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Net Price of North Carolina Colleges by Income

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College

Avg. Net Cost (by Family Income Bracket)

Name
Total Cost Per Year
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Appalachian State University Boone, NC
Total Cost Per Year $20,799
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $7,715
  • $10,023
  • $14,949
  • $19,120
  • $20,133
Barton College Wilson, NC
Total Cost Per Year $47,750
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $19,973
  • $17,860
  • $22,186
  • $23,667
  • $29,060
Belmont Abbey College Belmont, NC
Total Cost Per Year $33,990
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $17,915
  • $17,456
  • $21,269
  • $24,103
  • $25,305
Bennett College Greensboro, NC
Total Cost Per Year $35,872
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $21,419
  • $18,441
  • $17,499
  • $27,270
  • N/A*
Brevard College Brevard, NC
Total Cost Per Year $44,650
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $17,716
  • $19,180
  • $23,818
  • $25,481
  • $27,012
Campbell University Buies Creek, NC
Total Cost Per Year $58,800
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $19,337
  • $20,455
  • $20,899
  • $26,197
  • $31,342
Catawba College Salisbury, NC
Total Cost Per Year $48,344
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $15,793
  • $14,550
  • $15,214
  • $22,372
  • $25,723
Chowan University Murfreesboro, NC
Total Cost Per Year $38,170
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $14,953
  • $14,587
  • $16,812
  • $21,692
  • $23,839
Davidson College Davidson, NC
Total Cost Per Year $73,200
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $7,547
  • $10,011
  • $9,719
  • $15,671
  • $41,495
Duke University Durham, NC
Total Cost Per Year $79,860
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $3,931
  • $2,025
  • $10,076
  • $17,506
  • $49,945
East Carolina University Greenville, NC
Total Cost Per Year $23,215
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $11,494
  • $12,880
  • $17,577
  • $21,640
  • $22,499
Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, NC
Total Cost Per Year $14,425
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $1,992
  • $3,207
  • $4,932
  • $8,455
  • $12,366
Elon University Elon, NC
Total Cost Per Year $55,647
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $22,319
  • $18,489
  • $28,446
  • $36,307
  • $46,697
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC
Total Cost Per Year $17,626
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $4,178
  • $6,239
  • $8,953
  • $12,842
  • $12,640
Gardner-Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
Total Cost Per Year $46,990
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $18,532
  • $17,864
  • $19,783
  • $22,200
  • $26,185
Greensboro College Greensboro, NC
Total Cost Per Year $32,984
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $15,725
  • $15,370
  • $17,952
  • $21,443
  • $26,414
Guilford College Greensboro, NC
Total Cost Per Year $56,710
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $20,697
  • $21,068
  • $21,730
  • $25,263
  • $30,240
High Point University High Point, NC
Total Cost Per Year $59,408
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $31,039
  • $31,383
  • $32,672
  • $36,489
  • $40,265
Johnson C Smith University Charlotte, NC
Total Cost Per Year $33,444
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $19,031
  • $18,437
  • $21,783
  • $25,945
  • $25,504
Lees-McRae College Banner Elk, NC
Total Cost Per Year $42,640
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $17,535
  • $18,868
  • $20,627
  • $24,496
  • $26,880
Lenoir-Rhyne University Hickory, NC
Total Cost Per Year $58,910
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $21,606
  • $18,560
  • $19,288
  • $22,124
  • $26,379
Livingstone College Salisbury, NC
Total Cost Per Year $28,390
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $16,822
  • $14,789
  • $16,340
  • $19,975
  • $25,069
Mars Hill University Mars Hill, NC
Total Cost Per Year $47,489
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $15,963
  • $15,591
  • $14,892
  • $19,203
  • $23,600
Meredith College Raleigh, NC
Total Cost Per Year $56,034
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $15,404
  • $15,398
  • $17,611
  • $21,204
  • $27,659
Methodist University Fayetteville, NC
Total Cost Per Year $55,938
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $24,418
  • $23,045
  • $25,375
  • $29,833
  • $32,057
Montreat College Montreat, NC
Total Cost Per Year $43,240
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $20,689
  • $21,415
  • $23,414
  • $25,386
  • $29,746
University of Mount Olive Mount Olive, NC
Total Cost Per Year $35,138
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $15,882
  • $16,723
  • $14,592
  • $17,369
  • $19,714
North Carolina A & T State University Greensboro, NC
Total Cost Per Year $18,612
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $7,606
  • $8,973
  • $12,465
  • $16,981
  • $17,893
University of North Carolina at Asheville Asheville, NC
Total Cost Per Year $21,231
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $9,603
  • $10,476
  • $13,004
  • $17,063
  • $18,246
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
Total Cost Per Year $24,770
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $3,296
  • $5,441
  • $11,306
  • $18,991
  • $23,695
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
Total Cost Per Year $23,716
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $9,638
  • $11,212
  • $14,829
  • $18,716
  • $20,852
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
Total Cost Per Year $20,404
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $7,491
  • $8,714
  • $12,635
  • $16,597
  • $18,281
North Carolina Central University Durham, NC
Total Cost Per Year $25,160
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $12,256
  • $13,569
  • $15,726
  • $19,510
  • $22,618
University of North Carolina School of the Arts Winston-Salem, NC
Total Cost Per Year $24,335
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $6,660
  • $6,159
  • $11,772
  • $19,486
  • $22,977
North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, NC
Total Cost Per Year $24,986
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $6,369
  • $8,625
  • $14,132
  • $19,983
  • $23,370
North Carolina Wesleyan College Rocky Mount, NC
Total Cost Per Year $47,789
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $15,577
  • $15,966
  • $17,077
  • $20,995
  • $22,450
University of North Carolina Wilmington Wilmington, NC
Total Cost Per Year $25,855
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $11,916
  • $14,101
  • $19,438
  • $22,829
  • $24,292
William Peace University Raleigh, NC
Total Cost Per Year $49,184
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $21,009
  • $21,849
  • $24,988
  • $22,580
  • $28,821
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, NC
Total Cost Per Year $16,915
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $6,130
  • $7,521
  • $10,006
  • $13,008
  • $13,217
Pfeiffer University Misenheimer, NC
Total Cost Per Year $48,254
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $19,384
  • $17,826
  • $21,584
  • $20,429
  • $26,033
Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, NC
Total Cost Per Year $55,498
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $23,594
  • $24,405
  • $25,431
  • $30,871
  • $34,121
Saint Augustine's University Raleigh, NC
Total Cost Per Year $32,118
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $19,029
  • $19,296
  • $22,008
  • $22,031
  • $24,857
Salem College Winston-Salem, NC
Total Cost Per Year $49,466
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $14,974
  • $14,669
  • $12,914
  • $18,812
  • $32,380
Shaw University Raleigh, NC
Total Cost Per Year $29,734
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $14,584
  • N/A*
  • $28,004
  • $24,754
  • N/A*
Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
Total Cost Per Year $79,886
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $12,795
  • $7,203
  • $10,344
  • $18,728
  • $57,539
Warren Wilson College Swannanoa, NC
Total Cost Per Year $54,080
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $18,307
  • $24,459
  • $25,519
  • $28,730
  • $33,875
Wingate University Wingate, NC
Total Cost Per Year $55,780
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $15,847
  • $16,281
  • $17,509
  • $21,037
  • $22,526
Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem, NC
Total Cost Per Year $22,603
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $12,353
  • $13,854
  • $17,019
  • $20,177
  • $21,307
Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
Total Cost Per Year $19,018
Family Income
  • $0-$30K
  • $30-$48K
  • $48-$75K
  • $75-$110K
  • $110K+
Avg. Net Cost
  • $9,032
  • $11,543
  • $14,061
  • $16,629
  • $18,130

