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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 2017/2018 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 $2,856.

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 Tuition
In State Tuition College Rating $Value
$2,856
In State Tuition
1) Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, Public Not For Profit
38 93
$2,982
In State Tuition
2) Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, Public Not For Profit
31 78
$3,401
In State Tuition
3) Winston Salem State University
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
31 75
$3,540
In State Tuition
4) North Carolina A & T State University
Greensboro, Public Not For Profit
40 74
$3,661
In State Tuition
5) University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, Public Not For Profit
24 55
$3,728
In State Tuition
6) North Carolina Central University
Durham, Public Not For Profit
27 64
$3,812
In State Tuition
7) University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, Public Not For Profit
62 83
$3,971
In State Tuition
8) Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, Public Not For Profit
63 79
$4,122
In State Tuition
9) University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, Public Not For Profit
61 80
$4,242
In State Tuition
10) Appalachian State University
Boone, Public Not For Profit
68 83
$4,422
In State Tuition
11) University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, Public Not For Profit
48 79
$4,443
In State Tuition
12) University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, Public Not For Profit
66 78
$4,452
In State Tuition
13) East Carolina University
Greenville, Public Not For Profit
52 75
$4,800
In State Tuition
14) Apex School of Theology
Durham, Private Not For Profit
- -
$5,700
In State Tuition
15) Grace College of Divinity
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
- -
$6,020
In State Tuition
16) Carolina Bible College
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
- -
$6,497
In State Tuition
17) University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
74 83
$6,535
In State Tuition
18) North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, Public Not For Profit
86 84
$6,840
In State Tuition
19) Shepherds Theological Seminary
Cary, Private Not For Profit
- -
$7,019
In State Tuition
20) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, Public Not For Profit
95 88