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Types of Aid
Visit Applying for Aid to complete your UNC-Chapel Hill aid application.
Your aid award at Carolina will include a mix of funding. It depends on your financial need, the kind of funding available, and the timing of your application (earlier is better).
Sources of Aid
- Grants – Gift money (funds you don’t have to pay back) from federal, state, University, or private funds. Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need.
- Scholarships – Gift money (funds you don’t have to pay back). Scholarships are awarded for academic achievement, individual talent, or other unique criteria specified by a donor. Some scholarships are based on financial need, but not all.
- University Scholarships are those awarded by UNC or foundations directly tied to the University. The Morehead-Cain and Robertson scholarships require separate applications; all others are awarded on the basis of your UNC Admissions application.
- Outside Scholarships are those the student brings to the University from “outside” sources, like a church, nonprofit, or community organization. Outside scholarships are counted toward meeting the student’s aid eligibility; that is, a student’s total financial aid package from all sources cannot exceed the student’s aid eligibility.
- Loans – Money borrowed from federal sources, University sources, or private lenders that require repayment.
- Work – Money earned through Federal Work Study jobs on campus or in the local community.
Laptop Grants – UNC offers eligible undergraduates a grant to purchase a laptop. See here for details.
The Carolina Covenant
Carolina’s lowest-income students — from families making less than 200% of the federal poverty level — may qualify for the Carolina Covenant, an aid program that provides debt-free funding to attend UNC.
That means full financial need is met through grants, scholarships, and work-study — no loans.
Eligibility is automatically assessed when you apply for financial aid. Details at carolinacovenant.unc.edu.