A "best value" among universities, nationwide.
Carolina‘s commitment to access and affordability is legendary. Not only are our tuition and fees among the lowest in the nation, but we strive to meet the full demonstrated need of all admitted students who apply for aid on time. For Fall 2012 admission, we offered more than 260 merit scholarship opportunities—Morehead-Cain, Robertson, Carolina, Colonel Robinson, Pogue, and Johnston, just to name a few. And the average student debt among our graduating seniors who borrowed was up only slightly from $13,700 in 2000 to $14,912 in 2008—unlike the national average, which has doubled during that same period to approximately $19,000. Further, through the Carolina Covenant, we promise a debt-free education to any eligible dependent student whose household income falls at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines—currently around $40,000 for a household of four. Dowload a copy of our Financial Aid Fact Sheet for additional information.
The point is this:
- If you’re a student who has been admitted to Carolina, rest assured that we’ll do our best to make it possible for you to enroll, regardless of your family’s income.
- If you can demonstrate need and submit your FAFSA and CSS PROFILE on time, we’ll plan to meet 100% of your need through a combination of scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans—usually 60% grants and 40% self-help.
- There is no separate application for most merit scholarships; instead, selection is based on the information provided in the application for admission.
- And even if you don’t need financial aid to enroll at Carolina, you can expect to spend your next four years in a community where any admitted student, regardless of financial circumstances, is welcome.
"I knew Carolina was right for me when I was sitting in the Pit one day, and the sun was shining at the perfect angle. Out of the corner of my eye I saw everything that I wanted from my college experience: a diverse sea of students, approachable professors, and clubs ready for me to join."
Chase Beck, Journalism-Public Relations, Durham, N.C.