Cheapest Colleges in North Carolina by In State Tuition

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.

Keep in mind that affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published in state tuition. 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 methodology for the list below is solely a ranking on published in state tuition 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 net price.

The most affordable four year colleges in North Carolina are listed by one year's in state tuition list price for the 2013/2014 school year.

What is the cheapest college in North Carolina? Leading our colleges list is Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville with an in state tuition of $2,743.

Another affordable option for North Carolina students is to study at a community college for two years, then progress to a full four year college to earn your bachelors degree. A comprehensive list of North Carolina community colleges can be found here with annual tuition that may be cheaper than four year colleges.

Academic Score is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectivness. An average score is 50. College which are "not ranked" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2013-2014 academic year.

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North Carolina's Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
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1 Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, Public
$2,743
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2 Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, Public
$2,776
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3 Winston Salem State University
Winston-Salem, Public
$3,144
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4 University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, Public
$3,211
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5 North Carolina A & T State University
Greensboro, Public
$3,270
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6 Grace College of Divinity
Fayetteville, Private
$3,360
7 North Carolina Central University
Durham, Public
$3,455
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8 Carolina Christian College
Winston Salem, Private
$3,500
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9 University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, Public
$3,522
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10 University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, Public
$3,666
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11 Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, Public
$3,669
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12 Appalachian State University
Boone, Public
$3,772
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13 University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, Public
$3,932
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14 East Carolina University
Greenville, Public
$3,959
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15 University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, Public
$4,026
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16 Carolina Bible College
Fayetteville, Private
$4,500
17 Apex School of Theology
Durham, Private
$4,800
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18 University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, Public
$5,870
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19 North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, Public
$6,038
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20 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, Public
$6,423
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21 Shepherds Theological Seminary
Cary, Private
$6,840
22 Heritage Bible College
Dunn, Private
$6,960
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23 New Life Theological Seminary
Charlotte, Private
$8,070
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24 Laurel University
High Point, Private
$8,160
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25 University of Phoenix Raleigh Campus
Raleigh, Private
$9,445
26 University of Phoenix Charlotte Campus
Charlotte, Private
$9,480
27 Miller Motte College Wilmington
Wilmington, Private
$9,540
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28 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Concord, Private
$11,040
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29 Shaw University
Raleigh, Private
$11,808
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30 Piedmont International University
Winston Salem, Private
$11,900
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31 Mid Atlantic Christian University
Elizabeth City, Private
$12,160
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32 Saint Augustines College
Raleigh, Private
$12,890
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33 Livingstone College
Salisbury, Private
$13,940
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34 Bennett College for Women
Greensboro, Private
$14,906
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35 Strayer University North Carolina
Morrisville, Private
$15,300
36 Johnson C Smith University
Charlotte, Private
$15,466
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37 Living Arts College
Raleigh, Private
$15,702
38 DeVry University North Carolina
Charlotte, Private
$15,835
39 The Art Institute of Charlotte
Charlotte, Private
$17,028
40 The Art Institute of Raleigh Durham
Durham, Private
$17,028
41 Mount Olive College
Mount Olive, Private
$17,300
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42 ITT Technical Institute High Point
High Point, Private
$17,748
43 ITT Technical Institute Charlotte South
Charlotte, Private
$17,748
44 ITT Technical Institute Durham
Durham, Private
$17,748
45 ITT Technical Institute Charlotte North
Charlotte, Private
$17,748
46 ITT Technical Institute Cary
Cary, Private
$17,748
47 South College Asheville
Asheville, Private
$18,300
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48 Belmont Abbey College
Belmont, Private
$18,500
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49 Chowan University
Murfreesboro, Private
$22,160
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50 Mars Hill College
Mars Hill, Private
$23,152
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