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When visiting Bear Central, wear a mask and follow all signs and posted placards to keep the UNC community healthy.

All financial aid funds are applied to the student bill beginning the first week of school each semester provided the student and/or parent has completed all tasks for the aid to pay. Please review your Ursa account to make sure you have accepted your aid and completed any loan lender tasks required. 

All financial aid refunds will be provided by a mailed check or a direct deposit. Students will not be able to pick up refund checks at Bear Central in efforts to comply with UNC’s social distancing, health and safety measures.  

Office of Financial Aid

Note on HEERF III:

If you received an email about HEERF III funding and are having difficulty accessing the certification form due to a licensing error, please keep trying, as there are limited concurrent licenses available. If you receive any other error, please contact the Technical Support Center at 970-351-4357.

For more information, please visit UNC’s HEERF III FAQ page. If you have specific questions regarding the disbursement of your emergency grant funding, please contact the Bursar’s Office at 970-351-4UNC (Option 3) or bursar@unco.edu. All other questions may be directed to the Financial Aid Office at 970-351-4UNC (Option 1) or ofa@unco.edu.

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 2021-2022 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.

Future students

Future Students
Interested in UNC, but worried about cost? Let us help you understand the many options in paying for college.

Current students

Current Undergraduates
Learn more about maintaining your financial aid status throughout your college career at UNC.

Graduate students

Graduates and Professionals
Want to continue your education? Find more information on financial aid for graduate students.


UNC proudly supports you as a member of the military affiliated community.

Graduate students

International Students
Visiting from abroad? Learn more about getting financial aid. 


What steps do you need to take as a parent of a UNC student?

Financial Aid Timeline

October 1st

FAFSA Application available
Use UNC school code 001349. Apply for a FSA ID 

Need help filing the FAFSA? Contact our Financial Aid Office at 970-351-4862 or ofa@unco.edu.

November 1st

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.
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.

June 1st

UNC Scholarship  deadline for transfer, graduate and international students. 

June 15th

Accept or decline your award through your Ursa account.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions you may have.

July 1st

Complete your award Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) studentloans.gov. Contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions you may have.

Late August

Your Financial Aid Award will be applied to your student bill.

Important Information

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

Complete Your FAFSA

The 2021-2022 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.

Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool/Obtaining a Tax Transcript 

Kevion Ellis

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

Read Kevion's financial aid story in the UNC Magazine.