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Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$15,261 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$3,397 tuition
$7,178 on campus room & board
$2,158 books
$2,528 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)

$24,858 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$12,994 tuition
$7,178 on campus room & board
$2,158 books
$2,528 fees
(Based on stats from 2012/2013)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$1,592 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
84% of students receive aid
41% get federal aid ($4,739 avg)
55% get state aid ($3,331 avg)
64% get institn'l aid ($1,592 avg)
65% get loans ($5,394 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 11.2% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 3.69% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $6,820 70%
Federal Grant Aid $4,739 41%
Pell Grants $4,119 41%
Other Federal Grants $774 34%
Institution Grant Aid $1,592 64%
State Grant Aid $3,331 55%
Student Loans $5,394 65%
Federal Loans $5,040 62%
Other Loans $5,474 7%

Merit Aid Available

Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 15
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Financial Aid Contact Info
1 University Way
Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646
(828) 227-7100
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $293
Out of State $628


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Brittney from Cullowhee, NC
  • Apr-03-2014 I am a current student here

    This is the best school in North Carolina! Your tuition will not be to expensive and your class sizes will be small. You will have the best experience of your life and it may challenge you to come out of your comfort level.

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  • 4
  • Matthew from APEX, NC
  • Feb-07-2014 I am a current student here

    The school is well worth it, since it is one of the cheapest schools to pay for that offers a decent education.

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  • 5
  • Haley from Morganton, NC
  • Jan-02-2014 I am a current student here

    At a little more than $12,000 per year, you couldn't ask for a much better college experience. Textbook rental costs are already included in your tuition along with tutoring for nearly every subject. Students have free access to any home athletic events and the campus recreation center and pool. The on-campus theater costs only $2 per student and offers free popcorn along with recently released motion pictures.

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