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Summer Financial Aid

Newly Admitted Undergraduates

Welcome to Carolina! If you plan to attend summer school before your first full semester at Carolina, financial aid may be available.

The summer is considered a part of the prior academic year, so you’ll need to complete an earlier FAFSA to be considered.

To apply for summer aid:

  • Accept your admission to Carolina and submit your deposit (if required)
  • Contact the Admissions Office to let them know you’d like to enroll in the first and/or second summer sessions at Carolina. Email unchelp@admissions.unc.edu.
  • Enroll in at least 2 credit hours in a degree-seeking program.
  • Submit the 2017-2018 FAFSA before May 15.

Check your official UNC email for updates or requests for additional information.

New students will be considered for Pell Grants and Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized federal loans.

Parents may also apply for a Parent PLUS loan.  See the “Undergraduates” section below for details.

Students may also choose to apply for private loans. UNC does not provide guidance on private loans, other than encouraging you to carefully research and compare your options. Private educational loans are based on creditworthiness and may require a co-signor.

We encourage all aid-eligible students to set up direct deposit through the University Cashier’s Office to speed up any aid refunds.

Undergraduates

If you have already filed your 2017-2018 FAFSA, you will automatically be considered for summer financial aid.

If you have not completed a FAFSA for that year, please do so before May 15.

You must enroll in at least 2 credit hours in either summer session and meet regular aid eligibility standards.

Check your UNC email and monitor your ConnectCarolina To-Do List for any additional requests. We may need more information to complete your aid application.

We will notify you, beginning in mid-April, when summer aid is posted through ConnectCarolina.

You will be considered for Pell Grants, Subsidized Direct Loans and Unsubsidized Direct Loans.  If you need additional funds, parents of dependent students may apply for a Parent Plus Loan by:

  • Visit studentloans.gov and log in with your FAFSA ID and password.
  • Click on Apply for a Direct PLUS Loan, then start the PLUS Loan Application for Parent PLUS Loan.
  • Be sure to complete the PLUS Loan Application for the 17-18 academic year.
  • Please indicate how much you would like to borrow when completing your PLUS Loan Application.

Students may also choose to apply for private loans. UNC does not provide guidance on private loans, other than encouraging you to carefully research and compare your options. Private educational loans are based on creditworthiness and may require a co-signor.

Special programs like Summer Bridge and Summer Degree Completion may have additional funding available. You can view those awards through ConnectCarolina beginning mid-April.

Graduate Students

If you have already filed your 2017-18 FAFSA, you will automatically be considered for summer financial aid.

If you have not completed a FAFSA for that year, please do so before May 15.

You must enroll in at least 1.5 credit hours in either summer session and meet regular aid eligibility standards.

Check your UNC email and monitor your ConnectCarolina To-Do List for any additional requests. We may need more information to complete your aid application.

We will notify you, beginning in mid-April, when summer aid eligibility is posted to ConnectCarolina.

You will be considered for Unsubsidized Direct Loans. If you need additional funds, you may apply for a Graduate PLUS Loan by:

  • Go to www.studentloans.gov and log in with your FAFSA ID and password
  • Click on Apply for a Direct PLUS Loan, then start the PLUS Loan Application for Graduate & Professional Students
  • Be sure to complete the PLUS Loan Application for the 17-18 school year
  • Please indicate how much you would like to borrow when completing your online PLUS Loan Application.

Students may also choose to apply for private loans. UNC does not provide guidance on private loans, other than encouraging you to carefully research and compare your options. Private educational loans are based on creditworthiness and may require a co-signor.

Dental or Pharmacy Students on Summer Rotation – You will be automatically considered for summer financial aid as indicated above.

If you anticipate extraordinary costs associated with performing your rotation, you may submit a request to be considered for additional loans.

We encourage all aid-eligible students to set up direct deposit through the University Cashier’s Office to speed up aid refunds.

Summer Cost of Attendance

Costs for attendance in summer include books, housing, food and transportation which are adjusted from the academic year to reflect the shorter duration of summer programs.  The cost of attendance also includes summer tuition and fees.

How to view summer aid

Beginning mid-April, summer aid awards will be posted to ConnectCarolina.

  1. Log into ConnectCarolina.
  2. Open the “FINANCES” section
  3. View your award for the 2018 aid year
  4. Once you’ve opened your award, click “View Summer Term”

To reduce or decline any part of your summer aid, click “reduce/decline” within your summer financial aid award.