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
#21 Mid Atlantic Christian University

Elizabeth City, Private Not For Profit

$14,880 33 7
#22 Living Arts College

Raleigh, Private For Profit

$15,324 NA NA
#23 DeVry University North Carolina

Charlotte, Private For Profit

$15,835 NA NA
#24 Livingstone College

Salisbury, Private Not For Profit

$15,917 16 NA
#25 Bennett College for Women

Greensboro, Private Not For Profit

$15,964 NA NA
#26 Johnson C Smith University

Charlotte, Private Not For Profit

$16,014 27 7
#27 North Carolina Central University

Durham, Public Not For Profit

$16,435 26 23
#28 North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, Public Not For Profit

$17,050 30 39
#29 University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, Public Not For Profit

$17,246 55 41
#30 Belmont Abbey College

Belmont, Private Not For Profit

$18,500 31 4
#31 Greensboro College

Greensboro, Private Not For Profit

$18,500 29 32
#32 University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, Public Not For Profit

$18,508 59 40
#33 Appalachian State University

Boone, Public Not For Profit

$19,049 53 74
#34 South College Asheville

Asheville, Private For Profit

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

Greensboro, Public Not For Profit

$19,581 44 57
#36 East Carolina University

Greenville, Public Not For Profit

$20,729 49 46
#37 Mount Olive College

Mount Olive, Private Not For Profit

$21,194 35 24
#38 University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, Public Not For Profit

$21,470 54 59
#39 University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, Public Not For Profit

$23,040 65 85
#40 Chowan University

Murfreesboro, Private Not For Profit

$25,480 15 1
#41 Lees McRae College

Banner Elk, Private Not For Profit

$25,625 NA NA
#42 North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Raleigh, Public Not For Profit

$26,654 79 92
#43 Montreat College

Montreat, Private Not For Profit

$27,700 41 23
#44 St. Andrews University

Laurinburg, Private Not For Profit

$27,846 38 23
#45 Brevard College

Brevard, Private Not For Profit

$28,400 NA NA
#46 Salem College

Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit

$29,500 40 55
#47 Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, Private Not For Profit

$29,800 49 40
#48 Mars Hill University

Mars Hill, Private Not For Profit

$29,950 36 63
#49 Catawba College

Salisbury, Private Not For Profit

$30,520 46 71
#50 William Peace University

Raleigh, Private Not For Profit

$31,200 32 6
#51 North Carolina Wesleyan College

Rocky Mount, Private Not For Profit

$31,500 27 31
#52 Gardner Webb University

Boiling Springs, Private Not For Profit

$31,610 48 54
#53 Barton College

Wilson, Private Not For Profit

$31,732 42 26
#54 Campbell University

Buies Creek, Private Not For Profit

$32,380 55 61
#55 Johnson & Wales University Charlotte

Charlotte, Private Not For Profit

$33,054 NA NA
#56 Methodist University

Fayetteville, Private Not For Profit

$34,148 43 11
#57 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, Public Not For Profit

$34,198 88 99
#58 Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, Private Not For Profit

$34,438 64 76
#59 Wingate University

Wingate, Private Not For Profit

$35,190 35 33
#60 Elon University

Elon, Private Not For Profit

$36,082 76 40
#61 Warren Wilson College

Swannanoa, Private Not For Profit

$36,600 53 54
#62 Lenoir Rhyne University

Hickory, Private Not For Profit

$37,400 38 43
#63 Guilford College

Greensboro, Private Not For Profit

$37,920 46 43
#64 Meredith College

Raleigh, Private Not For Profit

$38,520 55 43
#65 Davidson College

Davidson, Private Not For Profit

$52,466 93 96
#66 Wake Forest University

Winston Salem, Private Not For Profit

$54,430 NA NA
#67 Duke University

Durham, Private Not For Profit

$55,880 99 98