Financial aid

UNC offers need-based financial aid to help off-set the costs of attendance. Eligibility for financial aid is based on information provided by students on FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and the CSS/PROFILE. Parents’ income and assets factor into how much a student will receive. Students must request financial aid yearly and fill out new forms each time.

UNC tries to meet the full extent of a student’s financial need. Nearly half of the students receive aid, and 1 in 3 students borrow to afford school. Average student debt is lower at UNC than at similar schools.

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Photo courtesy of Ross Boyce, studying malaria.

Off-campus work-study jobs seeming harder to get, and keep, after payment changes

Senior Morgan Holder is in love with her work-study job at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. In a world of unpaid internships and menial jobs with long hours, students like Holder look to get paid doing what they love. For many students, work study offers a unique way to make livable wages and gain experience in fields related to their interests. But new changes to salaries is disincentivizing employers from taking on work-study students. So what's worth more: student experience or cutting costs?


Source: UNC Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Out-of-state students may face difficulty in affording UNC

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 cost in addition to room and board can cost upwards of $50,000 for out of state students attending UNC.