Cheapest Colleges in North Carolina by Out of State Tuition

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 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 out of 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 out of state tuition list price for the 2013/2014 school year.

What is the cheapest college in North Carolina? Leading our colleges list is Grace College of Divinity in Fayetteville with an out of state tuition of $3,360.

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 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2013-2014 academic year.

North Carolina's Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Tuition
College Out of State Tuition Rating $Value
1 Grace College of Divinity
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
$3,360 n/a n/a
2 Carolina Christian College
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
$3,500 n/a n/a
3 Carolina Bible College
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
$4,500 n/a n/a
4 Apex School of Theology
Durham, Private Not For Profit
$4,800 n/a n/a
5 Shepherds Theological Seminary
Cary, Private Not For Profit
$6,840 n/a n/a
6 Heritage Bible College
Dunn, Private Not For Profit
$6,960 n/a n/a
7 New Life Theological Seminary
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
$8,070 n/a n/a
8 Laurel University
High Point, Private Not For Profit
$8,160 n/a n/a
9 University of Phoenix Raleigh Campus
Raleigh, Private For Profit
$9,445 n/a n/a
10 University of Phoenix Charlotte Campus
Charlotte, Private For Profit
$9,480 n/a n/a
11 Miller Motte College Wilmington
Wilmington, Private For Profit
$9,540 n/a n/a
12 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Concord, Private Not For Profit
$11,040 35 65
13 Shaw University
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
$11,808 n/a n/a
14 Piedmont International University
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
$11,900 44 64
15 Winston Salem State University
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
$11,957 35 82
16 Mid Atlantic Christian University
Elizabeth City, Private Not For Profit
$12,160 39 54
17 University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, Public Not For Profit
$12,418 25 70
18 Saint Augustines College
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
$12,890 32 22
19 Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, Public Not For Profit
$13,266 62 85
20 Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, Public Not For Profit
$13,539 26 86

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