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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 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 $11,610.

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 2018-2019 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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North Carolina's Cheapest Colleges by In State Total Cost
In State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$11,610
In State Total Cost
1) Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, Public Not For Profit
36 93
$13,847
In State Total Cost
2) University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, Public Not For Profit
20 43
$14,200
In State Total Cost
3) Carolina Christian College
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
- -
$14,376
In State Total Cost
4) Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, Public Not For Profit
26 78
$15,084
In State Total Cost
5) Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, Public Not For Profit
64 77
$15,375
In State Total Cost
6) Grace College of Divinity
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
- -
$15,836
In State Total Cost
7) North Carolina A & T State University
Greensboro, Public Not For Profit
39 71
$16,226
In State Total Cost
8) Shepherds Theological Seminary
Cary, Private Not For Profit
- -
$16,435
In State Total Cost
9) University of Phoenix Raleigh Campus
Raleigh, Private For Profit
- -
$16,470
In State Total Cost
10) University of Phoenix Charlotte Campus
Charlotte, Private For Profit
- -
$16,590
In State Total Cost
11) Piedmont International University
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
67 77
$16,612
In State Total Cost
12) Appalachian State University
Boone, Public Not For Profit
67 84
$17,523
In State Total Cost
13) Winston Salem State University
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
31 63
$17,725
In State Total Cost
14) University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, Public Not For Profit
51 76
$18,214
In State Total Cost
15) North Carolina Central University
Durham, Public Not For Profit
39 67
$18,903
In State Total Cost
16) University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, Public Not For Profit
75 77
$18,974
In State Total Cost
17) East Carolina University
Greenville, Public Not For Profit
46 71
$19,071
In State Total Cost
18) University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, Public Not For Profit
42 75
$19,246
In State Total Cost
19) Heritage Bible College
Dunn, Private Not For Profit
- -
$19,682
In State Total Cost
20) University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
78 82
$20,535
In State Total Cost
21) University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, Public Not For Profit
61 75
$20,890
In State Total Cost
22) Miller Motte College Wilmington
Wilmington, Private For Profit
- -
$20,945
In State Total Cost
23) New Life Theological Seminary
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
- -
$21,125
In State Total Cost
24) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, Public Not For Profit
95 88
$21,261
In State Total Cost
25) North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, Public Not For Profit
86 84
$21,550
In State Total Cost
26) Apex School of Theology
Durham, Private Not For Profit
- -
$23,510
In State Total Cost
27) Laurel University
High Point, Private Not For Profit
65 70
$23,729
In State Total Cost
28) Carolina Bible College
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
- -
$23,769
In State Total Cost
29) DeVry University North Carolina
Charlotte, Private For Profit
- -
$24,514
In State Total Cost
30) Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Concord, Private Not For Profit
41 61
$25,100
In State Total Cost
31) Mid Atlantic Christian University
Elizabeth City, Private Not For Profit
39 55
$25,938
In State Total Cost
32) Shaw University
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
- -
$26,390
In State Total Cost
33) Livingstone College
Salisbury, Private Not For Profit
- -
$26,582
In State Total Cost
34) Saint Augustines College
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
16 -
$26,598
In State Total Cost
35) Living Arts College
Raleigh, Private For Profit
- -
$27,036
In State Total Cost
36) Johnson C Smith University
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
37 51
$28,027
In State Total Cost
37) Bennett College for Women
Greensboro, Private Not For Profit
13 -
$29,994
In State Total Cost
38) Belmont Abbey College
Belmont, Private Not For Profit
33 32
$30,500
In State Total Cost
39) Mount Olive College
Mount Olive, Private Not For Profit
46 66
$32,178
In State Total Cost
40) South College Asheville
Asheville, Private For Profit
- -
$35,380
In State Total Cost
41) Chowan University
Murfreesboro, Private Not For Profit
29 41
$37,269
In State Total Cost
42) Montreat College
Montreat, Private Not For Profit
50 57
$37,356
In State Total Cost
43) St. Andrews University
Laurinburg, Private Not For Profit
63 58
$37,506
In State Total Cost
44) Lees McRae College
Banner Elk, Private Not For Profit
- -
$40,440
In State Total Cost
45) Brevard College
Brevard, Private Not For Profit
- -
$41,240
In State Total Cost
46) Greensboro College
Greensboro, Private Not For Profit
49 37
$41,600
In State Total Cost
47) William Peace University
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
45 52
$41,850
In State Total Cost
48) North Carolina Wesleyan College
Rocky Mount, Private Not For Profit
29 43
$42,200
In State Total Cost
49) Barton College
Wilson, Private Not For Profit
53 55
$42,276
In State Total Cost
50) Salem College
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
75 75
$42,408
In State Total Cost
51) Catawba College
Salisbury, Private Not For Profit
56 66
$42,560
In State Total Cost
52) Mars Hill University
Mars Hill, Private Not For Profit
42 59
$42,960
In State Total Cost
53) Pfeiffer University
Misenheimer, Private Not For Profit
41 49
$44,160
In State Total Cost
54) Gardner Webb University
Boiling Springs, Private Not For Profit
61 66
$45,640
In State Total Cost
55) Campbell University
Buies Creek, Private Not For Profit
50 49
$45,946
In State Total Cost
56) Wingate University
Wingate, Private Not For Profit
37 52
$46,544
In State Total Cost
57) Queens University of Charlotte
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
53 54
$47,681
In State Total Cost
58) Johnson & Wales University Charlotte
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
- -
$47,828
In State Total Cost
59) Methodist University
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
45 33
$48,110
In State Total Cost
60) Warren Wilson College
Swannanoa, Private Not For Profit
47 37
$48,449
In State Total Cost
61) Elon University
Elon, Private Not For Profit
74 54
$48,956
In State Total Cost
62) Meredith College
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
63 60
$49,970
In State Total Cost
63) Guilford College
Greensboro, Private Not For Profit
- -
$50,070
In State Total Cost
64) Lenoir Rhyne University
Hickory, Private Not For Profit
42 54
$66,819
In State Total Cost
65) Davidson College
Davidson, Private Not For Profit
96 70
$69,238
In State Total Cost
66) Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
- -
$72,133
In State Total Cost
67) Duke University
Durham, Private Not For Profit
98 77