Differential Tuition FAQ
For which classes will I be charged differential tuition ?
Differential tuition will be charged for non-liberal arts core courses in Sciences/SES/Art, Business, Nursing, Music, Theatre and Dance. Students will not pay differential tuition on any liberal arts core courses.
How much will differential tuition add to my bill?
The differential will be $18.00 for non-liberal arts core Sciences/SES/Art classes, $40.00 per credit hour for non-liberal arts core Business classes. It will be $36.00 per credit hour for non-liberal arts core classes in Music, Theatre, & Dance courses and $64.00 for non-liberal arts core Nursing classes.
Does financial aid cover differential tuition?
Yes, financial aid is based on a student's expected family contribution and the total cost of attending UNC. Cost of attendance includes tuition and the estimated cost of books and supplies, fees, housing and food, transportation and miscellaneous expenses.
Why is UNC charging a differential for these classes?
Differential tuition is one element in a university strategic pricing plan designed to enhance UNC academic program quality and student support services. Sciences/SES/Art, Business, Nursing, Music, Theatre and Dance programs all share three traits; they are high quality programs that also face higher demand and higher costs than many UNC programs. The money generated by differential tuition will help maintain quality in these programs and at UNC.
Why are Liberal arts core courses exempt from differential tuition?
We want to encourage students to explore new and diverse topics offered in liberal arts core courses.
Do other universities charge differential tuition?
Differential tuition is already in place at many other Colorado public universities. The University of Colorado and Colorado State University systems use an approach similar to UNC's.