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Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

North Carolina State University at Raleigh tuition is $6,407 per year for in-state residents. This is 6% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $6,841. The cost is 64% cheaper than the average North Carolina tuition of $17,703 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 19th in North Carolina amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 51st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $23,926 which represents a 273% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,473 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $8,880.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,635 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Raleigh should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,082.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,442 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,442 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state North Carolina residents to go to NC State is $23,039 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have North Carolina residence can expect a one year cost of $40,558.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 IPEDS survey response for North Carolina State University at Raleigh and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Estimated Budgets
North Carolina Resident Total Budget $23,039
   In-State Tuition$6,407
   Other Fees$2,473
   Room and Board$10,635
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,442
   Books and Supplies$1,082
Non-Resident Total Budget $40,558
   Out-of-State Tuition$23,926
   Other Fees$2,473
   Room and Board$10,635
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,442
   Books and Supplies$1,082

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What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $23,039 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported NC State net price for in-state students is $13,579* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

53% of North Carolina State University at Raleigh students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $10,081. 19 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,122. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend North Carolina State University at Raleigh, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$13,579*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid53%
Average Total Grant Aid$10,081
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants19%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,122

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$6,451
$30,001 to $48,000$8,781
$48,001 to $75,000$13,118
$75,001 to $110,000$18,157
$110,000+$20,692

Average Financial Aid Mix - $23,039 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,039. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

49%
26%
25%

Grants and Scholarships

 49% - $10,081

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, North Carolina State University at Raleigh or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 26% - $5,306

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 25% -  $5,210

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.


*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if NC State is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 86/100 for North Carolina State University at Raleigh. Considering an average net price paid of $9,847, this leads to an overall value ranking of 84/100. This places the school 15th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. North Carolina State University at Raleigh
University of Maryland College Park29.8% more expensive
Clemson University109.4% more expensive
University of Georgia46.2% more expensive
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus176.1% more expensive
Penn State Main Campus164.6% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at North Carolina State University at Raleigh.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at NC State is $92,156 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $9,847 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $39,388**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $115,195 or $49,235 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at North Carolina State University at Raleigh.

North Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,204
North Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,520
Non-North Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$11,963
Non-North Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$20,279

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at North Carolina State University at Raleigh are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Price per credit hour for North Carolina residents$218
Cost for one class for North Carolina residents (3 credit hours)$654
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$816
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,448
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,264

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Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 43% of North Carolina State University at Raleigh students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,306. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $22,626.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for North Carolina State University at Raleigh? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $39,388, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $48,871.48. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at North Carolina State University at Raleigh. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 53% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $9,847. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our North Carolina State University at Raleigh student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

North Carolina State University at Raleigh Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$407.26
Amount Borrowed$39,388.00
Interest Rate4.4%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$9,483.48
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$48,871.48

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend NC State? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending North Carolina State University at Raleigh, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $48,871.48 would be needed to afford a $407.26 monthly payment in the example $39,388.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to North Carolina State University at Raleigh in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,153 to $6,407. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.9%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $92,156.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for North Carolina State University at Raleigh.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2023$31,684$126,736
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2028$40,438$161,751
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2033 $51,610$206,440
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2036 $59,745$238,980

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at North Carolina State University at Raleigh to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 149 2% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 143 4% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 87 2% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 72 5% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 60 5% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 51 21% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 50 7% costlier
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 42 37% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 40 10% costlier
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 40 4% costlier
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 40 25% costlier
Natural Resources/Conservation, General Bachelor's Degree 39 7% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 35 19% costlier
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 34 7% costlier
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology Bachelor's Degree 34 6% costlier
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 30 12% costlier
Natural Resources Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree 26 11% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 26 2% cheaper
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 24 1% costlier
International/Global Studies Bachelor's Degree 24 2% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 22 6% cheaper
Nuclear Engineering Bachelor's Degree 21 0% cheaper
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 21 15% costlier
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 20 9% cheaper
Industrial and Product Design Bachelor's Degree 20 0% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 20 22% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 20 16% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 18 10% cheaper
Agricultural Business and Management, General Associate's Degree 18 145% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 18 7% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Bachelor's Degree 17 2% costlier
Design and Visual Communications, General Bachelor's Degree 17 14% costlier
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 16 18% costlier
Agriculture, General Associate's Degree 15 145% costlier
Agronomy and Crop Science Bachelor's Degree 15 20% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 14 8% costlier
Poultry Science Bachelor's Degree 14 14% costlier
Turf and Turfgrass Management Associate's Degree 14 111% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 13 7% costlier
Landscaping and Groundskeeping Associate's Degree 13 116% costlier
Agricultural and Extension Education Services Bachelor's Degree 12 24% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 9% cheaper
Science, Technology and Society Bachelor's Degree 11 23% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 10 9% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 10 9% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 9 5% costlier
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 9 6% costlier
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 8 5% cheaper
Fine and Studio Arts Management Bachelor's Degree 7 0% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 6 2% costlier
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 16% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 6 26% costlier
Agricultural Mechanization, General Bachelor's Degree 6 30% costlier
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 5 15% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 5 7% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 5 5% costlier
Genetics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 1% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 4 3% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 6% cheaper
Criminology Bachelor's Degree 4 6% costlier
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management Associate's Degree 4 110% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 0% costlier
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 3 7% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 3 27% costlier
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 18% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 2 1% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations Bachelor's Degree 2 45% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 4% cheaper
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 2 17% costlier
French Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 23% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 4% cheaper
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 4% cheaper
German Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 22% cheaper
Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology Bachelor's Degree 2 7% costlier
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 2 9% costlier
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management Bachelor's Degree 1 7% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 2% costlier
Sales and Marketing Operations/Marketing and Distribution Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Food Science Bachelor's Degree 1 10% costlier
Textile Sciences and Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 0% cheaper
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production Associate's Degree 1 103% costlier
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 26% costlier
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical Bachelor's Degree 1 20% costlier
Agricultural Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 30% costlier
Materials Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 10% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 7% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 21% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Environmental Design/Architecture Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Construction Engineering Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 1 7% costlier
Crop Production Associate's Degree 1 90% costlier

Calculators

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About North Carolina State University at Raleigh

North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a four year public college located in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Full time enrollment is 26,776 and part time is 6,979.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Address
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, North Carolina
27695-7001

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

North Carolina State University at Raleigh cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=199193 IPEDS survey data.