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Apart from the FAFSA and, for undergraduates, the CSS/PROFILE application, there is no separate application required to be considered for grants and need-based scholarships.  Grants are provided through federal, state, University, and private sources. Grants do not require repayment and are applied directly to meet your educational expenses.

Eligibility for these grants is determined annually as part of the financial aid application process.  Graduate and professional students can research grant availability through their specific academic department.

Examples of grants that might be included in an aid package:

Federal Pell Grant – Eligibility for this award is determined from the FAFSA and the student’s enrollment status. These grants are provided on a sliding income scale and are awarded only to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. For more information: click here

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) – This grant is provided to undergraduate students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and who have significant financial need. These are awarded each year based on available funding. For more information: click here

University Grant – This grant is available to full-time undergraduate students. It is the largest University grant program available and is used to meet financial need as determined by both the FAFSA and CSS/PROFILE applications. Some students may receive grants named after “Noteworthy Firsts“, or “Bridge Builders” at Carolina — awards that honor path breaking figures in University history.

Various named grants and scholarships – The University, through private donations, awards a wide variety of need-based grants and scholarships. There is no separate application process — you’ll automatically be considered for these awards. Some these scholarships come from private donations, so you might be asked to communicate with donors.

For other aid that does not require repayment or a work component, you may also be interested in reviewing:

  • our Internal Scholarships page, where you’ll find information about both need-based and merit-based scholarships administered by the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, and
  • our Search for Outside Scholarships page, to help you find private scholarships for which you may apply.