Funding Basics

Tuition & Fees

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.

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.

For more information about tuition and other charges, view the Graduate School Handbook.

If you have questions about tuition & fees, contact the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

Financial Aid

Financial aid in the form of need-based loans or grants is through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

If you would like to apply for financial aid, be sure to fill out the FAFSA. The priority deadline is March 1 for the following academic year.

Also see Loan Account Services.

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.

Your Bill

To view your tuition bill and financial aid log into ConnectCarolina. Click on “Account Inquiry” to see your bill and to make a payment. If you applied for financial aid, click on “View Financial Aid” to view your award.

If you have any questions about your bill, contact Student Account Services.

Tuition Support

View information on Tuition Remission and In-State Tuition Awards

Full tuition support is available to graduate students through:

All teaching and research assistantships, as well as most fellowships and traineeships, provide health insurance.

Stipends & Taxes

View information on stipends and taxes for research assistantships, teaching assistantships, fellowships, and other awards.

The Council of Graduate Schools has developed GradSense ( 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 engaging infographics, students can use this site to better understand a variety of issues related to borrowing and spending, potential future earnings, and money management.