Online Colleges in North Carolina (NC) Ranked by Cost

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Schools around North Carolina offering online programs charge students a median tuition of $2,129 per year. The median tuition has increased by 53.6% in recent years. In 2007, the per annum median tuition was $1,386 at these online North Carolina colleges and universities.

The tuition range for online colleges in North Carolina offering programs is displayed in the following graph. Tuition is shown from the highest to lowest cost colleges and universities.

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 27
Low cost 8
Average cost 8
Most expensive 12

A yearly tuition of over $10,320 is charged by the costliest schools that have online programs. However, tuition ranging from $1,356 to $2,034 each year is charged by the cheapest schools. Graham, Morganton, New Bern, Pinehurst, and Winston Salem are home to the lowest cost accredited online schools.

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In 2011, of all graduates from online colleges and universities in North Carolina, roughly 18% earned credentials from these reasonably priced programs. Therefore, of the 275,123 graduates in North Carolina, 49,296 are from the most inexpensive colleges and universities. From 2006 to 2011, the number of graduates from the least costly online schools has increased by 5,728 graduates per year. However, the percentage of graduates from these schools has remained constant.

Other somewhat more costly online colleges and universities charge a yearly tuition in the range of $2,129 to $2,961. Of the 55 online colleges and universities with programs in North Carolina, 8 offer programs with tuition in this range.

In 2011, 77,997 students received their certificates from these cheap online programs. This represents 28% of the state’s graduates. In 2006, which was only 5 years earlier, the number of graduates from these colleges was only 46,051 students. Therefore, the number of students graduating from these cheap online colleges has increased by 69%.

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1. Davidson County Community College Thomasville, North Carolina $1,356 $5,964
2. Craven Community College New Bern, North Carolina $1,356 $5,964
3. Randolph Community College Asheboro, North Carolina $1,356 $5,964
4. Forsyth Technical Community College Winston Salem, North Carolina $1,462 $7,798
5. Sandhills Community College Pinehurst, North Carolina $1,600 $7,722
6. Southwestern Community College Sylva, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
7. Surry Community College Dobson, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
8. Richmond Community College Hamlet, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
9. Gaston College Dallas, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
10. Wilson Community College Wilson, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
11. South Piedmont Community College Polkton, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
12. Guilford Technical Community College Jamestown, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
13. Wayne Community College Goldsboro, North Carolina $1,808 $8,024
14. Montgomery Community College Troy, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
15. Piedmont Community College Roxboro, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
16. Alamance Community College Graham, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
17. Stanly Community College Albemarle, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
18. Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Salisbury, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
19. Beaufort County Community College Washington, North Carolina $1,808 $7,952
20. Catawba Valley Community College Hickory, North Carolina $1,808 $7,808

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