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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 2017/2018 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 $13,036.

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 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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North Carolina's Cheapest Colleges by In State Total Cost
In State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$13,036
In State Total Cost
1) Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, Public Not For Profit
38 93
$13,728
In State Total Cost
2) Heritage Bible College
Dunn, Private Not For Profit
- -
$14,210
In State Total Cost
3) Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, Public Not For Profit
31 78
$14,916
In State Total Cost
4) Grace College of Divinity
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
- -
$15,386
In State Total Cost
5) North Carolina A & T State University
Greensboro, Public Not For Profit
40 74
$16,175
In State Total Cost
6) Appalachian State University
Boone, Public Not For Profit
68 83
$16,226
In State Total Cost
7) Shepherds Theological Seminary
Cary, Private Not For Profit
- -
$16,435
In State Total Cost
8) University of Phoenix Raleigh Campus
Raleigh, Private For Profit
- -
$16,443
In State Total Cost
9) University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, Public Not For Profit
24 55
$16,470
In State Total Cost
10) University of Phoenix Charlotte Campus
Charlotte, Private For Profit
- -
$16,548
In State Total Cost
11) Carolina Bible College
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
- -
$16,590
In State Total Cost
12) Piedmont International University
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
66 77
$17,270
In State Total Cost
13) Winston Salem State University
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
31 75
$17,418
In State Total Cost
14) Carolina Christian College
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
- -
$17,451
In State Total Cost
15) University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, Public Not For Profit
61 80
$17,751
In State Total Cost
16) North Carolina Central University
Durham, Public Not For Profit
27 64
$18,284
In State Total Cost
17) East Carolina University
Greenville, Public Not For Profit
52 75
$18,433
In State Total Cost
18) University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, Public Not For Profit
48 79
$18,616
In State Total Cost
19) University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, Public Not For Profit
66 78
$18,782
In State Total Cost
20) Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, Public Not For Profit
63 79
$19,590
In State Total Cost
21) University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
74 83
$20,440
In State Total Cost
22) University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, Public Not For Profit
62 83
$20,548
In State Total Cost
23) New Life Theological Seminary
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
- -
$20,890
In State Total Cost
24) Miller Motte College Wilmington
Wilmington, Private For Profit
- -
$20,994
In State Total Cost
25) North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, Public Not For Profit
86 84
$21,350
In State Total Cost
26) Apex School of Theology
Durham, Private Not For Profit
- -
$22,165
In State Total Cost
27) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, Public Not For Profit
95 88
$23,510
In State Total Cost
28) Laurel University
High Point, Private Not For Profit
80 82
$23,769
In State Total Cost
29) DeVry University North Carolina
Charlotte, Private For Profit
- -
$23,880
In State Total Cost
30) Mid Atlantic Christian University
Elizabeth City, Private Not For Profit
36 54
$23,946
In State Total Cost
31) Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Concord, Private Not For Profit
- -
$25,659
In State Total Cost
32) Livingstone College
Salisbury, Private Not For Profit
- -
$25,938
In State Total Cost
33) Shaw University
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
- -
$26,161
In State Total Cost
34) Living Arts College
Raleigh, Private For Profit
- -
$27,036
In State Total Cost
35) Johnson C Smith University
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
38 50
$27,136
In State Total Cost
36) Saint Augustines College
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
- -
$28,027
In State Total Cost
37) Bennett College for Women
Greensboro, Private Not For Profit
- -
$29,200
In State Total Cost
38) Mount Olive College
Mount Olive, Private Not For Profit
59 79
$29,994
In State Total Cost
39) Belmont Abbey College
Belmont, Private Not For Profit
24 5
$32,178
In State Total Cost
40) South College Asheville
Asheville, Private For Profit
- -
$34,680
In State Total Cost
41) Chowan University
Murfreesboro, Private Not For Profit
29 47
$35,803
In State Total Cost
42) Montreat College
Montreat, Private Not For Profit
38 51
$37,386
In State Total Cost
43) Lees McRae College
Banner Elk, Private Not For Profit
- -
$38,070
In State Total Cost
44) St. Andrews University
Laurinburg, Private Not For Profit
38 39
$39,500
In State Total Cost
45) William Peace University
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
33 43
$40,005
In State Total Cost
46) Brevard College
Brevard, Private Not For Profit
- -
$40,250
In State Total Cost
47) North Carolina Wesleyan College
Rocky Mount, Private Not For Profit
33 42
$41,054
In State Total Cost
48) Barton College
Wilson, Private Not For Profit
52 61
$41,220
In State Total Cost
49) Greensboro College
Greensboro, Private Not For Profit
50 56
$41,466
In State Total Cost
50) Salem College
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
- -
$41,804
In State Total Cost
51) Mars Hill University
Mars Hill, Private Not For Profit
39 54
$41,808
In State Total Cost
52) Catawba College
Salisbury, Private Not For Profit
59 66
$42,032
In State Total Cost
53) Pfeiffer University
Misenheimer, Private Not For Profit
46 62
$42,280
In State Total Cost
54) Gardner Webb University
Boiling Springs, Private Not For Profit
58 60
$43,900
In State Total Cost
55) Wingate University
Wingate, Private Not For Profit
51 65
$43,940
In State Total Cost
56) Campbell University
Buies Creek, Private Not For Profit
44 39
$45,842
In State Total Cost
57) Johnson & Wales University Charlotte
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
- -
$46,376
In State Total Cost
58) Queens University of Charlotte
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
51 51
$46,470
In State Total Cost
59) Methodist University
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
45 52
$46,754
In State Total Cost
60) Warren Wilson College
Swannanoa, Private Not For Profit
- -
$47,042
In State Total Cost
61) Elon University
Elon, Private Not For Profit
80 59
$47,484
In State Total Cost
62) Meredith College
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
- -
$48,013
In State Total Cost
63) Guilford College
Greensboro, Private Not For Profit
- -
$48,660
In State Total Cost
64) Lenoir Rhyne University
Hickory, Private Not For Profit
41 53
$64,903
In State Total Cost
65) Davidson College
Davidson, Private Not For Profit
96 76
$66,730
In State Total Cost
66) Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
- -
$69,558
In State Total Cost
67) Duke University
Durham, Private Not For Profit
98 77