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.
Keep in mind that 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 methodology for the list below is solely 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 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 $3,360.
Another affordable option for North Carolina students is to study at a community college for two years, then progress to a full four year college to earn your bachelors degree. A comprehensive list of North Carolina community colleges can be found here with annual tuition that may be cheaper than four year colleges.
Rating is a CollegeCalc proprietary national percentile ranking of a college's overall difficulty and educational effectiveness. An average score is 50. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average net price paid. Colleges which are ranked "n/a" didn't report sufficient data to formulate a score. Learn more about our rating methodology.
All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2013-2014 academic year.
|College||Out of State Tuition||Rating||$Value|
|1||Grace College of Divinity
|2||Carolina Christian College
Winston Salem, Private
|3||Carolina Bible College
|4||Apex School of Theology
|5||Shepherds Theological Seminary
|6||Heritage Bible College
|7||New Life Theological Seminary
High Point, Private
|9||University of Phoenix Raleigh Campus
|10||University of Phoenix Charlotte Campus
|11||Miller Motte College Wilmington
|12||Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
|14||Piedmont International University
Winston Salem, Private
|15||Winston Salem State University
|16||Mid Atlantic Christian University
Elizabeth City, Private
|17||University of North Carolina at Pembroke
|18||Saint Augustines College
|19||Western Carolina University
|20||Fayetteville State University
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