The price of education: Which 4-year North Carolina schools charge the lowest in-state tuition?


North Carolina residents attending four-year schools pay the lowest in-state tuition at Elizabeth City State University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Western Carolina University, according to an analysis of federal data.

The analysis includes the cost of tuition only for the 2018-19 academic year reported by four-year schools to the U.S. Department of Education.

Where do residents pay the lowest in-state tuition?

Rank
School
City
Enrollment
2018-19 tuition
1
Elizabeth City State University
City
1,411
$3,194
2
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke
6,252
$3,418
3
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee
11,034
$3,926
4
Apex School of Theology
Durham
824
$5,100
5
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville
6,226
$5,249
6
Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem
5,098
$5,904
7
Grace College of Divinity
Fayetteville
144
$6,100
8
Carolina College of Biblical Studies
Fayetteville
193
$6,320
9
North Carolina Central University
Durham
8,097
$6,464
10
North Carolina A & T State University
Greensboro
11,877
$6,612
11
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte
29,317
$6,853
12
University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville
3,852
$7,145
13
East Carolina University
Greenville
29,131
$7,188
14
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro
19,922
$7,331
15
Appalachian State University
Boone
18,811
$7,364
16
Heritage Bible College
Dunn
42
$8,328
17
Carolina Christian College
Salem
42
$8,800
18
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hill
29,911
$8,987
19
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh
34,432
$9,101
20
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Winston-Salem
1,014
$9,371
21
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Forest
2,638
$9,394
22
University of Phoenix-North Carolina
Charlotte
157
$9,552
23
Piedmont International University
Winston-Salem
669
$9,920
24
Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary
Charlotte
97
$10,368
25
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences
Concord
453
$13,194
26
Strayer University-North Carolina
Morrisville
5,176
$13,380
27
Mid-Atlantic Christian University
City
192
$15,300
28
Shaw University
Raleigh
1,660
$16,480
29
Living Arts College
Raleigh
263
$16,600
30
South University-High Point
Point
378
$17,014
31
Saint Augustine's University
Raleigh
974
$17,890
32
DeVry University-North Carolina
Charlotte
197
$18,085
33
Johnson C Smith University
Charlotte
1,483
$18,236
34
Livingstone College
Salisbury
1,150
$18,296
35
Belmont Abbey College
Belmont
1,555
$18,500
36
Bennett College
Greensboro
493
$18,513
37
Chamberlain University-North Carolina
Charlotte
135
$19,375
38
University of Mount Olive
Olive
3,451
$20,600
39
Miller-Motte College-Wilmington
Wilmington
1,708
$24,160
40
Chowan University
Murfreesboro
1,503
$24,980
41
Lees-McRae College
Elk
921
$25,878
42
St Andrews University
Laurinburg
665
$26,648
43
Montreat College
Montreat
917
$26,920
44
Brevard College
Brevard
677
$28,640
45
Greensboro College
Greensboro
1,081
$29,140
46
Salem College
Winston-Salem
984
$29,166
47
Pfeiffer University
Misenheimer
1,306
$30,234
48
William Peace University
Raleigh
930
$30,500
49
Catawba College
Salisbury
1,336
$30,520
50
North Carolina Wesleyan College
Mount
2,093
$30,750
51
Barton College
Wilson
960
$30,880
52
Gardner-Webb University
Springs
3,818
$32,000
53
Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte
Charlotte
1,892
$32,441
54
Campbell University
Creek
6,604
$32,500
55
Mars Hill University
Hill
1,277
$32,968
56
Wingate University
Wingate
3,620
$33,166
57
Methodist University
Fayetteville
2,259
$33,852
58
Queens University of Charlotte
Charlotte
2,507
$34,684
59
High Point University
Point
4,951
$35,118
60
Elon University
Elon
6,791
$35,319
61
Warren Wilson College
Swannanoa
661
$36,280
62
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Hickory
2,557
$36,400
63
Guilford College
Greensboro
1,680
$37,120
64
Meredith College
Raleigh
1,980
$37,176
65
Davidson College
Davidson
1,810
$51,447
66
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem
8,116
$53,322
67
Duke University
Durham
16,130
$55,695

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Apex School of Theology Appalachian State University Barton College Belmont Abbey College Bennett College Brevard College Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Campbell University Carolina Christian College Carolina College of Biblical Studies Catawba College Chamberlain University-North Carolina Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary Chowan University Davidson College DeVry University-North Carolina Duke University East Carolina University Elizabeth City State University Elon University Fayetteville State University Gardner-Webb University Grace College of Divinity Greensboro College Guilford College Heritage Bible College High Point University Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte Johnson C Smith University Lees-McRae College Lenoir-Rhyne University Living Arts College Livingstone College Mars Hill University Meredith College Methodist University Mid-Atlantic Christian University Miller-Motte College-Wilmington Montreat College North Carolina A & T State University North Carolina Central University North Carolina State University at Raleigh North Carolina Wesleyan College Pfeiffer University Piedmont International University Queens University of Charlotte Saint Augustine's University Salem College Shaw University South University-High Point Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary St Andrews University Strayer University-North Carolina University of Mount Olive University of North Carolina at Asheville University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of North Carolina at Pembroke University of North Carolina School of the Arts University of Phoenix-North Carolina Wake Forest University Warren Wilson College Western Carolina University William Peace University Wingate University Winston-Salem State University

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