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ECU Tuition & Cost

Greenville, North Carolina

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State North Carolina Resident Sticker Price

In State Costs for East Carolina University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,546
Other Fees$2,845
Room and Board $10,450
Other Expenses Budget$3,922

Out of State Resident Sticker Price

Out of State Costs for East Carolina University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,546
Other Fees$2,845
Room and Board $10,450
Other Expenses Budget$3,922

In-State Tuition

In-state tuition at East Carolina University for undergraduate students residing in North Carolina is $4,452. Room and board charges total $10,450 per year. Students will also need to budget for books and supplies, which typically amount to $1,546 annually. Other administrative or academic fees are $2,845 for the year. Additionally, students should plan an estimated $3,922 for other miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. In sum, residents attending East Carolina University full time should expect a total annual cost of $23,215.

Out-of-State Tuition

Undergraduate tuition at East Carolina University is $20,729 for out-of-state students. Additionally, out-of-state students are charged $10,450 for room and board, $1,546 for textbooks and educational resources, plus fees of $2,845. Students are advised to budget $3,922 for other expenses. When these costs are combined, annual out-of-state charges total $39,492. This figure is 70.1% higher than what North Carolina residents pay.

All price data is sourced from the 2021/2022 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

The average reported annual net price for East Carolina University for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $15,403 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending East Carolina University, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that this net price can fluctuate based on factors such as family income and individual financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020

Net Price by Income East Carolina University
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$11,260
$30,001 to $48,000$13,029
$48,001 to $75,000$16,654
$75,001 to $110,000$20,488

Financial Aid

79% of full-time undergrad East Carolina University received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $7,231 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 57% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,325 and 10% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $13,663.

Finanical Aid East Carolina University
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $7,231 79%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $3,379 49%
Pell Grants $4,845 34%
Other Federal Grants $1,065 42%
State and Local Grants $2,818 32%
Federal Student Loans $5,325 57%
Other Student Loans $13,663 10%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to East Carolina University, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $38,056. The loan balance of $38,056 is a four year multiple of the $9,514 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $403 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 4.99%.

Example Loan $38,056
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 4.99%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $403.46
Total Interest Paid $10,358.83
Sum of All Loan Payments $48,414.83

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price

Year North Carolina Residents Non Residents
1 $23,215 $39,492
2 $23,308 $39,649
3 $23,400 $39,807
4 $23,494 $39,966

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at East Carolina University to be $92,860 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 0.4% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at East Carolina University
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
North Carolina Residents $185 $555 $740
Out of State Residents $864 $2,592 $3,456

Estimated cost for a class at East Carolina University based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at East Carolina University versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

East Carolina University Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=198464 IPEDS survey data for East Carolina University.