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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.

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 list below is 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 average net price.

The most affordable four year colleges in North Carolina are listed by one year's in state tuition list price for the 2016/2017 school year.

What is the cheapest college in North Carolina? Leading the colleges list is Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City with an in state tuition of $2,800.

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 2016-2017 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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North Carolina's Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
In State Tuition College Rating $Value
$2,800
In State Tuition
1) Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, Public Not For Profit
28 91
$2,923
In State Tuition
2) Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, Public Not For Profit
30 77
$3,335
In State Tuition
3) Winston Salem State University
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
33 77
$3,470
In State Tuition
4) North Carolina A & T State University
Greensboro, Public Not For Profit
35 71
$3,500
In State Tuition
5) Carolina Christian College
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$3,531
In State Tuition
6) University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, Public Not For Profit
25 58
$3,655
In State Tuition
7) North Carolina Central University
Durham, Public Not For Profit
28 66
$3,737
In State Tuition
8) University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, Public Not For Profit
60 83
$3,893
In State Tuition
9) Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, Public Not For Profit
63 79
$4,041
In State Tuition
10) University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, Public Not For Profit
59 79
$4,080
In State Tuition
11) Grace College of Divinity
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$4,159
In State Tuition
12) Appalachian State University
Boone, Public Not For Profit
70 83
$4,335
In State Tuition
13) University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, Public Not For Profit
59 82
$4,356
In State Tuition
14) University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, Public Not For Profit
74 80
$4,365
In State Tuition
15) East Carolina University
Greenville, Public Not For Profit
53 75
$4,800
In State Tuition
16) Apex School of Theology
Durham, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$5,040
In State Tuition
17) Carolina Bible College
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$6,370
In State Tuition
18) University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
78 84
$6,407
In State Tuition
19) North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, Public Not For Profit
86 84
$6,840
In State Tuition
20) Shepherds Theological Seminary
Cary, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a

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