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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 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 Carolina Christian College in Winston Salem with an out of state total cost of $14,200.

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 Out of State Total Cost
Out of State Total Cost College Rating $Value
$14,200
Out of State Total Cost
1) Carolina Christian College
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
- -
$15,375
Out of State Total Cost
2) Grace College of Divinity
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
- -
$15,610
Out of State Total Cost
3) Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, Public Not For Profit
36 93
$16,226
Out of State Total Cost
4) Shepherds Theological Seminary
Cary, Private Not For Profit
- -
$16,435
Out of State Total Cost
5) University of Phoenix Raleigh Campus
Raleigh, Private For Profit
- -
$16,470
Out of State Total Cost
6) University of Phoenix Charlotte Campus
Charlotte, Private For Profit
- -
$16,590
Out of State Total Cost
7) Piedmont International University
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
67 77
$17,847
Out of State Total Cost
8) University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, Public Not For Profit
20 43
$19,084
Out of State Total Cost
9) Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, Public Not For Profit
64 77
$19,246
Out of State Total Cost
10) Heritage Bible College
Dunn, Private Not For Profit
- -
$20,890
Out of State Total Cost
11) Miller Motte College Wilmington
Wilmington, Private For Profit
- -
$20,945
Out of State Total Cost
12) New Life Theological Seminary
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
- -
$21,550
Out of State Total Cost
13) Apex School of Theology
Durham, Private Not For Profit
- -
$23,510
Out of State Total Cost
14) Laurel University
High Point, Private Not For Profit
- -
$23,729
Out of State Total Cost
15) Carolina Bible College
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
- -
$23,769
Out of State Total Cost
16) DeVry University North Carolina
Charlotte, Private For Profit
- -
$24,514
Out of State Total Cost
17) Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Concord, Private Not For Profit
41 61
$25,100
Out of State Total Cost
18) Mid Atlantic Christian University
Elizabeth City, Private Not For Profit
39 55
$25,938
Out of State Total Cost
19) Shaw University
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
- -
$25,984
Out of State Total Cost
20) Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, Public Not For Profit
26 78
$26,390
Out of State Total Cost
21) Livingstone College
Salisbury, Private Not For Profit
- -
$26,582
Out of State Total Cost
22) Saint Augustines College
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
- -
$26,598
Out of State Total Cost
23) Living Arts College
Raleigh, Private For Profit
- -
$27,036
Out of State Total Cost
24) Johnson C Smith University
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
37 51
$27,770
Out of State Total Cost
25) Winston Salem State University
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
31 63
$28,027
Out of State Total Cost
26) Bennett College for Women
Greensboro, Private Not For Profit
13 -
$29,046
Out of State Total Cost
27) North Carolina A & T State University
Greensboro, Public Not For Profit
39 71
$29,994
Out of State Total Cost
28) Belmont Abbey College
Belmont, Private Not For Profit
33 32
$30,500
Out of State Total Cost
29) Mount Olive College
Mount Olive, Private Not For Profit
46 66
$30,921
Out of State Total Cost
30) North Carolina Central University
Durham, Public Not For Profit
39 67
$31,419
Out of State Total Cost
31) Appalachian State University
Boone, Public Not For Profit
67 84
$32,178
Out of State Total Cost
32) South College Asheville
Asheville, Private For Profit
- -
$32,968
Out of State Total Cost
33) University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, Public Not For Profit
75 77
$33,969
Out of State Total Cost
34) University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, Public Not For Profit
61 75
$34,230
Out of State Total Cost
35) University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, Public Not For Profit
42 75
$34,448
Out of State Total Cost
36) University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, Public Not For Profit
51 76
$35,251
Out of State Total Cost
37) East Carolina University
Greenville, Public Not For Profit
46 71
$35,380
Out of State Total Cost
38) Chowan University
Murfreesboro, Private Not For Profit
29 41
$35,825
Out of State Total Cost
39) University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
78 82
$37,269
Out of State Total Cost
40) Montreat College
Montreat, Private Not For Profit
50 57
$37,356
Out of State Total Cost
41) St. Andrews University
Laurinburg, Private Not For Profit
63 58
$37,506
Out of State Total Cost
42) Lees McRae College
Banner Elk, Private Not For Profit
- -
$40,440
Out of State Total Cost
43) Brevard College
Brevard, Private Not For Profit
- -
$40,604
Out of State Total Cost
44) North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, Public Not For Profit
86 84
$41,240
Out of State Total Cost
45) Greensboro College
Greensboro, Private Not For Profit
49 37
$41,600
Out of State Total Cost
46) William Peace University
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
45 52
$41,850
Out of State Total Cost
47) North Carolina Wesleyan College
Rocky Mount, Private Not For Profit
29 43
$42,200
Out of State Total Cost
48) Barton College
Wilson, Private Not For Profit
53 55
$42,276
Out of State Total Cost
49) Salem College
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
75 75
$42,408
Out of State Total Cost
50) Catawba College
Salisbury, Private Not For Profit
56 66
$42,560
Out of State Total Cost
51) Mars Hill University
Mars Hill, Private Not For Profit
42 59
$42,960
Out of State Total Cost
52) Pfeiffer University
Misenheimer, Private Not For Profit
41 49
$44,160
Out of State Total Cost
53) Gardner Webb University
Boiling Springs, Private Not For Profit
61 66
$45,640
Out of State Total Cost
54) Campbell University
Buies Creek, Private Not For Profit
50 49
$45,946
Out of State Total Cost
55) Wingate University
Wingate, Private Not For Profit
37 52
$46,544
Out of State Total Cost
56) Queens University of Charlotte
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
53 54
$47,308
Out of State Total Cost
57) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, Public Not For Profit
95 88
$47,681
Out of State Total Cost
58) Johnson & Wales University Charlotte
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
- -
$47,828
Out of State Total Cost
59) Methodist University
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
45 33
$48,110
Out of State Total Cost
60) Warren Wilson College
Swannanoa, Private Not For Profit
47 37
$48,449
Out of State Total Cost
61) Elon University
Elon, Private Not For Profit
74 54
$48,956
Out of State Total Cost
62) Meredith College
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
63 60
$49,970
Out of State Total Cost
63) Guilford College
Greensboro, Private Not For Profit
- -
$50,070
Out of State Total Cost
64) Lenoir Rhyne University
Hickory, Private Not For Profit
42 54
$66,819
Out of State Total Cost
65) Davidson College
Davidson, Private Not For Profit
96 70
$69,238
Out of State Total Cost
66) Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
- -
$72,133
Out of State Total Cost
67) Duke University
Durham, Private Not For Profit
98 77