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North Carolina Public Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2016

How much does it cost to attend public college in North Carolina?   The average annual in-state four year, public college tuition in North Carolina was $4,266 for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is a change of $150 from the 2015-2016 average of $4,116 and represents a 3.64% annual increase. The list of North Carolina public colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Public schools are partially funded by the taxpayers of North Carolina and usually offer lower tuition to in-state residents.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 74 public colleges and universities in North Carolina, the most popular being North Carolina State University at Raleigh with 26,776 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $6,407. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the most expensive public school in North Carolina with an in-state tuition of $6,881.

Click on any school for current tuition, future cost estimates, school specific savings plans and estimated student loan payments. North Carolina colleges can also be filtered by public, private, community colleges and four year schools. Additionally, cost based sorting is available for the lowest and highest tuition options. Jump directly to our ranking of best values in North Carolina or cheap North Carolina colleges guide.

Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our ratings.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2016-2017 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Explore North Carolina Colleges

School Tuition Rating $Value
Alamance Community College
Graham, 1,737 Students
$2,160 n/a n/a
Appalachian State University
Boone, 16,487 Students
$4,159 68 83
Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College
Asheville, 2,552 Students
$2,432 n/a n/a
Beaufort County Community College
Washington, 472 Students
$2,432 n/a n/a
Bladen Community College
Dublin, 537 Students
$2,432 n/a n/a
Blue Ridge Community College
Flat Rock, 698 Students
$2,432 n/a n/a
Brunswick Community College
Bolivia, 563 Students
$2,432 n/a n/a
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute
Hudson, 1,552 Students
$2,432 n/a n/a
Cape Fear Community College
Wilmington, 3,898 Students
$2,432 n/a n/a
Carteret Community College
Morehead City, 632 Students
$2,736 n/a n/a
Catawba Valley Community College
Hickory, 1,856 Students
$2,128 n/a n/a
Central Carolina Community College
Sanford, 1,956 Students
$2,432 n/a n/a
Central Piedmont Community College
Charlotte, 6,922 Students
$2,432 n/a n/a
Cleveland Community College
Shelby, 1,208 Students
$2,432 n/a n/a
Coastal Carolina Community College
Jacksonville, 1,975 Students
$2,432 n/a n/a
College of the Albemarle
Elizabeth City, 997 Students
$2,080 n/a n/a
Craven Community College
New Bern, 1,074 Students
$1,824 n/a n/a
Davidson County Community College
Thomasville, 1,511 Students
$2,434 n/a n/a
Durham Technical Community College
Durham, 1,419 Students
$1,748 n/a n/a
East Carolina University
Greenville, 22,366 Students
$4,365 52 75