North Carolina Colleges Ranked by Lowest In State Tution

Cheapest Colleges in North Carolina by In State Tution

Below is a college cost ranking of the 67 colleges in North Carolina with the lowest in state tution. What is the cheapest college in North Carolina? Elizabeth City State University tops the list with a tuition and fee total of $3,326. Note these costs do not include room and board or living expenses.

Affordable doesn't simply mean finding a school with a low published price. 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 in state tution with no consideration of actual average price paid or academic quality of the school. Please see the CollegeSimply Best Value Colleges in North Carolina list for a ranking which considers school quality and average net price.

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.

List of North Carolina Colleges Ranked by Lowest In State Tution
School Tuition In State
Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, NC

$3,326
University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Pembroke, NC

$3,495
Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

$4,367
Apex School of Theology

Durham, NC

$5,100
Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, NC

$5,379
Carolina Bible College

Fayetteville, NC

$6,084
Grace College of Divinity

Fayetteville, NC

$6,210
Winston Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC

$6,247
North Carolina Central University

Durham, NC

$6,644
North Carolina A & T State University

Greensboro, NC

$6,733
Shepherds Theological Seminary

Cary, NC

$7,170
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

$7,188
University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

$7,238
East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

$7,297
University of North Carolina at Asheville

Asheville, NC

$7,319
Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

$7,410
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, NC

$7,468
Heritage Bible College

Dunn, NC

$8,328