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Cheapest Colleges in North Carolina by In State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university and you are a resident of North Carolina these are the least expensive in state colleges to consider.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published in state total cost. It's important to research the typical financial aid package offered by a school, the average net price actually paid and most importantly the quality of education you receive for your tuition dollar. Sometimes a school which appears cheap based on list price can be a poor relative value if it can't award competitive financial aid or doesn't offer a quality education. The list below is a ranking on published in state total cost with no consideration of actual average price paid or academic quality of the school. Please see the CollegeCalc best value colleges in North Carolina list for a ranking which considers school quality and average net price.

Total cost may factor in an estimated off-campus living expense if a school doens't provide housing. This estimate may vary widely by college. To view a rank by academic fees alone please see our North Carolina tuition ranking.

The most affordable four year colleges in North Carolina are listed by one year's in state total cost list price for the 2017/2018 school year. Total cost includes tuition, room and board or estimated off campus living expenses, books and supplies and other fees.

What is the cheapest college in North Carolina? Leading the colleges list is Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City with an in state total cost of $13,036.

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 rating methodology.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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North Carolina's Cheapest Colleges by In State Total Cost
In State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$13,036
In State Total Cost
1) Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, Public Not For Profit
38 93
$13,728
In State Total Cost
2) Heritage Bible College
Dunn, Private Not For Profit
- -
$14,210
In State Total Cost
3) Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, Public Not For Profit
31 78
$14,916
In State Total Cost
4) Grace College of Divinity
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
- -
$15,386
In State Total Cost
5) North Carolina A & T State University
Greensboro, Public Not For Profit
40 74
$16,175
In State Total Cost
6) Appalachian State University
Boone, Public Not For Profit
68 83
$16,226
In State Total Cost
7) Shepherds Theological Seminary
Cary, Private Not For Profit
- -
$16,435
In State Total Cost
8) University of Phoenix Raleigh Campus
Raleigh, Private For Profit
- -
$16,443
In State Total Cost
9) University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, Public Not For Profit
24 55
$16,470
In State Total Cost
10) University of Phoenix Charlotte Campus
Charlotte, Private For Profit
- -
$16,548
In State Total Cost
11) Carolina Bible College
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
- -
$16,590
In State Total Cost
12) Piedmont International University
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
66 77
$17,270
In State Total Cost
13) Winston Salem State University
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
31 75
$17,418
In State Total Cost
14) Carolina Christian College
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
- -
$17,451
In State Total Cost
15) University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, Public Not For Profit
61 80
$17,751
In State Total Cost
16) North Carolina Central University
Durham, Public Not For Profit
27 64
$18,284
In State Total Cost
17) East Carolina University
Greenville, Public Not For Profit
52 75
$18,433
In State Total Cost
18) University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, Public Not For Profit
48 79
$18,616
In State Total Cost
19) University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, Public Not For Profit
66 78
$18,782
In State Total Cost
20) Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, Public Not For Profit
63 79