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How to Apply for Aid

Be an early bird.

You know the old saying: The early bird gets the $18,000. That’s roughly the average financial aid package at UNC, and about 47% of our students do receive financial aid.

The early part is important because the most beneficial forms of financial aid – including University scholarships, campus jobs, and low-interest loans – are awarded first to students who complete the required documents accurately and submit them on time. To apply for aid, you need to submit the following forms before March 1: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile.

What is the FAFSA? The FAFSA collects information about the financial circumstances of your family to determine eligibility for federal aid programs. When you complete the FAFSA, you’ll automatically be considered for Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study Program jobs, and Federal Direct Loans. You can complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. There’s no fee for processing the FAFSA. The Title IV Code Number to enter is 002974.

What is the CSS Profile? The CSS Profile collects additional information about you and your family’s financial circumstances to help the University award institutionally based funding in the form of need-based scholarships and grants. Many questions on the CSS Profile are also included on the FAFSA, but the extra info here helps us see if you meet special requirements for these institutionally based funds. The CSS Profile is available online at cssprofile.org. You’ll need the UNC-Chapel Hill Code Number which is 5816.

How will I be notified? If you are admitted to Carolina, you will receive information on creating a UNC email address and UNC username (ONYEN). As soon as your financial aid package is ready, you’ll receive an email notification at your UNC email address.

Merit Scholarships: For the majority of University Scholarships, you don’t have to submit any additional materials to be considered for merit-based scholarships. We’ll use the information in your admissions application to nominate you for merit-based scholarships and other opportunities.

You can find more information by visiting the Office of Scholarship and Student Aid’s website.


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