Cost of College Education

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Community College Credit Hour Rates

The per semester credit hour tuition for all degree programs offered in NC Community Colleges, as of spring 2012, was $76.50/credit hour.

University Undergraduate Tuition Rates

The per semester credit hour tuition for North Carolina college courses at the Bachelor’s degree level is approximately $175/credit hour.

Scholarships for Early Educators

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Scholarships – The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project offers educational scholarships to Early Educators working in a variety of roles.

All T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarships link continuing education with increased compensation and require that recipients and their sponsoring child care programs share in the cost.

As of 2012, educational scholarships were provided in 22 and DC states including the Project’s home state, North Carolina.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Project Materials:






Funding Your Education

College Foundation of North Carolina

Foundation of the Carolinas

Golden LEAF Scholars Program

Scholarships are available from the Golden Leaf Foundation to students from qualifying counties, who demonstrate financial need, to help them attend attend college at participating North Carolina public or private institutions or community colleges. Click here for the list of participating colleges and universities. High school seniors or community college transfer students planning to attend any of the participating colleges or universities who reside in a qualifying county and demonstrate financial need. Visit to fill out the application form or call 866-866-CFNC for assistance. Deadlines vary.

Jeanette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund (JRF) – Due March 1, 2012. An applicant for a JRF scholarship must be:

  • A woman, age 35 or older.
  • A U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.
  • Enrolled in, or accepted to, a regionally or ACICS accredited school.
  • Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree.
  • Low-income (see website for details)

NC Community Foundations

Community foundations are nonprofit organizations established to meet the current and future needs of our local communities. Many provide scholarships to support individual education needs. Each scholarship has different eligibility criteria and a different application process.  Please review the criteria carefully.

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