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
#41 Lees McRae College

Banner Elk, Private Not For Profit

$39,460 37 15
#42 Montreat College

Montreat, Private Not For Profit

$39,465 42 21
#43 Brevard College

Brevard, Private Not For Profit

$41,650 NA NA
#44 North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, Public Not For Profit

$41,904 79 91
#45 St. Andrews University

Laurinburg, Private Not For Profit

$42,080 NA NA
#46 Catawba College

Salisbury, Private Not For Profit

$43,640 47 66
#47 Barton College

Wilson, Private Not For Profit

$43,790 37 19
#48 Gardner Webb University

Boiling Springs, Private Not For Profit

$44,420 45 54
#49 William Peace University

Raleigh, Private Not For Profit

$44,490 33 7
#50 Salem College

Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit

$44,516 37 36
#51 North Carolina Wesleyan College

Rocky Mount, Private Not For Profit

$44,526 30 32
#52 Mars Hill University

Mars Hill, Private Not For Profit

$44,930 NA NA
#53 Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, Private Not For Profit

$45,290 44 38
#54 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, Public Not For Profit

$48,889 88 99
#55 Campbell University

Buies Creek, Private Not For Profit

$50,216 56 54
#56 Methodist University

Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit

$50,304 40 9
#57 Johnson & Wales University Charlotte

Charlotte, Private Not For Profit

$50,444 NA NA
#58 Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, Private Not For Profit

$50,789 63 68
#59 Wingate University

Wingate, Private Not For Profit

$50,806 NA NA
#60 Warren Wilson College

Swannanoa, Private Not For Profit

$50,950 52 52