Cost & Aid

The Value of a NC Wesleyan University Education

College is the gateway to a lifetime of opportunities for graduates. Cost & Aid can be overwhelming, but North Carolina Wesleyan can guide you down several pathways to an affordable college career. In fact, 100% of our traditional students receive financial assistance from a variety of sources such as grants, scholarships, work-study, and student loans.

Study shows some students end up paying less at a private college than a public institution due to the increased availability of merit and need-based scholarships.

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Considered the Most Affordable Private Institution in NC

According to a News & Observer article:
“Which NC colleges cost the least? What NYT rankings say about sticker vs. net prices”

According to a Student Loan Hero by Lendingtree article: “The Most Expensive and Least Expensive Colleges in Each State to Get a Bachelor’s Degree”

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What is a Net Price Calculator?
Net price calculators are available on a college’s or university’s website and allow prospective students to enter information about themselves to find out what students like them paid to attend the institution in the previous year, after taking grants and scholarship aid into account. This tool will help you and your family estimate your out-of-pocket costs. It’s easy to use and will take 10 minutes or less to complete.

What does Net Price mean?
Net Price is the amount that a student pays to attend an institution in a single academic year AFTER subtracting scholarships and grants the student receives. Scholarships and grants are forms of financial aid that a student does not have to pay back.

2023-2024 Cost of Attendance

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition $34,936 $17,468 per semester
Room (Double) $5,698 $2,849 per semester
Meal Plan $7,096 $3,548 per semester
Books FREE (Included in Tuition)
TOTAL: $47,730 $23,865 per semester*

*Does not include $100 Processing & Orientation Fee (first-year students only) and additional University Fees. Contact the Business office for more information.

*Per the DODMOU, the formula for Tuition is:
Tuition cost per year
X number of years to earn a degree
/ by 120 credit hours

Example: $34,936  x  4 /120 = $1,164.53 per semester hour

Traditional Students (In-State/Out-of-State) – $1,164.53* per credit hour

Adult & Professional Studies/Online Learning – $435 per credit hour

Undergraduate Tuition

Adult Studies/
Distance Learning
Tuition $1,164.53* per credit hour $435 per credit hour
10% Military Discount -$116.45 -$43.50
Estimated Cost of Books -$62.50
TOTAL MILITARY COST $985.58 per credit hour $391.50 per credit hour

Graduate Tuition

Master of  Business Administration (MBA)
$535 per credit hour

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) 
$525 per credit hour

Master of Public Health (MPH)
$550 per credit hour

Master of Science in Strategic Leadership (MSSL)
$535 per credit hour

Master of  Business Administration (MBA)
$535 per credit hour, approximate total program tuition $17,600 – $17,900

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) 
$525 per credit hour, approximate total program tuition $17,300 – $17,600

Master of Public Health (MPH)
$550 per credit hour, approximate total program tuition $23,200 – $24,000

Master of Science in Strategic Leadership (MSSL)
$535 per credit hour, approximate total program tuition $16,000 – $16,400 


Yes, it’s true. NC Wesleyan University is always looking for ways to make our students’ lives easier, so the cost of books will be rolled into tuition for Traditional Undergraduate Day students. You will not have to pay a separate fee.* By rolling books into tuition, students save money and can also benefit them in the form of a boost to financial aid.

*Not included for Graduate & RN to BSN programs.

Payment Options

Students should be focused on their academic goals, not stressed about how they will make their next tuition payment. North Carolina Wesleyan understands that taking on college expenses can be daunting. That’s why we offer payment plans in the form of monthly installments to pay your tuition and fees. There is a $40 annual, nonrefundable fee for participation.

For more information, or to set up a payment plan, contact the North Carolina Wesleyan Business Office at 252.985.5104.

Ready to make your Tuition Deposit?

Traditional Day Students
Congratulations on becoming a NC Wesleyan Bishop! If you are a Traditional Student, the next step after completing your application is to make your deposit so we can save your seat in the upcoming class of NCWU. In order to make your online deposit, students, parents and authorized users will need to have their user name and password supplied by the university.

Adult & Professional Studies Students
If you are an adult student enrolling in our APS program, there is no deposit required.

100% of Students are Eligible to Receive Financial Aid

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