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Cheapest Federal Universities In Nigeria and Their School Fees

Below is a comprehensive list of the the most affordable and cheapest federal universities (for first-year students) in Nigeria and their school fees. Please note that most of the federal universities charge different school fees for different courses, so the school fees range being listed here is just an estimation (or average).

DISCLAIMER: Please take note that this article only takes cognizance of what the school fees are at the time of writing. If there are already changes to the school fees, please understand and if possible, leave a comment indicating the changes, so that this page can be updated. Also note that the school fees ranges take into account both school fees payable by fresh students and those payable by returning students. Newly admitted students generally pay higher school fees than returning students.

You might also be interested in: Cheapest State Universities In Nigeria

1. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)



Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Senate Building

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is a federal government research university located in Zaria, Kaduna State. ABU was founded on October 4, 1962, as the University of Northern Nigeria.

The university operates two campuses: Samaru (main) and Kongo in Zaria. There is also pre-degree School located in Funtua few kilometres away from main campus owned by the university.

The Samaru campus houses the administrative offices, faculties of; sciences, social-sciences, arts and languages, education, environmental design, engineering, medical sciences. agricultural sciences and research facilities. The Kongo campus hosts the faculties of Law and Administration.

The Faculty of Administration consists of Accounting, Business Administration, Local Government and Development Studies and Public Administration Departments. Additionally, the university is responsible for a variety of other institutions and programs at other locations.

School Fees Range: ₦14,000 – ₦45,000

Recommended: ABU School Fees

2. University of Ibadan (UI)


The International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan

The University of Ibadan (UI) is the oldest and one of the most prestigious Nigerian universities, and is located five miles (8 kilometres) from the centre of the major city of Ibadan in Western Nigeria.

Besides the College of Medicine, there are now eleven other faculties: Arts , Science, Agriculture and Forestry, Social Sciences, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Technology, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Dentistry. The University has residential and sports facilities for staff and students on campus, as well as separate botanical and zoological gardens.

School Fees Range: ₦16,000 – ₦39,000

Recommended: UI School Fees

3. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)



The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, or FUNAAB, (FUNAAB) was established on 1 January 1988 by the Federal Government when four universities of technology, earlier merged in 1984, were demerged. This led to the creation of the first two universities of agriculture in Abeokuta and Makurdi.

The university is one of the three universities of agriculture in Nigeria, the other being in Makurdi (Benue State) and Umudike (Abia State). The university started at its mini-campus in Isale-Igbein in the heart of Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.

In December 1997 it moverd to its permanent site on a 10,000-hectare campus which is located next to the Ogun-Oshun River Basin Development Authority on the Abeokuta-Ibadan road in the North Eastern end of the city, 15 km from Abeokuta City Centre.

School Fees Range: ₦18,000 – ₦42,000

Recommended: FUNAAB School Fees

4. Bayero University, Kano (BUK)


BUK Entrance

Bayero University Kano (BUK) is a university situated in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria. It was founded in 1977, when it was renamed from Bayero University College and upgraded from university college to university.

It has Faculties of Agriculture, Arts and Islamic Studies, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, Earth and Environmental Studies, Pharmacy, Social, Management Science and the recent Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology.

Research Centers include: Center for Dryland Agriculture, Center for Biotechnology Research, Center for Renewable Energy and Center for the Study of Nigerian Languages among others.

School Fees Range: ₦24,000 – ₦60,000

Recommended: BUK School Fees

5. University of Calabar (UNICAL)


University of Calabar Campus

The University of Calabar – also known as UNICAL – is a university situated in Calabar, Cross River State, southeastern Nigeria. It is one of Nigeria’s second generation federal universities.

The University of Calabar was a campus of the University of Nigeria until 1975. The architecture was designed by John Elliott. It was established by decree to fulfill this traditional mandate, its motto “Knowledge for Service”.

The male students are known as Malabites, while the female students are Malabresses. The male hostel is called Malabo. This was a result of challenges faced by the students at a time which coincided with the suffering experienced in Malabo by Nigerian deportees from Equatorial Guinea (whose capital is Malabo) at the time.

School Fees Range: ₦31,000 – ₦43,000

Recommended: UNICAL School Fees

6. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada (UNIABUJA)


UNIABUJA Senate Building

The University of Abuja in the Nigerian capital 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.

The Law Faculty being the pride of the University of Abuja, is known for having one of the most Organised Student Representative Councils (LAWSAN) in the Country.

The university has its mini campus in Gwagwalada, Abuja, Nigeria and a permanent site covering about 11,824 hectares located along the Kaduna – Lokoja – Abuja Road. The Permanent site is home to the Faculties of Arts, Science, Management Science Veterinary medicine, Agriculture and Engineering with the College of medicine and contains the university senate and other administrative building. The mini campus is still the temporary location to the Faculties of education social science, and law.

