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Cheapest Colleges in North Carolina by Out of State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university in North Carolina but aren't a state resident, these are the least expensive out of state colleges to consider. Additionally, if you are a foreign citizen and cannot qualify for in-state tuition, these are the cheapest universities in North Carolina for international students.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published out of 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 out of 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 out of state total cost list price for the 2016/2017 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 Carolina Christian College in Winston Salem with an out of state total cost of $11,841.

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 Out of State Total Cost
Out of State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$11,841
Out of State Total Cost
1) Carolina Christian College
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$13,953
Out of State Total Cost
2) Grace College of Divinity
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$15,620
Out of State Total Cost
3) Carolina Bible College
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$16,226
Out of State Total Cost
4) Shepherds Theological Seminary
Cary, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$16,435
Out of State Total Cost
5) University of Phoenix Raleigh Campus
Raleigh, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$16,470
Out of State Total Cost
6) University of Phoenix Charlotte Campus
Charlotte, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$16,590
Out of State Total Cost
7) Piedmont International University
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
66 77
$19,827
Out of State Total Cost
8) Heritage Bible College
Dunn, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$20,766
Out of State Total Cost
9) New Life Theological Seminary
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$21,000
Out of State Total Cost
10) Apex School of Theology
Durham, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$21,180
Out of State Total Cost
11) Miller Motte College Wilmington
Wilmington, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$23,000
Out of State Total Cost
12) Mid Atlantic Christian University
Elizabeth City, Private Not For Profit
36 54
$23,268
Out of State Total Cost
13) Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Concord, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$23,510
Out of State Total Cost
14) Laurel University
High Point, Private Not For Profit
80 82
$23,769
Out of State Total Cost
15) DeVry University North Carolina
Charlotte, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$25,001
Out of State Total Cost
16) The Art Institute of Charlotte
Charlotte, Private For Profit
n/a n/a
$25,163
Out of State Total Cost
17) Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, Public Not For Profit
31 78
$25,660
Out of State Total Cost
18) Livingstone College
Salisbury, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a
$25,701
Out of State Total Cost
19) Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, Public Not For Profit
38 93
$26,038
Out of State Total Cost
20) Shaw University
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
n/a n/a