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.

Spring 2019 Tuition

Part-Time Classroom Studies

 Undergraduates and Postbaccalaureates



Fees are assessed on a per-credit-hour basis rather than a per-enrollment basis. For undergraduate students, the combined rate is $16.51 per credit hour. For graduate students, the combined rate is $23.97 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.

Tuition Refunds


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.

Refund Schedules

A weekly schedule, by percentage, of the prorated refund amount is provided at the Cashier’s website.