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. Visit NC State’s Distance Education Tuition Rates page for detailed information about tuition and fees.
Distance education courses are billed per credit hour (also referred to as “hour” or “unit”). This differs from the “stair-step” billing model used for campus courses.
Financial aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. Generally, a student must be admitted to a degree program (not a certificate program) to 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. https://emas.ncsu.edu/units/scholarships-and-financial-aid/
NC State also offers a monthly payment plan.
Non-residents of North Carolina are billed at non-resident rates, even for online courses. https://studentservices.ncsu.edu/your-money/tuition-and-fees/residency-status/
Services Your Fees Pay For
All distance education students pay an education and technology fee, which gives full access to the NC State Libraries (lib.ncsu.edu), 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 Student Health Center and Wellness and Recreation Services (online students may pay separately for Wellness and Recreation Services).
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.
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.
FAQ’s About Tuition
The Answers to Our Most Frequent Inquiries
Answers to questions like: Are students enrolled in distance education programs eligible to take courses on campus? If a distance education student takes a course on campus, may he/she take advantage of fee supported services on the campus, such as the Student Health Center? Find out more