15 Cheapest Federal Universities In Nigeria (Plus Their Location And School Fees)

15 Cheapest Federal Universities In Nigeria

In this post, we'll be seeing a comprehensive list of the cheapest federal universities in Nigeria, including their fees and locations.

Before we being, kindly note that amount being paid as school fees vary from one department to another. For example, most higher institutions charge higher fees for medical and law faculties than the other faculties in the institution. The fees penned down here are just estimates (or average fees), and might also change with time.

Cheapest Nigerian Federal Universities

We wrote the article based on information available as at the time of publishing the post. If you notice any change in your institution's fees, kindly drop us a comment so we verify and update the content.

• Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is a federal government research university in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria. Founded in 1962, it is no doubt, one of the oldest universities in Nigeria. The university has graduated over 800,000 students since its inception, including the likes of Adamu Adamu (Minister of Education), Azubuike Ihejirika (former Chief of Army Staff), Adamu Mu'azu (former Bauchi State governor), Donald Duke (former Cross River state governor), amongst others.

Ahmadu Bello University was ranked No. 1 University in Nigeria for 2017 by the National Universities Commission (NUC). It was ranked 10th in the Webometrics list of top 30 Nigerian Universities based on openness.
Location: Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria
School fees: ₦14,000 – ₦45,000

• Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)

The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta was established on 1st January 1988 by the Federal Government. It is one of the three universities of agriculture in Nigeria, the others being in Makurdi (Benue State) and Umudike (Abia State).
Soma notable alumni of the institution include Japheth J. Omojuwa, Kizz Daniel, Oluseun Onigbinde, amongst others.
Location: Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria
School fees: ₦18,000 – ₦42,000

• University of Ibadan (UI)

The University of Ibadan (UI) is the oldest degree-awarding institution in Nigeria. it was founded in 1998 University College Ibadan, one of many colleges within the University of London and became an independent university in 1963. UI is no doubt, one of the most prestigious universities in Africa. it has through its graduate network, contributed to the political, industrial, economic and cultural development of Nigeria.

It is made up of 92 academic departments organized into 17 faculties namely: Arts, Science, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Agriculture, the Social Sciences, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Technology, Law, Public Health, Dentistry, Economics and Management Sciences, Renewable Natural Resources, Environmental Design and Management, and Multidisciplinary Studies.
Location: Oduduwa Road, Ibadan
School fees: ₦16,000 – ₦39,000

• Bayero University, Kano (BUK)

Founded in 1975 as Bayero University College but later renamed Bayero University, Kano in 1975 after it was upgraded from university college to university. The institution, which prides itself as the first university in Kano is no doubt, one of the best schools attend as an undergraduate.

It has faculties for Allied Health Sciences, Agriculture, Arts, Islamic Studies, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Education, Engineering, Communications, Dentistry, Law, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Earth, Environmental Sciences, Social, Management Science, Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology.
Location: Kano State
School fees: ₦24,000 – ₦60,000

• University of Calabar (UNICAL)

The University of Calabar (UNICAL) is one of Nigeria's second generation federal universities. It was a campus of the University of Nigeria until 1975. UNICAL was one of the foremost Nigerian Universities to automate students' registration processes through the College Portal and has taken a step further to automate her alumni relations which includes an online transcript request and processing first of its kind in the country.

The university has faculties for Allied Medical Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Management Sciences, Education, Social Sciences, Arts, Law, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Environmental Sciences, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Forestry and Wildlife Management. It also has an Institute of Oceanography, Institute of Public Policy and Administration, Bassey Andah Institute for African and Asian Studies, Graduate School amongst others.
Location: Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
School fees: ₦31,000 – ₦43,000

• University of Abuja, Gwagwalada (UNIABUJA)

The University of Abuja was established on January 1, 1988 (under Decree No. 110 of 1992 as amended) as a dual-mode university with the mandate to run conventional and distance learning programmes. Academic work began in the University in 1990 with the matriculation of its pioneer students.

It runs regular degree, diploma, and postgraduate programmes and has faculties for Health Sciences, Arts, Agriculture, Education, Engineering, Law, Science, Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Veterinary Medicine. It also has a School of Post Graduate Studies and School of Remedial Studies.
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
School fees: ₦39,000 – ₦43,000

• National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is not just a regular institution. It is a Federal Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution, the first of its kind in the West African sub-region and the largest institution in Nigeria with more than 580,000 enrolled students spread in 78 study centres across Nigeria.

