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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 2017/2018 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 Heritage Bible College in Dunn with an out of state total cost of $13,728.

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 2017-2018 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2017-2018 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
$13,728
Out of State Total Cost
1) Heritage Bible College
Dunn, Private Not For Profit
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$14,916
Out of State Total Cost
2) Grace College of Divinity
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
- -
$16,226
Out of State Total Cost
3) Shepherds Theological Seminary
Cary, Private Not For Profit
- -
$16,435
Out of State Total Cost
4) University of Phoenix Raleigh Campus
Raleigh, Private For Profit
- -
$16,470
Out of State Total Cost
5) University of Phoenix Charlotte Campus
Charlotte, Private For Profit
- -
$16,548
Out of State Total Cost
6) Carolina Bible College
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
- -
$16,590
Out of State Total Cost
7) Piedmont International University
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
66 77
$17,418
Out of State Total Cost
8) Carolina Christian College
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
- -
$20,548
Out of State Total Cost
9) New Life Theological Seminary
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
- -
$20,890
Out of State Total Cost
10) Miller Motte College Wilmington
Wilmington, Private For Profit
- -
$21,350
Out of State Total Cost
11) Apex School of Theology
Durham, Private Not For Profit
- -
$23,510
Out of State Total Cost
12) Laurel University
High Point, Private Not For Profit
80 82
$23,769
Out of State Total Cost
13) DeVry University North Carolina
Charlotte, Private For Profit
- -
$23,880
Out of State Total Cost
14) Mid Atlantic Christian University
Elizabeth City, Private Not For Profit
36 54
$23,946
Out of State Total Cost
15) Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Concord, Private Not For Profit
- -
$25,659
Out of State Total Cost
16) Livingstone College
Salisbury, Private Not For Profit
- -
$25,818
Out of State Total Cost
17) Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, Public Not For Profit
31 78
$25,938
Out of State Total Cost
18) Shaw University
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
- -
$26,161
Out of State Total Cost
19) Living Arts College
Raleigh, Private For Profit
- -
$26,180
Out of State Total Cost
20) Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, Public Not For Profit
38 93
$27,036
Out of State Total Cost
21) Johnson C Smith University
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
38 50
$27,136
Out of State Total Cost
22) Saint Augustines College
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
- -
$27,517
Out of State Total Cost
23) Winston Salem State University
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
31 75
$28,027
Out of State Total Cost
24) Bennett College for Women
Greensboro, Private Not For Profit
- -
$28,034
Out of State Total Cost
25) University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, Public Not For Profit
24 55
$28,276
Out of State Total Cost
26) North Carolina A & T State University
Greensboro, Public Not For Profit
40 74
$29,175
Out of State Total Cost
27) Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, Public Not For Profit
63 79
$29,200
Out of State Total Cost
28) Mount Olive College
Mount Olive, Private Not For Profit
59 79
$29,994
Out of State Total Cost
29) Belmont Abbey College
Belmont, Private Not For Profit
24 5
$30,458
Out of State Total Cost
30) North Carolina Central University
Durham, Public Not For Profit
27 64
$30,982
Out of State Total Cost
31) Appalachian State University
Boone, Public Not For Profit
68 83
$32,178
Out of State Total Cost
32) South College Asheville
Asheville, Private For Profit
- -
$32,681
Out of State Total Cost
33) University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Wilmington, Public Not For Profit
66 78
$33,592
Out of State Total Cost
34) University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, Public Not For Profit
48 79
$33,874
Out of State Total Cost
35) University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, Public Not For Profit
62 83
$34,174
Out of State Total Cost
36) University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, Public Not For Profit
61 80
$34,561
Out of State Total Cost
37) East Carolina University
Greenville, Public Not For Profit
52 75
$34,680
Out of State Total Cost
38) Chowan University
Murfreesboro, Private Not For Profit
29 47
$35,333
Out of State Total Cost
39) University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit
74 83
$35,803
Out of State Total Cost
40) Montreat College
Montreat, Private Not For Profit
38 51
$37,386
Out of State Total Cost
41) Lees McRae College
Banner Elk, Private Not For Profit
- -
$38,070
Out of State Total Cost
42) St. Andrews University
Laurinburg, Private Not For Profit
38 39
$39,342
Out of State Total Cost
43) North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, Public Not For Profit
86 84
$39,500
Out of State Total Cost
44) William Peace University
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
33 43
$40,005
Out of State Total Cost
45) Brevard College
Brevard, Private Not For Profit
- -
$40,250
Out of State Total Cost
46) North Carolina Wesleyan College
Rocky Mount, Private Not For Profit
33 42
$41,054
Out of State Total Cost
47) Barton College
Wilson, Private Not For Profit
52 61
$41,220
Out of State Total Cost
48) Greensboro College
Greensboro, Private Not For Profit
50 56
$41,466
Out of State Total Cost
49) Salem College
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
- -
$41,804
Out of State Total Cost
50) Mars Hill University
Mars Hill, Private Not For Profit
39 54
$41,808
Out of State Total Cost
51) Catawba College
Salisbury, Private Not For Profit
59 66
$42,032
Out of State Total Cost
52) Pfeiffer University
Misenheimer, Private Not For Profit
46 62
$42,280
Out of State Total Cost
53) Gardner Webb University
Boiling Springs, Private Not For Profit
58 60
$43,900
Out of State Total Cost
54) Wingate University
Wingate, Private Not For Profit
51 65
$43,940
Out of State Total Cost
55) Campbell University
Buies Creek, Private Not For Profit
44 39
$45,842
Out of State Total Cost
56) Johnson & Wales University Charlotte
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
- -
$46,376
Out of State Total Cost
57) Queens University of Charlotte
Charlotte, Private Not For Profit
51 51
$46,470
Out of State Total Cost
58) Methodist University
Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit
45 52
$46,754
Out of State Total Cost
59) Warren Wilson College
Swannanoa, Private Not For Profit
- -
$47,042
Out of State Total Cost
60) Elon University
Elon, Private Not For Profit
80 59
$47,484
Out of State Total Cost
61) Meredith College
Raleigh, Private Not For Profit
- -
$47,748
Out of State Total Cost
62) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, Public Not For Profit
95 88
$48,013
Out of State Total Cost
63) Guilford College
Greensboro, Private Not For Profit
- -
$48,660
Out of State Total Cost
64) Lenoir Rhyne University
Hickory, Private Not For Profit
41 53
$64,903
Out of State Total Cost
65) Davidson College
Davidson, Private Not For Profit
96 76
$66,730
Out of State Total Cost
66) Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit
- -
$69,558
Out of State Total Cost
67) Duke University
Durham, Private Not For Profit
98 77