Top 10 Cheap Universities in Nigeria for Jambites in 2021

The cost of tertiary institution has skyrocketed in the past few years. Most students tend to opt to public universities due to their low prices when compared to the private counterpart.

There’re cheap universities in Nigeria with sound educational facilities but the quality is something I can’t beat my chest on when compared to private universities which are obviously more expensive but often have better educational facilities.

If you’re in high school, about to graduate you don’t know which university to choose? There’re many conditions or factors to lookout for before choosing a university. The fees, courses, location, academic staff, prestige value of the university etc., are factors to thoroughly look into.

In case you don’t have any scholarship or person to fund your study, here is a comprehensive list of the best cheap universities in Nigeria.

Cheap Universities in Nigeria

Top 10 Cheap Universities in Nigeria

Below are our top 10 list of the best universities in Nigeria with the lowest school fees.

Any one of these schools is easily a good pick for the cheapest federal university in Nigeria.

Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK)

Nnamdi Azikiwe University is a Federal University in Nigeria well known as UNZIK located at Enugu Onitsha Expressway, Anambra. It became a well renounce Federal University in 1992 after detaching as a branch of the now-defunct Anambra State university also know as ASUTECH.

The university was named after the first President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe. It has three campuses, Akwa which is the major campus while Nnewi and Agulu are the other two campuses.

The official site of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) doesn’t post the official price of their tuition fee for some reason but from our investigation conducted the school fees for new students at UNIZIK is 65,920 for Science student, nonscience student pay 60,920 while for returning students pay 20,100

The school currently has fourteen accredited faculties and it’s popularly known as one of the most affordable university in Nigeria offering quality education to its students. The university offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses which include:

  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Biosciences
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environment Science
  • Health Science and Technology
  • Law
  • Management Science
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical science
  • Physical sciences
  • Social Science

Some of the prominent people in the society who had studied in UNIZIK (alumni) include Oge Okoye, Mike Ezuruonye, Uche Ekwunife, Sharon Francis, Ekene Onyilogwu commonly known as Drenco and Ken Eric Ugo and many other.


Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zari is a Federal government research university located in Zaria, Kaduna State which was one of the first-generation tertiary university established in the post-independence era in Nigeria was founded on October 4, 1962, as University of Northern Nigeria.

The school is one of the best cheap universities in Nigeria as far as I know. They are recognized as one of the best in the Northern part of the country for obvious reasons, and this includes their high standard learning culture and the excellent calibre of lecturer and had maintained her status and undoubtedly as one of the best universities in Nigeria.

The University is one of the oldest in has produced prominent personalities like Lamido Sanusi, Atiku Abubakar, Nanadi Sambo, Umar Musa Yaradua, Mohammed Adoke, Atahiru Jega, Patrick Yakowa, Theophililus Dabjuma, Jerry Gana and many others. The university majorly has two campuses, the main campus is Samaru campus while the other campus is Kongo.

The samara campus includes the administration offices, faculties of sciences, social sciences, arts and language, education, environmental design, engineering, medical sciences, agricultural sciences and research facilities while the Kongo campus hosts the faculties of law and Administration.

The school fee is based on the complexities of the courses as well as the materials needed to teaches them. Fresher that is UTME and direct entry candidates pay between 22,000 to 44,000 while returning students (200- 500leves students) pay between the range of 14,000 to 39,500 depending on your choice of course

The school presently has twelve accredited faculties and offer qualities programs for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses which include:

  • Agriculture
  • Engineering
  • Public and Business Administration
  • Environmental Design
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Education
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Law and Social Sciences



UI is easily the cheapest university in Nigeria. The institution has managed to maintain an excellent academic performance since it was established in 1948. They also boast of having the highest numbers of professors in west Africa.

University of Ibadan is one of the oldest tertiary institution in the country which is located at five miles (8 kilometres) from the centre of the major city of the state Ibadan in the western part of Nigeria. It’s a home of study for indigene, non-indigene and also foreigners and can boast of state-of-the-art classrooms for lecturers.

The university is one of the best for postgraduate study for many students. The tuitions fee ranges from 16,000 to 39,000 depending on the nature of the course.

