North Carolina In State Tuition Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in North Carolina by In State Tuition for 2023

Cheapest Colleges in North Carolina by In State Tuition

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 tuition. 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 tuition 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.

The most affordable four year colleges in North Carolina are listed by one year's in state tuition list price for the 2021/2022 school year.

What is the cheapest college in North Carolina? Leading the colleges list is Western Carolina University in Cullowhee with an in state tuition of $1,000.

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

North Carolina's Cheapest Colleges by In State Tuition
College In State Tuition Rating Value
#1 Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, Public Not For Profit

$1,000 44 29
#2 University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, Public Not For Profit

$1,000 26 9
#3 Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, Public Not For Profit

$1,000 26 78
#4 Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, Public Not For Profit

$2,982 24 52
#5 Winston Salem State University

Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit

$3,401 27 14
#6 North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, Public Not For Profit

$3,540 29 37
#7 North Carolina Central University

Durham, Public Not For Profit

$3,728 30 32
#8 University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, Public Not For Profit

$3,812 53 37
#9 University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, Public Not For Profit

$4,122 54 55
#10 Appalachian State University

Boone, Public Not For Profit

$4,242 52 70
#11 University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, Public Not For Profit

$4,422 46 66
#12 University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, Public Not For Profit

$4,443 60 42
#13 East Carolina University

Greenville, Public Not For Profit

$4,452 45 28
#14 Apex School of Theology

Durham, Private Not For Profit

$4,800 NA NA
#15 Carolina Bible College

Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit

$5,784 NA NA
#16 Grace College of Divinity

Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit

$6,000 NA NA
#17 University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit

$6,497 66 85
#18 North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, Public Not For Profit

$6,535 78 91
#19 Shepherds Theological Seminary

Cary, Private Not For Profit

$6,840 NA NA
#20 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, Public Not For Profit

$7,019 84 99