other colleges at similar price points, we believe Chicago State University is overpriced for the quality education it provides. (This takes into account average financial aid and may not apply to you if you have further scholarships, grant or aid provided to you.)
Prices of Institutions with Similar Quality Scores
|School||Total Price||Value Grade|
|Tennessee Wesleyan University||$85,519||B|
|University of Valley Forge||$108,646||D+|
|Northwestern State University of Louisiana||$111,304||D|
|Virginia State University||$112,194||D|
|Indiana University - South Bend||$115,934||D|
|Chicago State University||$119,958||D-|
|Eastern Oregon University||$128,581||F|
|Indiana University - Purdue University - Fort Wayne||$133,080||F|
|Concordia University, Texas||$148,899||F|
*Total price is determined by multiplying average annual cost by time to graduate.
Bottom Line: You'll Spend an Estimated $119,958 For That Piece of Paper
The average CSU student's degree will cost an estimated $119,958. This is based on an average price (with and without aid) of $24,088 and a typical 4.98 years to graduate.
|Average Yearly Cost||$24,088|
|Average Years to Graduate||4.98|
|Estimated Avg Total Cost of Degree||$119,958|
Many Factors Affect Net Price
Consider the average CSU student takes 4.98 years to complete their degree. If you can complete your degree faster than that you will save money. This is just one way your CSU degree may cost less than average.
Does This School Make Financial Sense To You?
Net price can vary based on your unique situation.
Look at the table below to determine your likely cost of a bachelor's degree at CSU.
|Nationwide Value by Aid Group||Avg Degree Cost||Value Rank||Value Grade|
|Students with no Aid||$157,851||#1,084||D|
|Only Students Receiving Aid||$111,069||#1,127||D-|
|In-State Value by Aid Group||Avg Degree Cost||Value Rank||Value Grade|
|Students with no Aid||$131,178||#38||D|
|Only Students Receiving Aid||$84,396||#36||D|
Note: the Value Grade for in-state students is calculated by looking only at other schools in the state of Illinois.
About 100% of CSU students receive financial aid. Get more details on what CSU financial aid you may qualify for.
How to Calculate Value
College Factual calculates average total cost by multiplying net price by time to graduation. We then compare the average total cost to other schools of a similar quality to determine value. If the school is priced fairly based on the educational quality it receives a fair ranking. If it is underpriced it receives a good or excellent value.
Read the full Best for the Money Ranking Methodology.