North Carolina In State Total Cost Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in North Carolina by In State Total Cost for 2021

Cheapest Colleges in North Carolina by In State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university and you are a resident of North Carolina these are the least expensive in state colleges to consider.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published in state total cost. 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 in state total cost 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.

Total cost may factor in an estimated off-campus living expense if a school doens't provide housing. This estimate may vary widely by college. To view a rank by academic fees alone please see our North Carolina tuition ranking.

The most affordable four year colleges in North Carolina are listed by one year's in state total cost list price for the 2018/2019 school year. Total cost includes tuition, room and board or estimated off campus living expenses, books and supplies and other fees.

What is the cheapest college in North Carolina? Leading the colleges list is Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City with an in state total cost of $12,146.

Academic Rating is a CollegeCalc rating of a college's overall academics and effectiveness. The score ranges from zero to one hundred, with fifty being the median for all eligible colleges. Dollar value is a measure of a school's academic rating compared with the average price paid by students. 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 2019/2020 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2019/2020 academic year.

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North Carolina's Cheapest Colleges by In State Total Cost
College In State Total Cost Rating Value
#1 Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, Public Not For Profit

$12,146 32 92
#2 University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, Public Not For Profit

$13,919 24 13
#3 Carolina Christian College

Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit

$14,290 NA NA
#4 Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, Public Not For Profit

$15,134 27 72
#5 Grace College of Divinity

Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit

$15,575 NA NA
#6 Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, Public Not For Profit

$16,061 43 29
#7 North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, Public Not For Profit

$16,187 30 39
#8 Shepherds Theological Seminary

Cary, Private Not For Profit

$16,226 NA NA
#9 University of Phoenix Raleigh Campus

Raleigh, Private For Profit

$16,435 NA NA
#10 University of Phoenix Charlotte Campus

Charlotte, Private For Profit

$16,470 NA NA
#11 Piedmont International University

Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit

$16,590 53 54
#12 Appalachian State University

Boone, Public Not For Profit

$16,935 53 74
#13 University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, Public Not For Profit

$17,667 44 57
#14 Winston Salem State University

Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit

$17,816 33 26
#15 Carolina Bible College

Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit

$17,912 NA NA
#16 University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, Public Not For Profit

$18,091 54 59
#17 North Carolina Central University

Durham, Public Not For Profit

$18,261 26 23
#18 East Carolina University

Greenville, Public Not For Profit

$18,758 49 46
#19 University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, Public Not For Profit

$19,204 59 40
#20 Heritage Bible College

Dunn, Private Not For Profit

$19,246 NA NA