School Fees Range: ₦39,000 – ₦43,000

Recommended: UNIABUJA School Fees

7. Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto (UDUSOK)


UDUSOK University Auditorium

Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK, formerly University of Sokoto) is one of the initial twelve federal universities in Nigeria founded in 1975. It is in the ancient city of Sokoto. The school is named after Usman Dan Fodio, the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate.

The main campus houses the administrative offices, sciences, social sciences, agriculture, arts and languages, education and research facilities. The city campus hosts the college of health sciences and school of veterinary medicine. A third site host the modern university teaching hospital.

There is a fourth site built during the last administration Bafarawa of Sokoto State under the leadership of Alh. Attahiru Bafarawa. This site houses the School of Matriculation Studies where students opting for the Remedial Studies are admitted and taught before enrollment in the university (provided they have passed the exams).

School Fees Range: ₦24,000 – ₦54,000

Recommended: UDUSOK School Fees

8. National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)


National Open University Of Nigeria Headquarters in Lagos

The National Open University of Nigeria is a Federal Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution, the first of its kind in the West African sub-region. It is Nigeria’s largest tertiary institution in terms of student numbers and is popularly referred to as ‘NOUN’.

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.

The study centre in Lagos for instance provides lectures to all its Law undergraduates and supplies necessary course materials to all students after the payment of tuition fees. All courses offered have been accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

School Fees Range: ₦18,000 – ₦36,000

Recommended: NOUN School Fees

9. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina (FUDMA)


Federal University, Dutsin-Ma Campus

Federal University Dutsin-Ma built by the administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was founded in February 2011 and is located in Katsina state.

The school has eight faculties which include: 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.

School Fees Range: ₦50,000 – ₦64,000

Recommended: FUDMA School Fees

10. University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT)


UNIPORT Senate Building

The University of Port Harcourt is a university in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt. It was established in 1975 as University College, Port Harcourt, and was given university status in 1977.

UNIPORT has ten 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 and Faculty of Agriculture.

School Fees Range: ₦92,000 – ₦128,000

Recommended: UNIPORT School Fees

11. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU)


Michael Okpara University of Agriculture NDDC Hostel

The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, originally the Federal University of Agriculture, is a federal university in Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria established as a specialized University by a Federal Government of Nigeria Decree No 48 of November 1992.

The institution is located in the Agricultural Training and Research city of Umudike, about 10 kilometers from Umuahia (capital of Abia State). The major link road to the University is the Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene Federal Road, a direct route to the State capitals of Abia Akwa-Ibom and Cross River States.

The first set of students were admitted into the institution during the 1993/94 academic year with a student population of 82. The nickname “Umudykes” or “U’dykers” refers to students, alumni, and sports teams of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture.

School Fees Range: ₦42,000 – ₦53,000

Recommended: MOUAU School Fees

12. University of Benin (UNIBEN)


University of Benin Auditorium

The Great University of Benin – also known as UNIBEN – is one of Nigeria’s first generation federal universities. 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.

Following NUC’s directives, the university experimented with the Collegiate System in 1991/92 and 1992/93. However, in the light of new developments, the university reverted to the Faculty System in January 1994. Presently, the university essentially operates the Faculty System except for the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Basic Medical Sciences, and Institute of Child Health, which reverted to the Collegiate System in August 1999, with a Provost as its administrative head.

The faculties include Agriculture, Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Life Sciences, Management Sciences, Pharmacy, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Environmental Science and Center For Entrepreneurship Study.

School Fees Range: ₦12,000 – ₦50,000

Recommended: UNIBEN School Fees

13. Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO)


FUTO Entrance

Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA) is a Federal Government established post-secondary educational institution located in Minna, Nigeria.

FUTMINNA specializes in technological education. The University is a designated Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering and has a core competence in the development of vaccines and drugs.

FUTO has nine schools which include School of Agriculture and Agriculture Technology, School of Engineering and Engineering 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.

School Fees Range: ₦39,000 – ₦62,000

Recommended: FUTO School Fees

14. Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA)


Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) Entrance Gate

The Federal University of Technology Akure (informally known as FUTA) was founded in 1981 under a drive by the government of Nigeria to create universities that specialised in producing graduates with practical as well as theoretical knowledge of technologies. It is located in Akure.

Federal University of Technology Akure has been ranked the 8th best university and 1st University Of Technology in Nigeria by webometrics as at 2015.

FUTA has seven schools which 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.

