Online and Distance Education tuition charges are based on the student’s academic program and course enrollment. Most Online/DE students pay a standard 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.
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.
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 also offers a monthly payment plan.