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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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.


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.


Anna Yudina, a second year graduate student in the UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, recently lost her funding from the FLAS scholarship program due to budgeting issues.

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.