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HBCU: Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University is a public, federally chartered historically black university in Fayetteville, NC. Fayetteville State is exceptionally HS4CC-friendly, and there are a lot of ways to resourcefully plan an affordable degree here!

Fayetteville State University’s Transfer Credit Page

Since Fayetteville State University is a public state university, it is exceptionally more affordable for students living in North Carolina than those who chose to attend this college as an out of state student. The same degree at this college can cost VERY different amounts of money depending on how resourceful you are!

For North Carolina Residents

Homeschooling for College Credit at Fayetteville starts in high school if you live in North Carolina. North Carolina residents should take full advantage of the state’s Career and College Promise (dual enrollment) that gives free tuition to high school students. Since there is no limit on the number of credits a NC student can earn, and the state’s law guarantees the transferability of these credits, students in NC should plan to earn as many credits as possible. It is typical among our NC Facebook group to watch students earn full associate degrees in high school because of this unique program.

When teens earn a full transfer associate degree from a NC community college, as long as your teen earns that degree in high school, they will are STILL A FRESHMAN APPLICANT. Only students who earn college credit after high school can become “transfer applicants.”

  • Students who earned college credit in high school through CCP will apply as FRESHMAN.
  • Students who finish a transfer degree in high school through CCP will apply as a FRESHMAN.
  • Students under age 21 with less than 24 college credits will apply as a FRESHMAN.
  • Students who are over 21 and earned college credit (or a degree) after high school may apply as TRANSFER students.
  • Students who enroll at Fayetteville with their associate degree complete may opt to use distance learning to complete the remaining last two years. See more. Not all majors are available this way, but this strategy means you don’t have to pay for campus housing ($10,000 per year) and the dining plan ($2,000 per year).
  • Students must complete a minimum of 25% of the total earned credit hours required for the degree program curriculum through Fayetteville State University (approximately 30 credits = 10 classes.)
  • 90 resourcefully planned college credits are accepted toward 120 bachelor’s degree.
  • CLEP is accepted
  • AP is accepted
  • DSST is accepted
  • ACE credit is accepted ( not all- Sophia, Straighterline, Saylor– see list below)

For Out of State Students

Earning an associate degree from a non-NC community college does not carry the same transfer guarantee, but as long as your teen earns that degree in high school, they will are STILL A FRESHMAN APPLICANT.

  • Students must complete a minimum of 25% of the total earned credit hours required for the degree program curriculum through Fayetteville State University (approximately 30 credits = 10 classes.)
  • 90 resourcefully planned college credits are accepted toward 120 bachelor’s degree.
  • CLEP is accepted
  • AP is accepted
  • DSST is accepted
  • ACE credit is accepted (not all- Sophia, Straighterline, Saylor– see list below)

All Students

Open full table of accepted ACE credits

Strategy for using ACE credit resourcefully

For any prospective student using CLEP, AP, or community college dual enrollment, ALL OF THOSE CREDITS will come in as 100 and 200 level, which is to say you’ll eventually hit a wall of how many lower level credits you can bring in. (But be sure you SHOULD bring in no less than 60!) When you reach that level (approximately 60 credits) you’re left with 60 credit left to finish a bachelor’s degree, but the Fayetteville policy allows you to bring in 90 credits- assuming they line up. That gap (30 credits) is where you can struggle to find extra courses.

It is common for colleges to state that they allow you to bring in X credits, but the trick is finding the perfect replacement. You can’t replace Underwater Basket Weaving with CLEP College Algebra. Therein lies the finesse.

As you see in the table below, the availability of obtaining upper-level college credit alternatively (or in high school) becomes harder and more expensive. There just aren’t a lot of options.

Lower level college credit
100/200
Upper-level college credit
300/400
community college dual enrollment
CLEP
Advanced Placement
DSST
ACE
Fayetteville classes
university dual enrollment upper level
ACE (limited)
Fayetteville classes

A few Upper-Level Courses

Based on FSU Equivalencies table

ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology, Straighterline, 3 credits
FINC 311 Introduction to Finance, Pearson, 3 credits
HEED 420 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, Straighterline, 1 credit
HEED 420 Introduction to Nutrition, Straighterline, 3 credits
MIS 300 Intro to Business Information Systems, Pearson, 3 credits

Whether or not you can use these classes in your degree is another story, but they are available and a potential cost-savings.


Tuition

We spent a good bit of this post breaking down how to HS4CC at this college, and at many of the HBCU their acceptance policy of alternative credits is so slim, that every single credit makes a huge impact. That’s not really true at Fayetteville State University. This university has some of the lowest university tuition in the country for in-state students. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to plan! Even this “affordable” college can land your teen in serious student loan debt if you’re not careful. Out of state students will pay a considerably higher rate and will need to work hard to bring the costs down by using alternative college credit.

  • Main Campus /Online / Distance Learning Program
    • In-state (North Carolina) $124/credit
    • Out-of-state $608/credit
ExampleTuition cost in high schoolCost /credit remaining to FSURoom & Board/MealsApproximate total costs
NC Student: completes associate transfer degree in high school through Career and College Promise$0 + any amount spent on alternative credit$124 x 60 =
$7,440
$0 (distance learner)

$12,000 (on campus per year x 2)
Distance Learner
$7,400

On-campus Learner
$31,440
NC Student with no prior college creditNA$124 x 120 =
$14,880
$0 (distance learner)

$12,000 (on campus per year x 4)
Distance Learner
$14,880

On-campus Learner
$62,880
Out of state student with 60 prior college credits$0 + any amount spent on alternative credit*$608 x 60 =
$36,480
$0 (distance learner)

$12,000 (on campus per year x 2)
Distance Learner
$36,480

On-campus Learner
$60,480
Out of state student with no prior college creditsNA$608 x 120 =
$72,960
$0 (distance learner)

$12,000 (on campus per year x 4)
Distance Learner
$72,960

On-campus Learner
$120,960
*CLEP and Saylor Academy are both free sources of alternative college credit!

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