Source: National Center for Educational Statistics. This is the most recent data available as of January 2024.

*No data reported by the school or otherwise included in the U.S. Department of Education IPEDS database.

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Questions & Answers

  • What do all these numbers mean?

    All costs shown here are the average net cost paid by families in each income bracket for one year at the college in question. Net cost is the total cost of attendance for one year, minus government grants and institutional scholarships. Figures are based on data from the 2021-22 school year, which is the latest available as of January 2024.

  • What is the “Total Cost Per Year”?

    Total cost is the total cost of attendance for one year at that particular college. It includes:

    • Tuition and fees (in-state tuition for public schools)
    • Room and board (on campus)
    • Books and supplies
    • Other expenses (travel and personal)

    Click the View Details option under each school's total cost per year to see a detailed breakdown of its total cost of attendance.

  • How can I use this information?

    This information is useful for building a realistic college budget. The numbers show you what the average family in your income bracket paid at specific schools, after federal grants and institutional scholarships were awarded. Student loans are not included in these numbers. These figures are a good place to start, so you can begin your college financial planning with historical data and estimate what your costs might be, until you learn more about your specific situation.

  • Will my family pay the amount on this chart?

    Probably not. The numbers are averages. You may be below average or above average. However, there are two key points we can learn from this data:

    1. Families with higher incomes ($75,000-$110,000 and $110,000+) will pay closer to full price at public colleges.
    2. Private colleges have a higher list price, but they offer more financial aid, to help make their net price more affordable compared to public colleges.

  • Where did this information come from?

    As part of federal financial aid, colleges are required to provide detailed cost information to the U.S. government. This data is made available to the public through the National Center for Education Statistics. For more details, click here.

  • What about athletes, merit aid or minority students?

    Athletes, high achieving students, and those with minority status are averaged in with everyone else. Within each income bracket, there are families that pay more than average and families that pay less than average.

  • The costs on this chart seem large. How can families afford to pay it?

    For many families, paying for college is not easy, but most families pay their net cost of college with some combination of:

    • College savings and investments
    • Payments from current income
    • Federal student Direct Loans
    • Federal parent PLUS Loans
    • Private loans
    • Scholarships
    • Tax planning
    • Student work

    The right options depend on your student and your family situation. If you plan ahead and choose the right strategies, you can potentially make college much more affordable, and you can potentially save thousands of dollars on college costs. To learn how, sign up for my free planning e-newsletter. It's loaded with tips, articles, and resources to help you plan and pay for college with proven financial strategies.

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