Funding Basics

Cost of Attendance

The cost of attending graduate school includes tuition, fees, and health insurance, for which you are billed directly. It also includes indirect costs such as room, board, books and supplies, travel, loan fees, and personal expenses.

View the estimated cost of attending a graduate or professional program for the current year.external link icon

Each school and program has different tuition and fee charges. Tuition & fees also vary for in-state residents and out-of-state nonresidents. View tuition and fee ratesexternal link icon.

If you have questions about tuition & fees, contact the University Cashierexternal link icon.

Cost of Living in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is one of the most affordable places to get your graduate education. Compare the cost of living in Chapel Hill to other cities.

Billing of Student Accounts

The University Cashier charges tuition based on your academic program and residency status. Mandatory fees are those fees charged to all students. In addition, there are special fees charged for specific purposes that may not apply to all students. The North Carolina Legislature sets tuition rates. Fees are set through an on-campus process and approved the UNC Board of Trustees.

If you are determined to be a resident of North Carolina for tuition purposes, you will be charged the resident rate of tuition (also called the in-state rate), based on your academic program.

If you are determined to be a non-resident of North Carolina for tuition purposes, you will be charged the non-resident amount of tuition (also called the out-of-state rate). For a full list of all tuition and fee rates please see the Cashier's Office Tuition and Fee Ratesexternal link icon.

To view your student tuition bill and financial aid, log into ConnectCarolinaexternal link icon. Click on “Account Inquiry” to see your bill and to make a payment. For financial aid information, click on “View Financial Aid.”

Staff who wish to view a student account, log into ConnectCarolinaexternal link icon and navigate to the Student Admin Work Center. Your options will depend on your access. For more information, contact the ARC (Access Request Coordinatorexternal link icon) for your department.

For questions about student billing, contact the University Cashierexternal link icon.

Financial Resources for Students

Links to resources on budgeting, financial planning and general tax information.

Financial Aid

The Office of Scholarships and Student Aidexternal link icon administers financial aid in the form of need-based loans or grants. You should apply for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSAexternal link icon, by the priority deadline of March 1 for the following academic year.

The Council of Graduate Schools has developed GradSense (Gradsense.orgexternal link icon) a unique online education platform that provides students with financial information about a range of topics including the value of pursuing an advanced degree. Through interactive visualization tools and infographics, you can use this site to better understand a variety of issues related to borrowing and spending, potential future earnings, and money management.

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