North Carolina Out of State Tuition Ranking

The Cheapest Colleges in North Carolina by Out of State Tuition for 2023

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 2021/2022 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 2021/2022 IPEDS Survey and reflect reported costs for the 2021/2022 academic year.

North Carolina's Cheapest Colleges by Out of State Tuition
College Out of State Tuition Rating Value
#21 Living Arts College

Raleigh, Private For Profit

$15,324 NA NA
#22 Mid Atlantic Christian University

Elizabeth City, Private Not For Profit

$15,520 38 12
#23 DeVry University North Carolina

Charlotte, Private For Profit

$15,835 NA NA
#24 Livingstone College

Salisbury, Private Not For Profit

$15,917 19 2
#25 Bennett College for Women

Greensboro, Private Not For Profit

$16,000 NA NA
#26 Johnson C Smith University

Charlotte, Private Not For Profit

$16,174 33 12
#27 North Carolina Central University

Durham, Public Not For Profit

$16,435 30 32
#28 North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, Public Not For Profit

$17,050 29 37
#29 University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, Public Not For Profit

$17,246 53 37
#30 Belmont Abbey College

Belmont, Private Not For Profit

$18,500 28 2
#31 University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, Public Not For Profit

$18,508 60 42
#32 Greensboro College

Greensboro, Private Not For Profit

$18,960 29 8
#33 South College Asheville

Asheville, Private For Profit

$19,050 NA NA
#34 University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, Public Not For Profit

$19,581 46 66
#35 Appalachian State University

Boone, Public Not For Profit

$19,849 52 70
#36 East Carolina University

Greenville, Public Not For Profit

$20,729 45 28
#37 University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, Public Not For Profit

$21,470 54 55
#38 Mount Olive College

Mount Olive, Private Not For Profit

$21,618 31 28
#39 University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit

$23,731 66 85
#40 Chowan University

Murfreesboro, Private Not For Profit

$25,880 15 1