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 71 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 $3,356. 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 2022-2022 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
North Carolina Wesleyan College

Rocky Mount, NC

Barton College

Wilson, NC

Mars Hill University

Mars Hill, NC

Methodist University

Fayetteville, NC

Johnson & Wales University Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

Warren Wilson College

Swannanoa, NC

Campbell University

Buies Creek, NC

Wingate University

Wingate, NC

Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

High Point University

High Point, NC

Elon University

Elon, NC

Meredith College

Raleigh, NC

Lenoir Rhyne University

Hickory, NC

Davidson College

Davidson, NC

Wake Forest University

Winston Salem, NC

Duke University

Durham, NC