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Current Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees can be found by visiting the Student Services Center, Online and Distance Education website.

How Tuition and Fees Are Billed

Online and Distance Education tuition charges are based on the student’s academic program and course enrollment. Most distance education students pay a Standard DE Rate, either Undergraduate or Graduate and either North Carolina resident or nonresident. Some courses and programs, including Undergraduate Engineering Online (such as online computer science), Graduate Engineering Online, Master of Business Administration, and Doctor of Design, are billed at higher rates. 

Distance education courses are billed per credit hour (also referred to as “hour” or “unit”).  Starting fall 2021, DE students will pay the same tuition as on-campus students, and credit hour charges will be capped at the full-time course load, which is 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduates and nine credit hours per semester for graduate students.  Visit the NC State tuition and fees FAQ to learn more about the tuition changes that will take effect for the Fall 2021 semester.

Although Distance Education Students will pay the same tuition rate as on-campus students, they will only pay the Education and Tech fee, the Association of Student Governments fee, the Campus Security fee and the College of Engineering Program fee (if applicable) unless they take an on-campus class.

Non-degree students will be billed per credit hour paying the appropriate on campus rate for on campus classes and distance education rates for distance education classes.

Visit NC State’s Distance Education Tuition Rates page for detailed information about tuition and fees.

Financial aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. Generally, students enrolled in a degree program or graduate certificate program (not an undergraduate certificate program) may qualify for financial aid; most financial aid is in the form of student loans. We encourage you to contact your financial aid advisor in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. For additional information, visit NC State’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website, or call 919.515.2421.

NC State’s financial aid advisors can help you understand the process and the funding options available to you from federal, state, institutional and private sources. 

NC State also offers a monthly payment plan.

Non-residents of North Carolina are billed at non-resident rates, even for online courses.

Services Your Fees Pay For

All distance education students pay an education and technology fee, which gives full access to the NC State Libraries, NC State’s technology infrastructure and online environment and other vital student services.  Students enrolled in distance education programs and Non-Degree Studies (NDS) students enrolled only in distance education courses are not charged for some on-campus services and are not eligible for those services.  These services include services such as the Campus Health Center and Wellness and Recreation Services (online students may pay separately for Wellness and Recreation Services).

Financial AidFederal, state, institutional and private sources.

NC State’s financial aid advisors can help you understand the process and the funding options available to you from federal, state, institutional and private sources.

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Auditing Distance Education Classes

Tuition and fees to audit a course or take a course for credit-only (not a letter grade) are the same as taking the course for credit or for a grade. On-campus graduate students should note that distance education graduate programs do not qualify for the free course audit available for on-campus courses.