Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

East Carolina University tuition is $4,452 per year for in-state residents. This is 38% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 76% cheaper than the average North Carolina tuition of $18,644 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 13th in North Carolina amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 55th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $20,729 which represents a 366% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $2,691 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,143.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $9,835 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Greenville should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,306.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,716 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,716 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state North Carolina residents to go to ECU is $22,000 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have North Carolina residence can expect a one year cost of $38,277.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for East Carolina University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for East Carolina University
Estimated Budgets
North Carolina Resident Total Budget $22,000
   In-State Tuition$4,452
   Other Fees$2,691
   Room and Board$9,835
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,716
   Books and Supplies$1,306
Non-Resident Total Budget $38,277
   Out-of-State Tuition$20,729
   Other Fees$2,691
   Room and Board$9,835
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,716
   Books and Supplies$1,306


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $22,000 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported ECU net price for in-state students is $12,908* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

52% of East Carolina University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,953. 34 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,362. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend East Carolina University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for East Carolina University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$12,908*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid52%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,953
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants34%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,362

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$10,257
$30,001 to $48,000$11,391
$48,001 to $75,000$15,240
$75,001 to $110,000$19,254

Average Financial Aid Mix - $22,000 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $22,000. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 43% - $7,953

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, East Carolina University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 32% - $5,900

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 24% -  $4,431

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. East Carolina University
Virginia Commonwealth University154.7% more expensive
University of North Carolina at Greensboro0.7% less expensive
Coastal Carolina University147.5% more expensive
Winthrop University234% more expensive
College of Charleston98.4% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at East Carolina University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at ECU is $88,000 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $9,514 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $38,056**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $110,000 or $47,570 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at East Carolina University.

North Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,226
North Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$11,000
Non-North Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$10,364
Non-North Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$19,138

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at East Carolina University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at East Carolina University
Price per credit hour for North Carolina residents$185
Cost for one class for North Carolina residents (3 credit hours)$555
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$864
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,592
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,456


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 64% of East Carolina University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,900. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $28,312.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for East Carolina University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $38,056, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $47,218.77. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at East Carolina University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 52% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $9,514. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our East Carolina University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

East Carolina University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$393.49
Amount Borrowed$38,056.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$9,162.77
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$47,218.77

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend ECU? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending East Carolina University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $47,218.77 would be needed to afford a $393.49 monthly payment in the example $38,056.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to East Carolina University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,758 to $4,452. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.7%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $88,000.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for East Carolina University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$30,255$121,021
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$38,614$154,456
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $49,282$197,130
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $57,051$228,202

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at East Carolina University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 251 8% costlier
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other Bachelor's Degree 167 22% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 139 3% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 110 5% costlier
Industrial Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 110 28% costlier
Accounting and Business/Management Bachelor's Degree 109 65% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 90 14% cheaper
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 74 6% costlier
Exercise Physiology Bachelor's Degree 73 10% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 64 5% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 62 6% costlier
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry Bachelor's Degree 62 9% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 50 11% cheaper
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy Bachelor's Degree 49 14% costlier
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 46 3% costlier
Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 36 16% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 35 4% costlier
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 33 5% costlier
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor Bachelor's Degree 31 22% costlier
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 29 13% costlier
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 26 12% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 24 3% costlier
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 23 12% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 23 1% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 22 9% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 21 8% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 21 9% costlier
Child Development Bachelor's Degree 20 13% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 19 15% cheaper
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General Bachelor's Degree 18 34% costlier
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 17 1% cheaper
Environmental Health Bachelor's Degree 16 6% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 14 18% cheaper
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 13 20% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Bachelor's Degree 13 20% costlier
Health/Health Care Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 12 17% costlier
Drama and Dance Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 12 4% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 12 2% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 12 8% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 12 7% costlier
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 11 6% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 11 15% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 10 4% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 10 11% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 10 4% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 10 8% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 9 3% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 8 5% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 8 5% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, Other Bachelor's Degree 8 7% costlier
Health Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 8% costlier
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 6 19% costlier
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 25% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 13% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 13% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 4 22% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 4 15% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 4 7% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 4 6% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 8% costlier
Spanish Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 6% costlier
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 4 23% costlier
Public/Applied History Bachelor's Degree 4 0% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 19% cheaper
Family and Community Services Bachelor's Degree 3 28% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 2 7% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 5% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 10% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Public Health Education and Promotion Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 1 18% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 12% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 1 7% costlier
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 6% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 2% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 5% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 17% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier


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About East Carolina University

East Carolina University is a four year public college located in Greenville, North Carolina.  Full time enrollment is 22,366 and part time is 6,596. Learn more about getting accepted at East Carolina University at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

East Carolina University
East 5th Street
Greenville, North Carolina

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

East Carolina University is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

East Carolina University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=198464 IPEDS survey data.