Topics: 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.

FAFSA tax retrieval tool taken down

The nationwide data retrieval tool for the Free Application For Federal Student Aid — otherwise known as FAFSA — is unavailable until further notice.

Gay senior fights to finance her last semester after being cut off by parents


Warm beams of winter sunlight streamed into C’s North Campus dorm room on the morning of her last first day of classes.

New year brings new faces to the University

Katie Ziglar became the new director of the Ackland Art Museum on July 6. Ziglar comes to the Ackland from the Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian Institute.

Rachelle Feldman will be succeeding Shirley Ort

UNC has hired Rachelle Feldman to succeed Shirley Ort. Ort has been the director of scholarships and student aid for 18 years.

UNC system manages debt crisis, but challenges remain


As a first-generation college student, UNC first-year Eddy Fernandez had one big worry — the cost. 

US Department of Education proposes Pell Grant expansion

The Obama administration proposed an expansion of the Pell Grant program by $2 billion in early January to increase the number of low-income students who graduate on time.

Endowment bill aims to lower tuition

Congress is looking to lower the cost of college for middle- to low-income families — this time through a proposed bill that might compel universities to dedicate more money to financial aid.

Q&A with UNC financial aid expert Eric Johnson


The College Board released its annual Trends in Higher Education report this week, which outlined the rising cost of college tuition and the importance of financial aid. 

Pay-as-you-earn loans combat student debt


Undergraduate and graduate students — regardless of their financial situation and when they took out federal loans — can apply for pay-as-you-earn federal direct loans this year under a recent revision by the U.S.

‘Rule of 10’ clarifies college cost

In an attempt to simplify the conversation around higher education, a new study has proposed a benchmark to clarify the cost of college.

Obama's latest higher education plan seeks to ease students' loan burden

A complicated loan system has roiled students for years — and in his latest higher education proposal, President Barack Obama says he's hoping to simplify the process of taking out and repaying loans.

New report suggests ways to ease applying for and dealing with loans

The financial aid realm is notorious for its 100-plus-question form and the headaches it creates for students — but a new report offers proposals to simplify the financial aid and loan repayment process.

Undocumented students face burdens when paying for school


So far, Jose has defied the odds.

Confusing refund check policy irks students

Some UNC students who rely on refund checks to pay for necessary living expenses felt hung out to dry by the amount of time it took for their refunds to be delivered.

Board of Governors cap need-based aid


UNC Chapel Hill is often ranked as a price-conscious college, and both administrators and students are fighting to keep it that way.

UNC students tell stories of need-based aid


Freshman Hiren Gihwala could go to UNC without financial aid, but the aid he received gave him the stability he needed to take advantage of other opportunities at the University.

Report says NC universities remain a good deal


North Carolina ranks second in the nation for having the lowest in-state public university tuition for low-income students, according to a report released by the New America Foundation.

Lost scholarship a 'shock to the system'


Anna Yudina traveled more than 5,000 miles from Moscow to study at the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies. She didn’t expect the center would fail to get the money that would have paid her tuition.

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships revoked at last minute

The federal government confirmed funding for a substantial fellowship program Wednesday — two months after UNC students needed to hear it.

Student loans default rate drops

The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday a national drop in the default rate on federal student loans — and though UNC’s rate remained low overall, the University experienced an increase in its default rate.