Undergraduate Aid Profile 2021-22

Undergraduate Aid Profile


UNC-Chapel Hill prides itself on being a truly public institution, where access meets excellence, including meeting the full demonstrated need of undergraduate students. Supporting students with grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study makes a Carolina education affordable for students of all backgrounds. Explore the financial aid profile for the 2021-22 academic year below to learn more about its impact on students.




A first-day-of-class tradition, students stand in line for a drink from the Old Well at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



$156 million in grants and scholarships


$39 million in loans


$2.6 million in work-study



Unlike at most peer institutions, the typical Carolina student with financial need receives most of their financial aid as grants or scholarships.


Carolina ranks 1st for value among top public schools and 5th overall among public institutions in U.S. News & World Report.


Ranked as Kiplinger’s Best-Value Public College for the eighteenth time in 2019.


At Carolina, 74% of all undergraduates apply for aid and 62% of  applicants receive some form of need-based financial aid. The average need-based scholarship or grant award for 2021-2022 is $14,910.




“Being a Covenant Scholar at UNC, I have been given an incredible opportunity to receive a degree without the worry of large amounts of debt building up and waiting for me post-grad. As a first-generation student, my family and I have greatly appreciated the financial aid counselors who are always patient, open to all of my questions, and willing to help when I need it. With my financial aid package as well as the amazing counselors, I have been set up for success during my four years at Carolina!”

– Mackenzie Kaplan ’25, Human Development and Family Science Major and Cognitive Science Minor 
Views of class change on Polk Place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

* Depicts aid to full-time undergraduates at Fall 2021 Census.

Headshot of Isaac Hwang '25




“Being out of state, the tuition is quite a bit more than the state colleges in Georgia, but I really wanted to come to UNC. Thankfully, this school fully meets the financial needs of students so I could come here taking on little debt and doing work-study to offset some of the cost. My work-study position also helped me get involved in research around campus and get paid while doing it!”

– Isaac Hwang ’25, Biology and Chemistry Double Major

I am proud to be part of providing the best value in public college education, and that includes making it affordable and accessible to all students. Financial aid is an essential piece of this puzzle, and we are committed to providing the support students need to succeed and pursue their dreams. Our goal is to help students maximize their financial aid options, so they can receive the best education possible, at a price they can afford.

-Jackie Copeland, Associate Provost and Director

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