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.
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 rates.
If you have questions about tuition & fees, contact the University Cashier.
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 Rates.
To view your student tuition bill and financial aid, log into ConnectCarolina. 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 ConnectCarolina and navigate to the Student Admin Work Center. Your options will depend on your access. For more information, contact the ARC (Access Request Coordinator) for your department.
For questions about student billing, contact the University Cashier.
Financial Resources for Students
The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid 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, FAFSA, by the priority deadline of March 1 for the following academic year.
The Council of Graduate Schools has developed GradSense (Gradsense.org) 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.