Community Colleges in North Carolina

The 2023 Directory of North Carolina Community Colleges and Costs

North Carolina Community Colleges, Cost and Affordability for 2022

How much does it cost to attend community college in North Carolina?   The average annual in-state two year college tuition in North Carolina was $3,495 for the 2021-2022 academic year. This is a change of $475 from the 2019-2020 average of $3,020 and represents a 15.73% annual increase. The list of North Carolina community colleges below provides school specific cost and value rating. Community colleges, also known as junior colleges, provide an excellent money saving opportunity for those concerned with college costs. Many students are choosing to begin their education at community colleges for two years, taking advantage of their lower cost. Then after two years transferring to a full four year institution to pursue a full bachelors degree or higher. Most community colleges also have the benefit of open admission policies.  

Our guide surveyed tuition data from the 58 community colleges and universities in North Carolina, the most popular being Wake Technical Community College with 6,639 full time students and an in-state tuition list price of $2,432. Sampson Community College is the most expensive community school in North Carolina with an in-state tuition of $2,736.

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 2020-2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Explore North Carolina Colleges

School Tuition Rating Value
Alamance Community College

Graham, North Carolina

$2,462 NA NA
Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College

Asheville, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
Beaufort County Community College

Washington, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
Bladen Community College

Dublin, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
Blue Ridge Community College

Flat Rock, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
Brunswick Community College

Bolivia, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Hudson, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
Cape Fear Community College

Wilmington, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
Carteret Community College

Morehead City, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
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
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

$2,081 NA NA
Craven Community College

New Bern, North Carolina

$1,824 NA NA
Davidson County Community College

Thomasville, North Carolina

$1,824 NA NA
Durham Technical Community College

Durham, North Carolina

$1,824 NA NA
Edgecombe Community College

Tarboro, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA
Fayetteville Technical Community College

Fayetteville, North Carolina

$2,432 NA NA