Our scholarship and aid program aims to recruit exceptionally talented students, while ensuring that a Carolina education is accessible and affordable to all. Our tuition and fees are among the lowest nationwide for flagship universities, and we offer financial assistance in the form of:
- Scholarships - Money you may be awarded, based on academic excellence or a combination of academic achievement and financial need.
- Need-based grants - Money you may be awarded, based on financial need, from federal, state, and University funds.
- Jobs - Money you can earn through work-study on campus, in community service agencies, or off-campus jobs.
- Loans - Money you borrow from University loan programs and outside lenders.
- Carolina Covenant - A special University program that enables eligible students whose family income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to graduate debt-free.
Through these various forms of assistance, Carolina meets 100% of demonstrated need—typically 60% from grants and just 40% from loans—for all enrolling students who apply for aid on time. Read more about Merit-Based and Need-Based Scholarships.
As a student at Carolina, you are also welcome to explore
the thousands of scholarships offered by
hundreds of independent organizations to enrolling students.
Some of the awards are based on field
of study, others are based on ethnicity
or even religious affiliation. The Office of
Scholarships and Student Aid maintains a
library of scholarship resources for students
to research private funding opportunities
at their office at 300 Pettigrew Hall. The
Resource Center staff is available during
normal business hours to help you begin
If you'd like more information on our scholarships and aid, please download the financial aid fact sheet, or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.