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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 2017/2018 school year.

What is the cheapest college in North Carolina? Leading the colleges list is Apex School of Theology in Durham with an out of state tuition of $4,800.

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 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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North Carolina's Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Tuition
Out of State Tuition College Rating $Value
$4,800
Out of State Tuition
1) Apex School of Theology
Durham, Private Not For Profit
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$5,700
Out of State Tuition
2) Grace College of Divinity
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
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$6,020
Out of State Tuition
3) Carolina Bible College
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
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$6,840
Out of State Tuition
4) Shepherds Theological Seminary
Cary, Private Not For Profit
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$7,560
Out of State Tuition
5) Heritage Bible College
Dunn, Private Not For Profit
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$7,600
Out of State Tuition
6) Carolina Christian College
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
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$8,850
Out of State Tuition
7) Piedmont International University
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
66 77
$9,445
Out of State Tuition
8) University of Phoenix Raleigh Campus
Raleigh, Private For Profit
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$9,480
Out of State Tuition
9) University of Phoenix Charlotte Campus
Charlotte, Private For Profit
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$9,750
Out of State Tuition
10) New Life Theological Seminary
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
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$10,080
Out of State Tuition
11) Miller Motte College Wilmington
Wilmington, Private For Profit
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$10,500
Out of State Tuition
12) Laurel University
High Point, Private Not For Profit
80 82
$11,808
Out of State Tuition
13) Shaw University
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
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$12,306
Out of State Tuition
14) Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Concord, Private Not For Profit
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$12,890
Out of State Tuition
15) Saint Augustines College
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
- -
$13,648
Out of State Tuition
16) Winston Salem State University
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
31 75
$14,080
Out of State Tuition
17) Mid Atlantic Christian University
Elizabeth City, Private Not For Profit
36 54
$14,364
Out of State Tuition
18) Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, Public Not For Profit
63 79
$14,590
Out of State Tuition
19) Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, Public Not For Profit
31 78
$15,252
Out of State Tuition
20) University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, Public Not For Profit
24 55