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Annual Process

Applying for Aid – Aid applications are due each year by March 1.  Applications forms — the FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE — are available January 1. You don’t have to wait for admission in order to apply for aid.

Applications are accepted after March 1, but available aid may be limited. The sooner you apply, the better!

Award Notification – Notifications about aid awards will begin in March and continue through the spring.  After you apply, visit your ConnectCarolina to check your application status. Once an award is posted, an email will be sent to your UNC e-mail account.

Additional Documentation - Sometimes, we need more information to calculate your financial aid. We’ll e-mail a request to your UNC e-mail address, so monitor your UNC account closely. The sooner we get documents from you, the sooner we can finalize your aid.

Undergraduate Students

There are two applications to be completed by undergraduate students:

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – Available at fafsa.gov, this form is used to determine federal aid eligibility. UNC code is 002974.
  2. CSS/PROFILE – Available at student.collegeboard.org/profile, this form is used for University scholarships and grants. UNC code is 5816.

Both forms should be submitted by March 1 to meet the priority deadline.  Late applications are accepted, but aid resources may be limited.

If additional documentation is needed, you may receive an estimate of aid eligibility based, pending a final decision.  You will be notified by e-mail if we need more information, and your aid award will be confirmed after you’ve submitted any additional documents.

Graduate and Professional Students

Only one application is required for graduate and professional students:

  1.  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – This is the federal form used nationally by all schools.  The form is available at fafsa.gov, and the UNC code is 002974.

This form must be submitted on or before March 1st to meet the priority application deadline.  Late applications will be accepted, but priority processing time and funds are reserved for those meeting the priority deadline.

Once your application is submitted, financial aid eligibility will be determined.  In rare circumstances, additional information will be requested from you prior to determining eligibility.

Aid Application Process Information and Advice

  • If you are new to the University, do not wait for a final admission decision to complete your application. The FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE forms are typically available online January 1 for the upcoming academic year. You may complete the forms as soon as they are available whether or not you have received your UNC admission decision.  Award eligibility will then be determined once you are admitted.
  • All awards will initially be made on the assumption that you will enroll full-time for both the fall and spring semesters.  If you will not be full-time, please notify our office and your awards will be adjusted.
  • You must reapply for financial aid each year and prior to March 1st.  The application process is annual.  If your income or family circumstances change from year-to-year, then your financial aid will also change from year-to-year.   If your circumstances do not change dramatically, then eligibility should also not change dramatically.  But, the application process is annual, is based on available budgets, and is evaluated based on the environment in any given year.