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Eligible NC families making below $80K to pay no tuition

To improve access and affordability for in-state residents, Carolina will cover tuition and mandatory fees for qualifying undergraduates.

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Expanding its long-standing commitment to access and affordability, UNC-Chapel Hill will cover tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduates whose family income is less than $80,000, starting fall 2024.

“This promise broadens a tradition established by successful and inspiring programs such as the Carolina Covenant and Blue Sky Scholars, among others. We want to make sure students know financial constraints should not stand in the way of their dreams,” said Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz.

Through this new initiative, a combination of federal, state and University grants and scholarships will cover those costs. To qualify for the aid, students will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the College Scholarship Service Profile. The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid has posted the specifics and answers to frequently asked questions on its website.

Affordable and accessible

Carolina, ranked No. 1 on U.S. News and World Report’s list of best value public colleges, practices need-blind admissions, which makes the promise of a Carolina education possible for all academically qualified students regardless of their financial means.

In 2023-24, in-state undergraduate tuition and required fees totaled $4,498 per semester — $3,509 for tuition and $989 for standard fees. Carolina has not increased tuition for resident undergraduates for the last seven years.

Through a combination of federal, state and institutional aid, Carolina already meets the demonstrated financial need of all resident undergraduates and covers the tuition and fees for more than 5,000 of them. Private donations will cover this tuition initiative’s cost of about $500,000-$600,000 per year. No additional state funds or tuition dollars will be used.