If you’re looking to get a fantastic education there is no need to look outside the state of North Carolina. College can be expensive and staying in state can save you significant money by choosing a public university. Luckily, North Carolina has 16 incredible public universities. And even compared to in-state tuition in other states such as South Carolina, they are relatively affordable. But which North Carolina universities have the cheapest tuition?

This data comes to us from US News and World Report, which released its 2024 Best Colleges Rankings this week. These reports and lists cover a variety of factors from best overall, regional, liberal arts, and best value schools. To create this list of the North Carolina universities with the cheapest tuition I filtered by North Carolina and then sorted the results by cost. This gave me a combination of the public and private universities and cost was filtered by out-of-state. But for your info, I ranked each school by the reported (by US News) tuition cost for in-state students at each of the public universities in NC.

There are 16 public universities in the state. Each of these are incredible unique universities with lots to offer potential students. You’ll find a profile of each of them below with the tuition as reported by US News in order of least expensive to most expensive. Though even the most expensive is less than $10,000. These costs are just tuition and do not include the cost of room and board, food, and other fees. So you’ll have to factor in them. But it’s great to know our state has so many wonderful higher education institutions.

You can read the info directly from US News here.

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