School Fees Range: ₦13,000 – ₦52,000

Recommended: FUTA School Fees

15. Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA)



Federal University of Technology Minna (FUTMINNA) is a Federal Government established post-secondary educational institution located in Minna, Nigeria.

FUTMINNA specializes in technological education. The University is a designated Centre of Excellence in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering and has a core competence in the development of vaccines and drugs.

FUTMINNA was founded in 1983, and the first Vice-Chancellor was Professor J.O. Ndagi who served from 1983 to 1990. In the beginning, the University took over the facilities of the former Government Teachers’ College Bosso, for use on a permanent basis. This site now serves as the Bosso Campus of the University. The main campus gidan kwano which is sited on a 10,650 hectares of land is located along the Minna – Kataeregi – Bida Road.

School Fees Range: ₦24,000 – ₦50,000

Recommended: FUTMINNA School Fees

16. Modibbo Adama University Of Technology, Yola (MAUTECH)


Modibbo Adama University Of Technology, Yola (MAUTECH)

The Modibbo Adama University Of Technology, Yola (MAUTECH) formally known as Federal University of Technology Yola is a research intensive university located in Yola, the capital city of Adamawa State in Northeastern Nigeria.

It is one of the 27 universities part of the federal government university system and one of only 4 federal technology universities established with the sole purpose of advancing science based research.

The school boasts of several facilities which serve as research, student welfare, and recreation and for academic and training purposes. these include: University Lodges, University Primary and Secondary Schools, Commercial Guest House, FUTY Table Water, FUTY Farm, ERRICSSON Research centre, CHEVRON Biotech Centre, Veterinary Clinic and Research Centre, Computer Centre, Medical Centre, Centre for Distance Learning, Centre for Equipment Maintenance and Industrial Training, Students Centre, University Multipurpose Centre, University Sports Centre, ICT Centre, etc.

School Fees Range: ₦15,000 – ₦42,000

Recommended: MAUTECH School Fees

17. University of Lagos (UNILAG)


UNILAG Senate Building

The University of Lagos – popularly known as UNILAG – is a federal government research university in Lagos State, southwestern Nigeria. The university has remained one of the most competitive in the country in terms of admissions. Notwithstanding, with approximately 57,000 students as of 2013, the University of Lagos has one of the largest student populations of any university in the country.

The main campus is located at Akoka, Yaba, while the Medical Campus of the College of Medicine is located a few kilometers from the main campus at Idi-Araba, Surulere, all on the Lagos mainland. The university has many other residential facilities and services for both staff and students.

The University of Lagos has fourteen academic units comprising a broad range of professional faculties and schools. Most faculties are located on the main campus except the Faculties of Pharmacy, Clinical Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences and Dental Sciences, which are located within the College of Medicine in Idi Araba.

School Fees Range: ₦14,000 – ₦64,000

Recommended: UNILAG School Fees

18. University of Uyo (UNIUYO)


UNIUYO Postgraduate School

The University of Uyo (UNIUYO) was formerly known as the University of Cross River State (UNICROSS). On October 1, 1991 the federal government of Nigeria established it as a federal university and the name was changed to the University of Uyo.

UNIUYO has about 13 faculties and is expanding. Its four campuses include: The Permanent Site/Main Campus which accommodates Parts of Central Administration, Faculties of Engineering and Natural and Applied Sciences, International Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability Research (ICEESR), and the Postgraduate School; The Town Campus which accommodates Faculties of Arts, Education, Social Sciences, Pharmacy; The Annex Campus, home for the Faculties of Agriculture, Business Administration, Law, Engineering, Environment Studies and General Studies and The Ime Umana Campus, Ediene Abak, which accommodates the Pre-Degree, JUPEB and other special courses.

School Fees Range: ₦60,000 – ₦70,000

Recommended: UNIUYO School Fees

19. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)


UNN Nnamdi Azikiwe Main Library

The University of Nigeria, commonly referred to as UNN, is a federal university located in Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria. Founded by Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955 and formally opened on 7 October 1960, the University of Nigeria has three campuses – Nsukka, Enugu and Ituku-Ozalla – located in Enugu State.

The University of Nigeria was the first full-fledged indigenous and first autonomous university in Nigeria, modelled upon the American educational system.

It is the first land-grant university in Africa and one of the five elite universities in the country. The university has 15 Faculties and 102 academic departments. The University offers 82 undergraduate programs and 211 postgraduate programmes. The university celebrated its 55th anniversary on October 2015.

School Fees Range: ₦40,000 – ₦71,000

Recommended: UNN School Fees

20. Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK)


UNIZIK Awka Campus

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK) is a Federal university in Nigeria. Its main campus is located in the southeastern part of Nigeria in Anambra State’s capital, Awka, and a second campus is at Nnewi.

