North Carolina Out of State Tuition Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in North Carolina by Out of State Tuition for 2021

Cheapest Colleges in North Carolina by Out of State Tuition

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 tuition. 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 tuition 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.

The most affordable four year colleges in North Carolina are listed by one year's out of state tuition list price for the 2018/2019 school year.

What is the cheapest college in North Carolina? Leading the colleges list is Apex School of Theology in Durham with an out of state tuition of $4,800.

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 2019/2020 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2019/2020 academic year.

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North Carolina's Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Tuition
College Out of State Tuition Rating Value
#1 Apex School of Theology

Durham, Private Not For Profit

$4,800 NA NA
#2 Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, Public Not For Profit

$5,000 32 92
#3 University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, Public Not For Profit

$5,000 24 13
#4 Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, Public Not For Profit

$5,000 43 29
#5 Carolina Bible College

Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit

$5,040 NA NA
#6 Grace College of Divinity

Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit

$6,000 NA NA
#7 Shepherds Theological Seminary

Cary, Private Not For Profit

$6,840 NA NA
#8 Heritage Bible College

Dunn, Private Not For Profit

$7,560 NA NA
#9 Carolina Christian College

Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit

$7,600 NA NA
#10 Piedmont International University

Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit

$8,850 53 54
#11 University of Phoenix Raleigh Campus

Raleigh, Private For Profit

$9,445 NA NA
#12 University of Phoenix Charlotte Campus

Charlotte, Private For Profit

$9,480 NA NA
#13 Miller Motte College Wilmington

Wilmington, Private For Profit

$10,080 NA NA
#14 New Life Theological Seminary

Charlotte, Private Not For Profit

$10,350 NA NA
#15 Laurel University

High Point, Private Not For Profit

$10,500 NA NA
#16 Shaw University

Raleigh, Private Not For Profit

$11,808 NA NA
#17 Saint Augustines College

Raleigh, Private Not For Profit

$12,890 26 7
#18 Cabarrus College of Health Sciences

Concord, Private Not For Profit

$13,054 69 70
#19 Winston Salem State University

Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit

$13,648 33 26
#20 Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, Public Not For Profit

$14,590 27 72