Office of Financial Aid
The Office of Financial Aid connects you and your family to financial solutions such
as Grants, Scholarships, Student Employment and loans to help you bridge the gap between
what you can afford to pay for your college expenses and the cost of attending.
How to Apply for Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 year is now open! Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA*) at www.fafsa.ed.gov by March 1 to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid. If you miss the March 1 deadline, you should still submit a FAFSA as soon as possible. UNC’s Federal School Code: 001349.
IRS Data Retrieval Tool is available and recommended for 2019-2020. More IRS info.
Applying is free, and aid is awarded to most students ranging from those with demonstrated financial need to students with a record of high achievement as well as those who might need some Federal loan assistance.
Interested in UNC, but worried about cost? Let us help you understand the many options in paying for college.
Learn more about maintaining your financial aid status throughout your college career at UNC.
Graduates and Professionals
Want to continue your education? Find more information on financial aid for graduate students.
Financial Aid Timeline
UNC Scholarship Application is available on Ursa
Preliminary Award letters will be processed for new students who have all required paperwork completed and are expected to see these estimated awards sent in January. Check Ursa account regularly for updates and any additional requirements.
Estimated award letters are sent to newly admitted students who have completed the FAFSA and other required paperwork.
February 1st & March 1st
UNC scholarship deadline is February 1, 2019. Make sure your FAFSA application processed correctly by March 1and was sent to UNC. Check your Ursa account and BearMail on a regular basis for updates.
Official UNC award letters are sent out. Be sure to check your Ursa account for the most updated information.
UNC Scholarship Application deadline for transfer, graduate and international students.
Accept or decline your award through your Ursa account. Contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions you may have.
Complete your award Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) through studentloans.gov. Contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions you may have.
Your Financial Aid Award will be applied to your student bill.
Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid’s online systems and can serve as your legal signature. Only create an FSA ID using your own personal information and for your own exclusive use.
Get more help on creating your FSA ID by watching this video from Federal Student Aid.
Ursa is your student account that will detail information such as financial aid, credit requirements, and GPA. Be sure to check your BearMail account, this is where you may view your UNC emails. The Office of Financial Aid will send your award email and information to your BearMail account.
Determine if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, or, if needed, obtain a tax transcript from the IRS.
From the UNC Magazine
Spring/Summer 2018 Issue
How my Financial Aid Story Led to Meeting Bill Gates
I've learned that the power of storytelling is an incredible thing that can lead to major impact.Kevion Ellis, 2018 International Affairs graduate