The NC Promise and Fixed Tuition Plans

As home to the nation’s first public university, North Carolina has had a long-standing commitment to educational opportunity for all residents. The NC Promise Tuition Plan and the Fixed Tuition Plan reaffirms the state’s commitment to make the university experience affordable and accessible to all.

The three UNC system institutions included in NC Promise are Elizabeth City State University (ECSU), The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP), and Western Carolina University (WCU). Although Fayetteville State University (FSU) was not included in the NC Promise Tuition Plan, we continue to be an affordable choice for you. Make the comparison for yourself below.

Tuition Comparison

University Current Annual Tuition Annual Tuition with NC Promise Current Annual Total Cost* Annual Total Cost with NC Promise*
ECSU $2,856.00 $1,000.00 $14,536.03 $12,680.03
UNCP $3,602.00 $1,000.00 $17,277.46 $14,675.46
WCU $3,971.00 $1,000.00 $18,635.94 $15,664.94
FSU $2,982.00 N/A $16,553.00 N/A

*Total annual cost includes tuition, required fees for residential students, standard meal plan and standard residence hall double room.

FSU- the Choice with Promise

With state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories, nationally ranked  and nationally accredited programs, we consider ourselves a bargain! Whether you are looking for a traditional HBCU experience, a flexible online experience, or a post graduate experience, we are the versatile choice for you.

FSU Fixed Tuition Plan


This program ensures tuition costs will stay the same for North Carolina residents through four years of continuous enrollment* at a UNC System university. With fixed tuition, every North Carolinian will have a predictable and affordable way to pursue a high-quality degree and the opportunity that comes with it.

Fixed Tuition Program universities are: Appalachian State University, East Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, UNC Asheville, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke, UNC School of the Arts, UNC Wilmington, Western Carolina University, and Winston-Salem State University.
* Students enrolled in five-year programs will be eligible for 10 consecutive semesters.

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FSU National Rankings

#1 Nursing program in NC and #2 in the Eastern United States by
#1 Best Online School in North Carolina by Best Value Schools.
#1 Master's in Criminal Justice program in the nation by Top Criminal Justice Schools.
#1 Online Undergraduate Fire and Emergency Services program by Best Degree Programs (BDP).
#1 Most affordable online psychology program in the country by
#2 Theater program in NC and #8 in the country among HBCUs by
#3 Best Degree Programs (BDP) 2017 for online Birth Through Kindergarten.
#3 Most affordable online criminal justice program in the country by
#3 Most affordable online business program in the country by
#4 Online MBA Program in North Carolina by Online MBA Report 2019
#7 among all HBCU's by
#7 Accounting program in the world by the Social Science Research Network (Sept 2017).
#8 Best sociology program in the country by
#16 among the 50 most affordable online colleges in the nation by
#20 Nursing program in NC by  
#45 Online Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management in the country by Online MBA Today (only HBCU to make the list).
#49 Criminal Justice program in the nation by US News and World Reports. Only one other NC university ranks higher.
#57 Business school in the US by Social Science Research Network (May 2017).
#89 Business school in the world by Social Science Research Network (May 2017).

To learn more about the NC Promise and Fixed Tuition, visit the UNC System website.  #WePromiseNC