North Carolina Out of State Total Cost Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in North Carolina by Out of State Total Cost for 2022

Cheapest Colleges in North Carolina by Out of State Total Cost

If you're looking for an affordable university in North Carolina but aren't a state resident, these are the least expensive out of state colleges to consider. Additionally, if you are a foreign citizen and cannot qualify for in-state tuition, these are the cheapest universities in North Carolina for international students.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published out of 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 out of 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 out of state total cost list price for the 2020/2021 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 Carolina Christian College in Winston Salem with an out of state total cost of $14,330.

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 2020/2021 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2020/2021 academic year.

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North Carolina's Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Total Cost
College Out of State Total Cost Rating Value
#21 Living Arts College

Raleigh, Private For Profit

$26,692 NA NA
#22 Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, Public Not For Profit

$26,777 24 50
#23 Mid Atlantic Christian University

Elizabeth City, Private Not For Profit

$26,890 32 5
#24 Johnson C Smith University

Charlotte, Private Not For Profit

$27,084 26 4
#25 Bennett College for Women

Greensboro, Private Not For Profit

$28,027 NA NA
#26 Winston Salem State University

Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit

$28,376 29 19
#27 North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, Public Not For Profit

$29,697 28 34
#28 Belmont Abbey College

Belmont, Private Not For Profit

$30,090 30 3
#29 Greensboro College

Greensboro, Private Not For Profit

$31,310 32 12
#30 North Carolina Central University

Durham, Public Not For Profit

$31,550 23 14
#31 Appalachian State University

Boone, Public Not For Profit

$32,091 51 69
#32 South College Asheville

Asheville, Private For Profit

$32,178 NA NA
#33 Mount Olive College

Mount Olive, Private Not For Profit

$32,542 32 30
#34 University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, Public Not For Profit

$33,044 43 59
#35 University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, Public Not For Profit

$33,722 59 41
#36 University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, Public Not For Profit

$34,580 52 35
#37 East Carolina University

Greenville, Public Not For Profit

$35,176 47 31
#38 University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, Public Not For Profit

$35,742 55 58
#39 Chowan University

Murfreesboro, Private Not For Profit

$36,480 16 2
#40 University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit

$36,682 65 86