Students who cannot pay for tuition alone are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The UNC FAFSA priority filing date for each academic year (a Fall-Spring-Summer cycle which begins each August) is March 1, although the form is now available by October 1 of the previous year and requests tax information from the year prior. For example, the FAFSA form for aid for the 2019-20 school year is released on Oct. 1, 2018, and is based off of 2017 tax return information.
Late submissions of the FAFSA are still accepted throughout the school year but you may not be considered for the maximum amount of aid. If the March priority deadline has passed for the upcoming/current school year, we encourage you to apply for FAFSA consideration as soon as you enroll for your first courses. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to submit an application for the current academic year and an early/priority application for the following academic year.
The amount of aid you can receive is based on:
Bachelor's degree students: requires enrollment in a minimum of 6 credits per academic term for part-time financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 12 credits.
Master's and Educational Specialist (EdS) degree students: requires enrollment in a minimum of 5 credits per academic term for part-time financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 9 credits.
Doctoral degree students: requires enrollment in a minimum of 5 credits per academic term for part-time financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 9 credits.
Certificate, licensure and endorsement-only students: non-degree seeking students aren't eligible for aid through FAFSA. Your program coordinator may be aware of your eligibility for any discipline or campus-based aid if available.
Fill out the FAFSA form at https://fafsa.ed.gov/
Students can also find helpful information such as the Guide to Federal Student Aid at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources. Most of the resources are available in English, Spanish, and Braille.