College Costs in North Carolina

The 2021 Directory of North Carolina Colleges and Prices

North Carolina Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2021

How much does it cost to attend college in North Carolina?   The average annual in-state college tuition in North Carolina was $11,249 for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is $3,416 lower than the U.S. average and ranks North Carolina in the middle of the pack as the 35th most expensive and 18th most affordable state or district to attend college. This is a change of $234 from the 2018-2019 average of $11,015 and represents a 2.12% annual increase. The list of North Carolina colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating.

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 133 colleges and universities in North Carolina, the most popular being North Carolina State University at Raleigh with 28,368 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $6,535. Duke University is the most expensive in North Carolina with an in-state tuition of $55,880.

Click on any school for current tuition, future cost estimates, school specific savings plans and estimated student loan payments. North Carolina colleges can also be filtered by public, private, community colleges and four year schools. Additionally, cost based sorting is available for the lowest and highest tuition options. Jump directly to our ranking of best values in North Carolina or cheap North Carolina colleges guide.

<Academic 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 ratings.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Explore North Carolina Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
Catawba Valley Community College

Hickory, North Carolina

$2,128 NA NA
Central Carolina Community College

Sanford, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
Chowan University

Murfreesboro, North Carolina

$25,480 15 1
Cleveland Community College

Shelby, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
Coastal Carolina Community College

Jacksonville, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
College of the Albemarle

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

$2,098 NA NA
Craven Community College

New Bern, North Carolina

$1,824 NA NA
Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina

$52,466 93 96
Davidson County Community College

Thomasville, North Carolina

$2,434 NA NA
DeVry University North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

$15,835 NA NA
Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

$55,880 99 98
Durham Technical Community College

Durham, North Carolina

$1,824 NA NA
East Carolina University

Greenville, North Carolina

$4,452 49 46
Edgecombe Community College

Tarboro, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

$1,000 32 92
Elon University

Elon, North Carolina

$36,082 76 40
Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, North Carolina

$2,982 27 72
Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
Forsyth Technical Community College

Winston Salem, North Carolina

$1,824 NA NA