Many international students may not be aware about these study abroad options and will be surprised by the affordable costs of the regional universities in the South and Midwest US.


Schools that have the lowest tuition fees for international students

US universities usually charge a higher tuition fee to out-of-state or international students and the cost to study in the U.S. may be steep if travel, visas, and other miscellaneous costs are included. While heavily populated student states such as Massachusetts, California, and New York dominate when it comes to the number of international students, students looking at budget-friendly states can often find good deals in less traditional destinations. 

There are as many as 10 most affordable are regional universities located in the South and Midwest US. The annual costs for international students at these schools may vary from $28,284 to $19,754. Total costs include tuition, fees, and room and board, and sometimes health insurance and transportation too. Here is a list of 10 US universities with the lowest reported total cost for international students in 2020-21.

1. Arkansas State University

Founded in 1909, Arkansas State University is a public research university in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and spread across 1,376 acres. Also, ASU is classified among “R2: Doctoral Universities for high research activities”. The most popular majors at Arkansas State University are Business administration and Management, Biological sciences are sought for the Engineering majors

Location: Jonesboro, Arkansas

U.S. News rank: #61 Regional Universities (South), 298-389, National Universities; #123 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (tie)

Total cost, 2020-21: $26,376

Total undergraduates, fall 2019: 8,928

Learn more about Arkansas State University

2. Auburn University at Montgomery (AL)

This public institution founded in 1967 offers more than 90 programs across bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Auburn’s college of business ranks in the top 5% of business schools in the world.

Location: Montgomery, Alabama

U.S. News rank: 73 (tie), Regional Universities (South)

Total cost, 2020-21: $26,419

Total undergraduates, fall 2019: 4,632

Learn more about Auburn University at Montgomery


3. Purdue University—Northwest (IN)

Purdue University Northwest, a public institution established in 2016 has two campuses and offers a wide range of programs to more than 9400 students. Also, at Purdue University-Northwest, students usually receive need-based scholarship and need-based financial aid or grant award.

Location: Hammond, Indiana

U.S. News rank: 119-156, Regional Universities (Midwest)

Total cost, 2020-21: $26,507

Total undergraduates, fall 2019: 7,717

Learn more about Purdue University—Northwest



4. Southeast Missouri State University

This is one of the oldest public universities established in 1873 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. This university offers more than 200 areas of study and ranked 62 in best value school as per US News ranking. The popular majors are Engineering, Computer and information sciences, biological and biomedical sciences.

Location: Cape Girardeau, Missouri

U.S. News rank: 76 (tie), Regional Universities (Midwest)

Total cost, 2020-21: $26,567 (includes Tuition & General Fees, Books & Supplies, Housing, Meals, Health Insurance and personal expenses)

Total undergraduates, fall 2019: 10,041

Learn more about Southeast Missouri State University


5Murray State University (KY)

Murray State University located in Murray is a public institution that has four academic colleges. The college of business being the largest at Murrey state enrolls 23% of the total undergraduate students. Popular majors include Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences, and physical sciences.

Location: Murray, Kentucky

U.S. News rank: 26 (tie), Regional Universities (South)

Total cost, 2020-21: $25,436

Total undergraduates, fall 2019: 8,242

Learn more about Murray State University

6. California State University—Fresno

This is one of the 23 campuses in the California State University System that had a fall 2020 enrolment of 25341 students. This public university founded in 1911 offers a wide range of majors in Engineering, Computer, and Information sciences

Location: Fresno, California

U.S. News rank: 196 (tie), National Universities

Total cost, 2020-21: $

Total undergraduates, fall 2020: 25,726 (includes Tuition & General Fees, Books & Supplies, Housing, Meals, and personal expenses)

Learn more about California State University—Fresno

7. University of Minnesota Morris

Founded in 1960, the University of Minnesota is part of the University of Minnesota system located in Morris. Popular majors include Computer and Information Sciences, Business, Management, etc.

Location: Morris, Minnesota

U.S. News rank: 140 (tie), National Liberal Arts Colleges

Total cost, 2020-21: $26,914 (includes Tuition & General Fees, Books & Supplies, Housing, Meals, Transportation, and personal expenses) 

Total undergraduates, fall 2019: 1,431

Learn more about the University of Minnesota Morris. '



8. Dakota State University

DSU is a public university founded in 1881, spread across 61 acres, and offers popular majors in Computer management and computer information systems.

Location: Madison, South Dakota

U.S. News rank: #91 in Regional Universities Midwest (tie), #26 in Top Public Schools (tie)

Total cost, 2020-21: $ 19754 (Includes Tuition & Fess, Housing and food service)

Total undergraduates, fall 2020: 2962

Learn more about Dakota State University

9. University of Nebraska—Kearney

This public university founded in 1903 has a campus size of 515 acres and ranks at 33 in regional universities Midwest. 

Location: Kearney, NE

U.S. News rank: #33 in Regional Universities Midwest (tie), #11 in Best Value School

Total cost, 2020-21: $ 24690

Total undergraduates, fall 2020: 6300

Learn more about the University of Nebraska-Kearney

10. Pittsburg State University

Founded in 1903, Pittsburg State University is a public institution in a rural setting, spread across 600 acres. Popular majors include Engineering, Business, Management, social sciences, etc. Students from India may receive up to $6,000 scholarships per year.

Location: Pittsburg, Kansas 

U.S. News rank: #86 in Regional Universities Midwest (tie)

Total cost, 2020-21: $ 28284

Total undergraduates, fall 2019: 6400

Learn more about Pittsburg State University 


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