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
#1 Carolina Christian College

Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit

$14,330 NA NA
#2 Grace College of Divinity

Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit

$16,169 NA NA
#3 Shepherds Theological Seminary

Cary, Private Not For Profit

$16,226 NA NA
#4 Carolina Bible College

Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit

$16,354 NA NA
#5 University of Phoenix Raleigh Campus

Raleigh, Private For Profit

$16,435 NA NA
#6 University of Phoenix Charlotte Campus

Charlotte, Private For Profit

$16,470 NA NA
#7 Piedmont International University

Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit

$16,590 54 55
#8 Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, Public Not For Profit

$17,043 26 78
#9 Heritage Bible College

Dunn, Private Not For Profit

$19,246 NA NA
#10 University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, Public Not For Profit

$19,621 25 8
#11 Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, Public Not For Profit

$19,855 46 33
#12 Miller Motte College Wilmington

Wilmington, Private For Profit

$20,890 NA NA
#13 New Life Theological Seminary

Charlotte, Private Not For Profit

$21,580 NA NA
#14 Apex School of Theology

Durham, Private Not For Profit

$23,250 NA NA
#15 Laurel University

High Point, Private Not For Profit

$23,510 NA NA
#16 DeVry University North Carolina

Charlotte, Private For Profit

$23,769 NA NA
#17 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

Concord, Private Not For Profit

$25,286 66 69
#18 Saint Augustines College

Raleigh, Private Not For Profit

$26,026 17 1
#19 Shaw University

Raleigh, Private Not For Profit

$26,294 NA NA
#20 Livingstone College

Salisbury, Private Not For Profit

$26,390 17 1
#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
#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
#61 Elon University

Elon, Private Not For Profit

$51,962 77 32
#62 Meredith College

Raleigh, Private Not For Profit

$52,548 55 50
#63 Guilford College

Greensboro, Private Not For Profit

$53,790 46 41
#64 Lenoir Rhyne University

Hickory, Private Not For Profit

$53,960 NA NA
#65 Davidson College

Davidson, Private Not For Profit

$71,400 92 96
#66 Wake Forest University

Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit

$74,780 NA NA
#67 Duke University

Durham, Private Not For Profit

$75,093 98 98