Most great men and women are alumnus of this institution like Chinua Achebe, Emeka Anyaoku, Bola Ige, Wole Soyinka, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Bimbo Odukoya, Iya Abubakar, Christopher Okigbo, Iyabo Obasanjo, Olagnsoye Oyinlola, Oweye Andrew Azazi, Elcechi Amadi and many others.

Presently the school has 13 accredited faculties and offer courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate, the faculties include;

  • Art
  • Science
  • Medicine
  • Social Science
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Agriculture
  • Renewable Natural Resources
  • Law
  • Education
  • Technology
  • Public Health
  • Dentistry
  • Environment management


The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUAAAB)

For the cheapest federal university, another worthy mention is the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta.

This is without doubt among the best cheap universities in Nigeria. They are renowned for having a fast academic calendar.

The university was founded on 1st of January 1988 by the apex government of Nigeria when the four different technology universities in the country merged in 1984 and later demerged which brought about the creation of the first two agricultural universities in Nigeria which are located in Abeokuta and Makurdi.

Currently, we have 3 University of Agriculture in Nigeria which is located in Abeokuta, Makurdi and Benue state. Apart from the fact, the institution is agriculture-oriented with top-notch infrastructure, the tuition fee per department is relatively cheap.

Isale-Igbein is the first place where the school campus starts which is located in the heart of the state capital Ogunstate. Later on, in 1997 the school expand and moved its mini campus to their permanent site which is of 10.000 hectares of land located next to the Ogun-Oshun River. Development Authority on the Abeokuta-Ibadan road in the North Eastern end of the city, 15km from Abeokuta City Centre.

The university can boast of Few prominent personalities include the like of Japheth J. Omojuwa which is a social commentator and blogger, Olusen Onigbinde which is a Techpreneur etc. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta school fee is estimated to be around 18, 250 to 33,000 depending on the department. The school has 5 colleges, namely:

  • College of Agricultural Management
  • College of Animal Science and Livestock Production
  • College of Environmental Resources Management
  • College of Natural Science
  • College of Plant Science and Crop Production


Bayero University, Kano (BUK)

Bayero University may not be popular compare to other tertiary institution but till fall as one of the cheapest university in Nigeria, north.

The university was established in 1977, though it’s was formerly existing as a college of education before it was then changed to university. It’s located at the heart beast of the most populous state in Nigeria, kano.

Buk has over 10 faculties which include:

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Arts and Islamic Studies
  • Faculty Education
  • Faculty Engineering
  • Faculty Law
  • Faculty Medicine
  • Faculty Science
  • Faculty Earth and Environmental Studies
  • Faculty Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Social
  • Faculty of Management Science
  • Faculty of Computer Science
  • Faculty of information technology

The following are prominent personalities of the institution:  Zaynab Alkali, Mansur Dan Ali( Minister of defence), Farouk Lawan, Moses Ochonu, Yushau Shuaiba, Ahmad Sani Yerima( Former Governor, Zamfara State), Jamila Tangaza ( former head, BBC Hausa) and many others. Presently the school of BUK is estimated to be 33,000.


University of Calabar (UNICAL)

The University of Calabar also known as UNICAL is one of the second-generation universities in Nigeria that fall as one of the best federal university that is cheap with low tuition fee which offers excellent academic service till date.

The university is located in Calabar, Cross River State, Southeastern Nigeria. UNICAL was established in 1975 by decree to fulfil this tradition mandate, its motto “Knowledge for Service” which is known to offer excellent academic service till date.

The male students in the school are called Malabites while the female students are called Malabresses. The hostel for males is called the Malabo which is as a result of the challenges faced by the students which coincide during the time Nigerians are deported from the crisis capital Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

The school can boast of prominent men and women in the society which include Ini Edo, John James Akpan Udo-Edehe, Stephanie Okereke Linus, Godswill Obot Akpabio, Reuben Abati and many other. The school tuition fee is estimated at 35,000 and it’s offer accredited courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate programs into these faculties:

  • Faculty of Art
  • Applied Medical Science
  • Basic Medical Science
  • Dentistry
  • Management Science
  • Biological Science
  • Physical Science
  • Education
  • Social Science
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Pharmacy
  • Agriculture


The University of Abuja, Gwagwalada (UNIABUJA)

UNIABUJA is located in the federal capital territory of Nigeria, Abuja which was created on 1st of January 1988 under the Decree No.110 of 1992 as amended to carry out dual-mode learning with the main aim to run as a convention and distance learning programmes.

