North Carolina 2-year college students pay $2,470 in tuition and fees


North Carolina two-year colleges charged students $2,470 in tuition and fees during the 2018-19 academic year, the third lowest cost among 49 states examined, the College Board said in a new report.

The tuition and fee amount in the state reflects a 2 percent increase over the previous five years, according to the College Board, a nonprofit group that helps students gain access to higher education.

The average amount charged by two-year colleges nationwide for tuition and fees is $3,660, and the average tuition and fee amount has risen 5 percent over the past five years, the analysis found.

The reported tuition and fee amounts, however, may not reflect efforts by states to reduce higher education costs, since such programs may provide additional student aid but don’t eliminate the tuition and fees, according to the College Board.

Data on Alaska’s community colleges was not available.

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Average 2018-19 Tuition and Fees at Public 2-Year Colleges

Rank (Lowest to Highest Tuition and Fees)State2018-19 In-District Tuition and FeesFive-Year % Change
1California$1,430-7%
2New Mexico$1,8406%
3North Carolina$2,4702%
4Arizona$2,5802%
5Texas$2,62010%
6Kansas$3,13014%
7Nebraska$3,18010%
8Mississippi$3,19024%
9Wyoming$3,24015%
10Florida$3,250-4%
11Nevada$3,40017%
12Missouri$3,58011%
13Arkansas$3,70014%
14Montana$3,7309%
15Maine$3,7502%
16Georgia$3,8103%
17Utah$3,8107%
18Michigan$3,86011%
19Hawaii$3,92012%
20Illinois$4,14013%
21Idaho$4,1905%
22Louisiana$4,19015%
23West Virginia$4,32022%
24Oklahoma$4,38023%
25Connecticut$4,4008%
26Washington$4,440-4%
27Colorado$4,51012%
28Wisconsin$4,5501%
29Rhode Island$4,5607%
30Tennessee$4,56012%
31Maryland$4,6809%
32Indiana$4,71015%
33Ohio$4,7200%
34Alabama$4,7606%
35North Dakota$4,8309%
36Delaware$4,85011%
37New Jersey$5,04010%
38Virginia$5,26013%
39Kentucky$5,31014%
40Oregon$5,31011%
41Iowa$5,32012%
42Minnesota$5,440-6%
43Pennsylvania$5,48014%
44New York$5,49010%
45South Carolina$5,64016%
46Massachusetts$6,30014%
47South Dakota$6,70012%
48New Hampshire$7,090-2%
49Vermont$8,1907%
Source: College Board; Annual Survey of Colleges; National Center for Education Statistics

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