Public tertiary education in Nigeria is plagued with lack of funds, poor infrastructure, students unrest and incessant strike actions that often disrupt academic calendars.
These and many other issues are the reasons why parents who have the means choose to send their children to private universities, where the system is believed to be a lot better.
The first set of private universities in Nigeria emerged in 1999 and 19 years after, the country has got over 40 private tertiary institutions with more springing up.
Here are some of the most expensive universities in Nigeria and their tuition fees.
1. Igbinedion University
Located in Okada, Edo state, Igbinedion University is the first private tertiary institution in Nigeria. The institution is owned by the Igbinedion royal family of Benin Kingdom and its tuition fees range from N715,000 to N3,000,000 for the 2018/2018 academic session.
2. Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti
Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, (ABUAD) is one of the few private universities in Nigeria that is not owned or financed by a religious group.
It was established in 2009 by a renowned lawyer and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Afe Babalola. In the 2017/2018 academic session, the university has its tuition fees ranging from N872,000 to N1,747,000.
3. Babcock University
This university was established by the Seventh Day Adventist Church in 1959 as Adventist College of West Africa (ACWA) but got accreditation in 1999. The school is located in Ilishan Remo, Ogun State. Depending on the course, the tuition fee is between N600,000 and N992,300.
4. Bowen University
Bowen University is owned and operated by the Nigerian Baptist Convention. The institution is based in Iwo, Osun State and charges between N535,000 and N1,725,000.
5. Crawford University
Founded in 2005 by Paul Akazue, Crawford University is a private Christian University owned by the Apostolic Faith Mission. Crawford’s tuition ranges between N400,000 to N6,000,000.
6. Lead City University
Located in the largest city in Nigeria, Ibadan, Lead City was established in 2005 University was established in 2005 and its fees range from N160,000 to N625,000.
7. Caleb University
Caleb University, based in Lagos was established in January 2008 by Prince Oladega Adebogun. The tuition for the 2018/2019 academic session at Caleb University starts from nothing less than N230,000 per semester.
8. Ajayi Crowther University
Founded in 2005 by the Anglican Communion, the university is located in Oyo state and its fees range from N195,600 to N670,000.
9. Benson Idahosa University
Popularly known as BUI, Benson Idahosa University, established in 2002 is a private, Christian educational institution, located in Benin City, Edo state.
In its 2017/2018 fees schedule, the institution pegged its tuition between N297,300 and N1,179,000 depending on the course.
10. Joseph Ayo Babalola University
JABU as the university is fondly called was established in 2006 by the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide. The university is located in Ikeji-Arakeji in Osun State. The university's 2017/2018 tuition fee range from N220,000 to N800,00.
11. Covenant University
Established in February 2002, Covenant University was established by Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide. The University is located in Otta, Ogun state and its 2017/2018 fees range from N817,500 to N882,500.
12. Achievers University
Achievers University (AU) was established in 2007 and is located in Owo, Ondo state. The 2017/2018 tuition fees of the institution is between N270,000 and N600,000 depending of the course.
13. Novena University
Novena University was established in 2005 by Chuks Ochonogor in Delta state. The university charges between a range of N450,000 to N564,000 as tuition fees.
14. Adeleke University
Adeleke University is a private tertiary institution located in Ede, a town in Osun State. The university is owned by Adedeji Adeleke, father of David Adeleke, (Davido) an award-winning musician. The tuition fees of this institution are between N636,800 and N867,300.
15. Rhema University
Rhema University is a faith-based founded in 2009 in the city of Aba in Abia State. The tuition fee for freshers at the university is between N452,000 and N464,000.
16. Baze University
This higher institution was established in 2011 and it's based in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The school was established former senator from Zaria, Sen. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed
Baze University is one of the most expensive in Nigeria as its tuition for Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences is pegged at N2,500,000.
17. American University of Nigeria
The American University of Nigeria is a private university in northeastern Nigeria that offers American style higher education programs. The school is situated in Yola and it is believed to be one of the very expensive universities in the country as it has its tuition around N310,000.00 including meals and accommodation. The university is reportedly owned by the former Vice-President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
18. Nile University of Nigeria
Founded in 2009 in Abuja, Nile University of Nigeria is a private university which is said to be the first of Nigerian-Turkish international Colleges. The 2017/2018 tuition fees of this university are between ₦1,700,000 and ₦5,750,000 depending on the course.
19. Redeemer's University
Redeemer's University is one of the prominent faith-based tertiary institutions in Nigeria. It was established in 2005 by the General Overseer of the Redeemed Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
For its 2017/2018 academic session, the university charges between N 563,000 and N823,000.
20. Bells University of Technology
Bells University of Technology also known as Bellstech is the first private university of technology established in Nigeria. It was established in 2004.
The University was established in 2004 by former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and it is situated in Otta Ogun state. The tuition fees range from N553,000 to N643,000 for 100 level students.