Of the 30,000 out-of-state residents who applied to UNC this year, only a handful will be granted admission, and even fewer will be offered a financial aid package. This roadblock has prevented thousands of potential out-of-state students from accepting their offer of admission, and the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid has its hands tied by North Carolina policies.
Full tuition, in addition to room and board, can cost upwards of $50,000 for out-of-state students.
“We work hard to make Carolina affordable for every student who earns admission, but there are circumstances where Carolina might not be the right financial choice for an out-of-state family,” said Eric Johnson, assistant director of communications for the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. “That’s something we regret, but it’s a matter of statewide policy that more heavily subsidizes resident students.”
Although the legislature-mandated policy ensures the vast majority of students at UNC are North Carolina residents, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions still recruits outside of the state through electronic and print services. They also send recruiters to major U.S. cities, like New York City and Washington, D.C. Furthermore, campus tours and programs are available for admitted students.
First-year Alec White is from Virginia and came to campus for a weekend dedicated to students who applied early action.