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Scholarships

We want Carolina to be affordable to any student who earns admission. As part of this effort, we work hard to keep costs as low as possible. For both North Carolinians and out-of-state students, tuition here is lower than at most other top universities in the country.

Another way we foster affordability is through scholarships. Some of our scholarships are available to students who demonstrate financial need; these scholarships require the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/PROFILE be submitted to Carolina by the priority deadline of March 1. Other scholarships are awarded on the basis of extraordinary strengths in one or more areas. Some of these scholarships require separate applications, but most require only the application for admission.

A third way we promote affordability is by helping students identify scholarships that aren’t administered by Carolina. We’ve listed some of them below; to see more, please click here

University Scholarships Awarded on the Basis of Demonstrated Financial Need

Carolina Covenant
With the Carolina Covenant, eligible students whose family income falls at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines (about $48,600 for a family of four) can graduate from Carolina without having to borrow a penny – 100% of their demonstrated need is met through grants and federal work study.

Carolina Works Scholarship:
The Federal Work Study Program allows qualified recipients to earn part of their financial aid through employment on campus or in community service agencies. Students may select from a wide variety of available jobs to meet their interests, skills, and career plans.

Carolina Computing Initiative
The Carolina Computing Initiative (CCI) ensures that students have access to high-quality and affordable technology. As a part of CCI, all students are required to own a laptop, and grants are available to help eligible students purchase their laptops.

Noteworthy Firsts Scholarship:
Named to honor courageous people who represent important “firsts” in the University’s history, these scholarships recognize the legacy of these individuals by helping current students attend.

Bridge Builders Scholarship: These need-based scholarships are named for those who helped fulfill Carolina’s mission as a public institution and whose leadership represents the values that define the University.

Other University Scholarships

Chancellor’s Science Scholarship: The Chancellor’s Science Scholars work to bring awareness to the issues of diversity as well as provide a space where students, regardless of background, can be supported to pursue fields in STEM. To be considered for the Chancellor’s Science Scholarship, we encourage you to apply for admission by the Early Action deadline. Finalists will be selected based upon the information in their admissions application, and will be notified in mid-February and invited to an interview weekend.

Johnston Scholars Program Scholarship: The Johnston Scholarship is awarded based on a combination of extraordinary strength in one or more areas and demonstrated financial need. Students must submit the FAFSA and CSS/Profile along with their UNC admissions application to be eligible for the Johnston Scholarship.

Pogue Scholarship: The Pogue Scholarship is awarded based upon extraordinary strengths in one or more areas and a commitment to diversity. To be considered for the Pogue Scholarship, please apply for admission by the Early Action deadline. Finalists will be selected based upon the information in their admissions application, and will be notified by mid-February and invited to an interview weekend.

Innovation Scholarship: The Carolina Innovation Scholarships are intended to provide scholars with a rich and diverse educational experience including connections to a wide and growing network of entrepreneurs and organizations, all designed to support their entrepreneurial aspirations. To be considered for the Innovation Scholarship, please apply for admission by the Early Action deadline. Finalists will be selected based upon the information in their admissions application, and will be notified in mid-February and invited to an interview weekend.

Kenan Music Scholarship: Awarded to four incoming students each year. This generous scholarship offers the opportunity to combine musical studies with coursework (or a second major) and a four-year, full-tuition scholarship (including student fees, room, and board). A separate scholarship audition request, submitted directly to the Department of Music, is required in order to be considered for this opportunity.

Carolina Scholarship: Based solely upon extraordinary strengths in one or more areas, Carolina Scholars show outstanding academic achievement in high school and strong potential for continued leadership and engagement at Carolina. To be considered for the Carolina Scholarship, simply apply for admission by either the Early Action or Regular Decision deadline.

Colonel Robinson Scholarship: Based solely upon extraordinary strengths in one or more areas, Colonel Robinson Scholars show outstanding academic achievement in high school and strong potential for continued leadership and engagement at Carolina. To be considered for the Colonel Robinson Scholarship, simply apply for admission by either the Early Action or Regular Decision deadline.

