Outside scholarships include any funding from sources outside of UNC, the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA), or the federal government. Awards from companies, foundations, civic and religious organizations, and employer tuition benefits are common examples of outside scholarships.
They can affect a student’s aid eligibility, so they must be reported to the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. Outside scholarships help meet a student’s college costs, so we are required take these awards into account when determining eligibility for other aid programs.
If we have to adjust other sources of aid — which may be required under state and federal regulations — we always reduce need-based loans or work-study before reducing any gift aid, like need-based scholarships or grants.