Tuition and Fees
Tuition rates are contingent on action by the North Carolina General Assembly and the University of North Carolina Board of Governors. The University reserves the right to change tuition rates at any time. For the most recent tuition charges for Part-time Classroom Studies students, see Charges for Attendance in the Tuition and Fees section of the Student Accounts site.
Tuition is based on your residency status (see Residence Status for Tuition Purposes), the number of credit hours you take each semester, and whether you are an undergraduate or postbaccalaureate student. If you have received a bachelor’s degree, you will be classified and charged as a postbaccalaureate (graduate) student regardless of the level of courses you take.
- Fall 2016 Tuition
- Spring 2017 Tuition
- Special Rates and Waivers
- How to Pay Your Tuition
- Tuition Refunds
Fall 2016 Tuition
Tuition rates for the 2016-2017 Academic Year will be released during Summer 2016 and are subject to change without prior notification. Always refer to the Online Tuition Schedule. Tuition rates are in addition to the nonrefundable application fee.
Note: Fall tuition rates are considerably more than summer rates. The rates for summer should not be used as an estimate of fall rates.
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Note: This classification is for students who do not already have a bachelor’s degree and for students with a bachelor’s degree and enrolled only in undergraduate classes (less than 400-level). This rate will apply to all classes in which the student is enrolled, even if some of them are Carolina Courses Online.
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Note: This classification is for students who already have a bachelor’s degree and are taking at least one graduate-level class (400-level and higher). This rate will apply to all classes in which the student is enrolled, even if some of them are Carolina Courses Online.
These charges include a nominal registration fee. Some courses have lab fees or special course fees. Refer to the Directory of Classes for a listing of these fees and add any applicable charges to your payment. Tuition rates are subject to change without prior notification.
Fees are assessed on a per-credit-hour basis rather than a per-enrollment basis. For undergraduate students, the combined rate is $18.20 per credit hour. For graduate students, the combined rate is $26.42 per credit hour. You are not required to pay this fee if you’re a UNC employee using the tuition waiver.
Combined fees include the Educational and Technology (E&T) fee, the Administrative Systems fee, the Association of Student Governments fee, and the Student Information System Registration fee. The E&T fee helps pay for costs related to classroom, laboratory, and computer lab support.
Tuition does not include the cost of textbooks. All new students are charged a $15 fee for the UNC One Card (student ID card). Students MUST present a picture ID (valid driver’s license, State ID card, Military ID, or passport) before their photos can be taken.
Some courses have lab fees or special course fees. Refer to the Student Account Services website for a listing of these fees and add any applicable charges to your payment.
As a Part-time Classroom Studies student during the fall and spring semesters, you are not eligible to pay student fees that would provide an athletic pass or permit the use of student health services.
Tuition rates are subject to change without prior notification. Tuition rates are in addition to the nonrefundable application fee. Always refer to the online tuition schedule at Student Account Services for the most current listing.
Special Rates and Waivers
If you are a member of the Armed Services, you and your dependent relatives may be eligible to be charged less than the out-of-state tuition rate even though you are not North Carolina legal residents for tuition purposes. See Military Tuition Benefit.
You may also have tuition waived if you are a UNC Employee. See Employee Tuition Waiver.
How to Pay Your Tuition
If you register during the billing period, Student Accounts will bill you via email. If you register after the billing period, you must first pay Student Accounts.
Methods of Payment
You can make your payment in person, online, or by mail. For details on how to make payments, visit UNC’s Student Account Services Payment Options site.
Cancellation means you have never attended class. No entry is made on your permanent record and 100 percent of the prepaid tuition and fees is refunded. To qualify for cancellation, non-attendance in class must be verified by the professor(s).
Withdrawal means dropping all your classes or your only class after classes have begun. Withdrawal from the University results in a prorated refund. A weekly schedule, by percentage, is provided below for calculating a prorated estimated refund.
A weekly schedule, by percentage, of the prorated refund amount is provided at the Cashier’s website.