The university was rated among the top 10 universities in Nigeria by the National University Commission (NUC) as a result of it hard work in educational reform coupled with an upgrade in its educational facilities. The school has its mini campus in Gwagwalada, Abuja Nigeria while the permanent site is along the Kaduna-lLokojaAbuja Road having a land capacity of 11,824 hectares.

The permanent site houses the following faculties which include Arts, Science, Management Science, Veterinary medicine, Agriculture and Engineering with College of medicine and houses the senate and administrative building while the mini campus which also the temporary site contains faculties of education, social science and law. The school fee of UNIABUJA is estimated to be 36,000.

The university can boast of standard courses under the following faculties, such as

  • Faculty of Art
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Health Science
  • Faculty of education
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
  • Faculty of Management Science
  • Faculty of Social Science
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine


Usman Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS)

Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto is popularly known as UDUS, is one of the foremost Northern cheap universities in Nigeria located in the ancient city of Sokoto. Its name after the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate Usman Dan Fodio and one of the twelve Federal universities in Nigeria established in 1975 in the ancient city of Sokoto.

It offers Islamic studies, remedial for school leavers and four years programmes for undergraduates with a tuition fee of 37,00. The main campus contains the administrative offices, science, social science, agriculture, arts and languages, education and research facilities while the city campus contains the college of health sciences and school of veterinary medicine while the third houses the modern university teaching hospital

The university offer programmes into the following facilities which include:

  • Faculty of Social Science
  • Faculty of Arts and Language
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Agriculture


Federal University of Technology, Minna Niger State

The University was formerly a Federal Government established post-secondary educational institution which was located in Minna, Niger State. The university is located in Niger State, Northcentral Nigeria which was established in 1983 and has been committed in training student in the areas of science and technology.

As one of the leading Science and Technology University, the university specializes in technological education which is a Centre of Excellence in biotechnology and Genetic Angering and has a core competence in the development of drugs and vaccines.

The first Chancellor of the university was Professor J.O. Ndagi who served from 1983 to 1990. The university has two campuses, the temporary site which is located at Bosso which was originally occupied by Former Government Teachers’ College Bosso, the site now Bosso campus for the University while the permanent site Gidan Kwano which is the main campus is located along the Minna-kataeregi sited on a 10,650 hectares land capacity.

Few Notable alumni of FUTMINNA are Kemi Adesoye, Arc. Mrs Dooshima Yemisi Suswan, Paul Ikechukwu Obiefule and many others. The school is estimated to be 49,000 and offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes into these schools which includes;

  • School of Agriculture and Agriculture Technology
  • School of Infrastructure, Process and Engineering Technology
  • School of Electrical Engineering Technology
  • School of Entrepreneurship and Management Technology
  • School of Environmental Technology
  • School of Life Sciences
  • School of Physical Sciences


Federal University, Dustin-Ma, Katsina (FUDMA)

The University was established in February during the administration of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and located in Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State, Nigeria

The tuition fee is estimated to be 41,000 and it’s offer courses for both undergraduate and postgraduate student into the following faculties which include;

  • Faculty of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology
  • Faculty of Arts, Management and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science and Education


To Wrap it Up

There you have it – the top 10 Cheap Universities in Nigeria for Jambites in 2021.

Last year wasn’t exactly the best of years for many of us with the whole coronavirus saga, lockdown, ASUU strike and all. Thankfully, the strike has been called off, and schools are slowing resuming academic work.

I really hope you found this post useful. As you can see, this article was mainly focused on finding the cheapest federal university in Nigeria. I hope to talk about the best private universities in Nigeria soon.

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