NOUN was initially established on 22 July 1983 as springboard for open and distance learning in Nigeria. It was suspended by the government on 25 April 1984. However, its resuscitation was begun on 12 April 2001 by the former President of Nigeria, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo. At take-off of the university, pioneer student enrollment stood at 32,400

NOUN offers over 50 programmes and 750 courses but does not provide lectures to students in normal classrooms except some certain study centres, primarily due to constraints known to the University alone and the challenges usually faced by a developing tertiary institution.
Location: Nigeria
School fees: ₦18,000 – ₦36,000

• Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina (FUDMA)

The Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina (FUDMA) was established in 2011, during the administration of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

The institution has eight faculties including the Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering & Technology, Faculty of Management Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Social Sciences and School of General and Preliminary Studies.
Location: Kastina State, Nigeria
School fees: ₦50,000 – ₦64,000

• Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU)

Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (originally the Federal University of Agriculture) was established as a specialized University by a Federal Government of Nigeria Decree No 48 of November 1992. It began formal activities in May 1993 with the appointment of the first Council and Vice-Chancellor Professor Placid C. Njoku.

There are eleven colleges and a school of general studies with fifty-seven departments. Its faculties include; Animal Science and Animal Production, Education, Agricultural Economics, Rural Sociology and Extension, Applied Food Science and Tourism, Crop and Soil Science, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Management Science, Natural Sciences, Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Physical and Applied Science and Veterinary Medicine.
Location: Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria
School fees: ₦42,000 – ₦53,000

• University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)

The University of Port Harcourt was established in 1975 as University College, Port Harcourt and given University status in 1977. It was ranked the sixth in Africa and the first in Nigeria by Times Higher Education (THE) in 2015.

UNIPORT has twelve faculties which include Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Management Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Faculty of Natural and Applied Science, Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences and Faculty of Agriculture.
Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
School fees: ₦92,000 – ₦128,000

• University of Benin (UNIBEN)

The University of Benin was founded in 1970. It started as an Institute of Technology and was accorded the status of a full-fledged University by National Universities Commission (NUC) on 1 July 1971.

The faculties in the institution include; Agriculture, Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Life Sciences, Management Sciences, Pharmacy, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Environmental Science and Center For Entrepreneurship Study.
Location: Benin, Edo State
School fees: ₦12,000 – ₦50,000

• Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA)

The Federal University of Technology Akure (informally FUT Akure or simply FUTA) was founded in 1981. FUTA has been ranked the 8th best university and 1st University Of Technology in Nigeria by webometrics as at 2015.

It has seven schools include; School of Science, School of Earth and Mineral Sciences, School of Environmental Technology, School of Engineering and Engineering Technology, School of Agricultural and Agricultural Technology, School of Management Technology and School of Postgraduate Studies.
Location: Akure, Ondo State
School fees: ₦13,000 – ₦52,000

• Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO)

Established in 1980, the Federal University of Owerri is the Oldest University of Technology in Nigeria. It began with 225 students and 60 staff (28 academic and 32 non-academic) and as at 2012, had grown to more than 21,000 students.

The university has eight colleges; School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (SAAT),  School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET), School of Physical Sciences (SOPS), School of Biological Sciences (SOBS), School of Management and Management Technology (SMAT), School of Health (SOHT), School of Environmental Science (SOES), School of Basic Medical Sciences (SBMS) and School of Information and Communication Technology (SICT).
Location: Owerri, Imo State
School fees: ₦39,000 – ₦62,000

• Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA)

Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA) was founded in 1983. The university specializes in technological education. It is a designated Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering and has a core competence in the development of vaccines and drugs.

As of 2018, the University has 10 schools (faculties) namely; School of Agriculture and Agriculture Technology, School of Electrical Engineering and Technology, School of Infrastructure, Process Engineering and Technology, School of Entrepreneurship and Management Technology, School of Environmental Technology, School of Life Sciences, School of Physical Sciences, School of Information and Communication Technology, School of Technology Education and
School of Post Graduate Studies.
Location: ₦24,000 – ₦50,000
School fees: Minna, Niger State

• University of Lagos (UNILAG)

The University of Lagos is one of the five first generation universities in Nigeria and was founded in 1962. It is ranked among the top universities in the world in major education publications.

UNILAG offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and PhD degrees. It has faculties for Arts, Basic Medical Sciences, Management Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Dental Sciences, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Law, Social Science and Faculty of Science.
Location: ₦14,000 – ₦64,000
School fees: Lagos, Nigeria

Other Affordable Nigerian Universities

The list isn't complete without these schools below:
• Modibbo Adama University Of Technology, Yola (MAUTECH) - ₦15,000 – ₦42,000
• University of Uyo (UNIUYO) - ₦60,000 – ₦70,000
• University of Nigeria(UNN) - ₦40,000 – ₦71,000
• Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK) - ₦20,000 – ₦70,000
• Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) - ₦19,000 – ₦58,000
• University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) -  ₦10,700 – ₦18,300
• Federal University Of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE) - ₦37,000 – ₦80,000

What more? If any of the information listed above is incorrect/misinterpreted or any school is missing from the list, kindly indicate in the comment box below or contact us.
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