Old Well and Founders Scholarships: These scholarships are based solely upon extraordinary strengths in one or more areas. To be considered for these opportunities, simply apply for admission by either the Early Action or Regular Decision deadline.

College Fellows Scholarships: These scholarships are based solely upon extraordinary strengths in one or more areas. To be considered for these opportunities, simply apply for admission by either the Early Action or Regular Decision deadline.

Tar Heel Merit Scholarships: These scholarships are based solely upon extraordinary strengths in one or more areas. To be considered for these opportunities, simply apply for admission by either the Early Action or Regular Decision deadline.

Wood Family Scholar Program: The Wood Family Scholars Program bolsters the leadership potential of select high-achieving students, and is awarded based on a combination of extraordinary strength in one or more areas and demonstrated financial need. Students must submit the FAFSA and CSS/Profile along with their UNC admissions application to be eligible for the program.

Other Scholarships

Although these scholarships aren’t funded or administered by Carolina, Carolina students have competed successfully for them in the past.

Morehead-Cain Scholars Program: The Morehead-Cain has a separate application. If you’re a North Carolina resident attending a North Carolina high school, you may be nominated by your high school or self-nominate by October 1. If you’re a resident of another state or country, you may be nominated by an official Morehead-Cain nominating school or affiliate program. Or, if you apply by the Early Action deadline, you may be considered for the scholarship based on your admissions application.

Robertson Scholars Leadership Program: The Robertson Program has a separate application, which you must submit by mid-November. While students who apply to UNC-Chapel Hill may be considered for this scholarship, completing the Robertson Scholars online application is the only way to ensure that your materials will be reviewed by the Robertson selection committee.

General Alumni Association and Dibbert Scholarship: All scholars are selected by the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. Scholars are invited to attend GAA Board of Directors’ Dinners, Scholar Receptions, and other student events sponsored by the Association.

Carolina Club Scholarship: The General Alumni Association encourages Carolina Clubs to support Carolina students from their area through local club scholarships. Carolina alumni and friends raise funds, and the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid administers those scholarships.

Maryon “Spike” Saunders Scholarship: Maryon “Spike” Saunders ’25 led the General Alumni Association for 43 years and without fanfare built its membership from 700 to more than 15,000. Upon Spike’s death in 1995, the GAA solicited funds to establish the J. Maryon “Spike” Saunders Scholarship.

Light on the Hill Society Scholarship: This scholarship serves as a tribute to Carolina’s early African-American graduates of the 1950s and as a vehicle to support the academic pursuits of Carolina’s African-American undergraduates. Scholars are selected by the Light on the Hill Society scholarship selection committee through an application process.

Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarship: These are merit-based scholarships. Scholarships pay full tuition and fees, a $600 per semester book allowance, and a monthly stipend between $300 and $500 depending on the student’s year at the University. Upon graduation, cadets may become officers either in the active Army or remain in the Army Reserve.

Army National Guard Scholarship: These are merit-based scholarships. The North Carolina Army National Guard and the United States Army Reserve have programs that can pay costs associated with attending the University. Upon graduation, cadets may become officers either in the active Army or remain in the Army Reserve.

Golden Door Scholarship: Provides scholarships for DACA students and scholarships for undocumented students. Students may be high school seniors or recent graduates. Preference given to high school graduates from states that require undocumented students to pay out-of-state tuition.

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship: Recognizes success in enrolling low-income students and supporting them through graduation. The Cooke Foundation is a private organization that supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, and direct service.

Aubrey Lee Brooks Scholarship: Established in 1955 by a Trust endowed by the late Aubrey Lee Brooks, these scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors who demonstrate financial need and permanently reside and attend high school in one of the following counties: Alamance, Bertie, Caswell, Durham, Forsyth, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Swain, or Warren.

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