How Graduate Tuition and Fees are Used

Note: The total fee for 10 credit hours or greater is $513.50 for Student Activity Fees.

Student Activities Programs $523.50

Services in this area provide students with entertainment, social programs, recreation and student success programming. Programs include International Film Series, Club Sports, Student Senate, Student Activities, University Program Council, Cultural Centers, GLBT Resource Office, Center for International Education, Women’s Resource Center, Graduate Affairs and UNC Student Radio Station.

Student Services $191.70

Services in this area provide support of intercollegiate athletic programs, student newspaper, health immunization records, Counseling Center, Bear Bus, College of Performing and Visual Arts, and the Student Recreation Center. The portion of this fee for Intercollegiate Athletics allows students free admission to UNC athletic events and the fee for the newspaper allows students free periodic newspapers. The UNC Counseling Center is the primary source of direct psychological services and education for UNC students. The Bear Bus program provides expanded free shuttle routes for UNC students that include Greeley and UNC stops. CPVA fees provide free and reduced admission to performing and visual arts events and support for the Pride of the Rockies Marching Band. The Student Recreation fees provide for the campus bike program with free bike rentals, bike repair shop and a free expanded outdoor rental shop including skis, snowboards, and kayaks.

Administrative Services $30.90

The cost of providing administrative services for student fee funded areas. These services include accounting, purchasing, payroll and other general administrative costs attributable to student fee funded areas.

Bonded Facility Operating Costs $109.30

Fees support the operational cost of the Student Recreation Center/Intramurals, University Center, Health & Counseling Center and the Women’s Resource Center. The Student Recreation Center provides a safe, convenient, and modern facility with a wide range of weight and exercise equipment, basketball, volleyball, racquetball courts, aerobics rooms, a rock-climbing wall and intramural sport experiences. The University Center provides students with a variety of stores, services and rooms for student activities. The Health and Counseling Center offers direct psychological services and vital health education services. The Women’s Resource Center provides programs, discussions, and materials about women’s issues, initiatives and development. The Center promotes leadership, celebrates the achievements of women, and raises awareness on the status of women. Butler Field Building provides facilities for basketball, volleyball, training and strengthening rooms for all sports, equipment/locker rooms for all sports and a gymnasium. Jackson Field House supports baseball, soccer, rugby and miscellaneous recreational events.

Bonded Facility Repair and Renovation $31.00

Student fees fund the repair and renovation costs for student approved and funded facilities. These facilities include the University Center, Student Recreation Center, Health & Counseling Center and the Women’s Resource Center, and the Butler and Jackson Field Houses.

Bond Requirements $81.20

  • Campus Recreation Center $27.00
  • Cassidy Hall $5.50
  • Recreation and Athletic Facilities $48.70

Fees fund bond payments for student approved and funded facilities include funding for Campus Recreation Center, Counseling Center (Cassidy Hall), Recreation and Athletic Facilities.

* Per credit hour charges are assessed for credits enrolled in from 1 through 10.

Student Fee Waiver

Student activity fees are charged per credit hour up to a maximum of ten credits per semester for main campus courses. If a student is enrolled only in online or arranged courses (no assigned times and days), the fees may be waived.

Student Teaching whether in-state or out-of-state does not qualify for a student fee waiver. University policy is that students pay those fees regardless of whether they choose to participate in or use those services available to them. Facilities and services include but are not limited to the student recreation center, University Center, health and counseling services, student clubs, athletic events and the Student Senate.

UNC recognizes that while individual students engage in varying levels in the array of activities and services funded by mandatory student fees, they remain part of the total higher education experience. We also understand that at times, such as during a semester of student teaching, individual student circumstances may make use of most of the services impractical. However, the services are available for the full time of the student’s enrollment at UNC. Through Student Senate, students play an active role in identifying what will be funded by student fees. Once those commitments have been made – including the construction and maintenance of buildings funded by bonds – the University has an obligation to ensure that fees are assessed and received.

See the Bursar's website for the Student Fee Waiver Request.


Student Leadership for Environmental Action Fund (Student LEAF) is a three-year initiative intended to move the campus community toward a sustainability-minded culture. This fund will finance environmental improvements in campus infrastructure and educational initiatives. Student LEAF will be managed by a committee led by students, staff and faculty representation. A student fee of $1 per credit hour up to 10 credit hours each semester (up to $20 per a traditional academic year) will sustain the fund. The savings generated from the projects will be reinvested in ways that are directly visible to the student body. To be eligible, projects must seek to improve campus resource efficiency, strengthen the community, and provide practical career experiences for students. For example, a project might be proposed to fund and/or include academic


Covers classroom instruction, student services, administration and facilities. Based on cost and demand, differential tuition may be charged for certain classes (Sciences/SES/Art, Business, Nursing, Theatre). Detailed information about differential tuition.

Library Fee

Covers print and online library materials.

Technology Fee

Used for equipping new smart classrooms, staffing and maintaining computer labs, and providing students access to academic software.

Academic Fees

A. Course fees are charged to underwrite in whole or in part the cost of consumable supplies in a laboratory or classroom including the replacement of specialized non-capital (under $5,000) laboratory equipment. These fees are primarily for science, art and theatre.

B. Participation fees are charged for courses where the amount of the fee is passed through to a vendor for the use of specialized facilities or services. This may also cover costs associated with field trips required for the course. Examples include ski passes and archaeology field trips.

C. Program fees augment funding of the delivery of high cost programs (Music, Theatre, and Art in CPVA and the Nursing Program in NHS). Expenses covered include, but are not limited to, supplies, repair and replacement of instruments, equipment.

C. Supervision fees charged to cover the cost of faculty travel and related expenses for supervision of clinical, student teaching and similar courses. These are primarily for Education and Behavioral Sciences practicums and observations, and Nursing clinical courses at off-site locations.

D. Assessment fees are charged to cover the cost of third party tests. The fee is passed through to an external vendor. These are primarily used in applied psychology and special education courses where students are learning to administer and interpret tests as part of their curriculum.

On-Line Course Fees

On-Line Course Fee-online fees pay for adjunct costs resulting from increased course sections and smaller class sizes; it also funds instructional designers, development and training to enhance online course offerings. 

**The student health insurance premium is a pass through by our current insurance provider. Student health insurance is mandatory, for all students registered for 9 or more credit hours, but can be waived by providing proof of comparable insurance before the 10th day of classes every fall semester. If the student health insurance is purchased for the academic year, summer is covered as well.