The university offers a diverse range of courses of study, including Arts, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Management Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, African Languages, European Languages, and Education.

Nnamdi Azikiwe University is founded on the philosophy that knowledge should be propagated and disseminated to individuals without let or hindrance.

School Fees Range: ₦20,000 – ₦70,000

Recommended: UNIZIK School Fees

21. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)


OAU Central Library

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is a federal government owned and operated Nigerian university. The university is in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.

The university was founded in 1961 and classes commenced in October 1962 as the University of Ife by the regional government of Western Nigeria, led by late chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola, and was renamed Obafemi Awolowo University on 12 May 1987 in honour of Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909–1987), first premier of the Western Region of Nigeria, whose brainchild the university was.

Obafemi Awolowo University offers undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in fields of specialization spanning the humanities, the arts, the natural sciences, the social sciences, the medical sciences, engineering and technology.

School Fees Range: ₦19,000 – ₦58,000

Recommended: OAU School Fees

22. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)


UNILORIN University Library

The University of Ilorin, also known as UNILORIN was established by a decree of the Federal Military Government in 1975 and is a federal government owned tertiary institution of education located in Ilorin, Kwara State, western Nigeria.

The ancient city of Ilorin, capital of Kwara State, is about 300 km fromLagos and 500 km from Abuja, the country’s administrative capital. In August 2014, the school was ranked as the best university in Nigeria by 4icu.

From three faculties in 1976, today there are fifteen faculties: Arts (1976), Education (1976), Engineering & Technology (1978), Agriculture (1982), Law (1993, after an initial start-up in 1983), Basic Medical Sciences (2004), Clinical Sciences (2004) Communication and Information Sciences (2008), Veterinary Medicine (2009), Pharmaceutical Science (2010), and Life Science; Physical Science; Environmental Science; Management Sciences; and Social Sciences in (2013).

School Fees Range: ₦10,700 – ₦18,300

Recommended: UNILORIN School Fees

23. Federal University Of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE)


FUPRE Campus

The Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun (FUPRE) in Delta State, Nigeria was established and approved by the Federal Executive Council meeting of 14 March, 2007 and admitted its first set of undergraduates in 2008.

The university was established under the Federal Government of Nigeria initiative to build a specialized university in the Niger Delta to produce manpower and expertise for the oil and gas sector.

The National Universities Commission(NUC) approved sharing of facilities between the Petroleum Training Institute Effurun and FUPRE until it moved to its permanent site on development of its main campus at Ugbomro, Uvwie Local Government Area.

School Fees Range: ₦37,000 – ₦80,000

Recommended: FUPRE School Fees

You might also be interested in: Cheapest State Universities In Nigeria

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  • Uchenna Blaise

    which school is more cheaper in the south east

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  • Esther

    Did I need a jamb regularisation for direct entry into 200 level in unilorin

  • Mansoor

    I'm now studying at cas kano (I want to join university via ijmb)
    I wish I will be at BUK... AMEEN 🙏

  • Abdulrahman Saanu

    Please want to do jamb this year which University is good for N D A

  • Adegbola Stella

    I want to apply for biochemistry in futa with this result,mths:b3, eng:c4,chem:c4,phy:c5,bio:b3,agric:b2,ecos:c5,anihusb:c4,civ:e8

    1. Ayobami Sammytop

      Bro/sis your O'level doesn't matter,in as much you have a five credit pass in the compulsory subject,then you have to do well in your jamb(at least above 230)then you must have a minimum of 60% in your postutme ...Haven done this,then you are good to go..

  • Chioma Favour

    I want to sit for jamb which university is more cheaper in the south east

  • David Elijah

    I prefer ilorin cause no sponsor but i believe God can do it sure

    1. Benedict Nnainim

      Same here dear, only God

    2. Lucky Bestman

      Me too

    3. Joseph Elogbo

      Is that truly the school fee range?

    4. Uchenna Blaise

      How much is there fees

  • Adetunji Ademiju Micheal

    Please am I going to be paying this amount every semester, and are you sure this is the amount
    Because I want to sponsor my self this no helper, and I want to go to university of ibadan

  • Victor Ezekiel

    pls what can i study with this O,level subjects or i should rewrite maths before applying school? GOV,,,C4
    I,C,T,,,C5 AGRIC,,,A2. GEO,,C6 CRS,,,C6

    1. Lucky Bestman

      Rewrite it
      Mine was p7 in English
      I am rewriting oo

  • Ighoshemusua Difference

    Hello.....i live in delta...I wanna write jamb next year which university is more cheaper in delta?and how is the registration fees