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Financial Need

Most student aid is awarded based on financial need.

You can use our Net Price Calculator to estimate your aid eligibility.

The federal government reviews the information on your FAFSA to estimate how much you and your family can afford to pay for college. The University then determines your aid eligibility based on that federal calculation.

Newly enrolling undergraduate students should also submit the CSS/PROFILE, which we use to determine eligibility for University grants and scholarships. Returning students — those enrolled at Carolina the previous academic year — do not have to complete a PROFILE.

Cost of Attendance is an estimate of college costs, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, housing, meals, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses. Actual student spending can vary quite a lot.

Expected Family Contribution is determined by the federal government based on your income and assets, living expenses, taxes, family size, and the number of college students in your household.

Financial Need is the Cost of Attendance minus the Expected Family Contribution.

The University makes every effort to ensure that all admitted students can afford Carolina.