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.
Join the line at Bear Central with ‘BearQ’
UNC Bear Central will be providing students with an easier way to join the line for student services without physically waiting in line. Starting May 20th, UNC students will be able to enter a virtual queue for financial aid, registrar, and student account services from anywhere by using BearQ. This system allows students to check-in remotely via mobile app, our online kiosk, or by coming in person. Plus, students will receive text notifications of their estimated wait times and when they’re next in line.
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) by March 1 to be considered for the maximum amount of financial aid.
UNC’s Federal School Code: 001349.
If you miss the March 1 deadline, you should still submit a FAFSA as soon as possible. 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
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.
Official UNC award letters are sent out.
Be sure to check your Ursa account for the most updated information.
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) 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.
The 2019-20 FAFSA is open.
Start the FAFSA
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.
IRS Data Retrieval
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