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Cost of Attendance

We don’t want cost to be a roadblock for anyone.

Carolina is committed to access and affordability. Our tuition and fees are among the lowest in the nation, and we are committed to meeting the demonstrated need of all admitted students who apply for aid on time. About 47% of students receive financial aid, and the average aid package is slightly above $19,000. Through the Carolina Covenant, we promise a debt-free education to any eligible student whose family income falls at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (about $47,700 for a family of four).

Cost of Attendance, 2019-2020

Please note that these costs form the basis for financial aid calculations. They represent our best estimate of what an average student might spend. Some will spend more, others less, depending on individual choices and circumstances. Please note also that you may pay a different amount if you’re in a Health Affairs program, based on your specific course of study, and that all fees are subject to change.

In your planning, you may also be interested in UNC’s Net Price Calculator. It’s designed to give you an estimate of your eligibility for financial aid at Carolina, which will help you gauge your out-of-pocket expenses.

North Carolina Residents Out-of-State Residents
Tuition & Fees $9,018 $36,000
Housing & Meals $11,526 $11,526
Direct Costs $20,544 $47,526
Books & Supplies $972 $972
Travel & Personal $2,694 $3,472
Loan Fees $56 $56
Indirect Costs
$3,722 $4,500
Total Cost of Attendance
$24,266 $52,026


North Carolina Residents: Under state law, starting with the 2016-2017 academic year, tuition for North Carolina residents will remain fixed, under certain conditions. Read more about the Policy for the Guaranteed Tuition Program.

International Students: Although costs slightly vary each year, you can refer to the 2019-2020 Financial Certificate to get a sense for the estimated costs of attendance.


Views of students moving into residence halls at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Pettigrew and Vance Halls on UNC campus