Eligibility for grant funding is dependent upon the level of need as determined by the FAFSA, so completion of the FAFSA is required. Grant funding does not have to be repaid, however, the availability of grant funding can be limited. Completing the FAFSA by March 1 will ensure the maximum financial aid award.
Federal Grants, with the exception of TEACH, are awarded to students demonstrating significant financial need as determined by the FAFSA. TEACH is not a need-based grant and could require repayment if the recipient does not fulfill the service agreement.
- Pell Grant
- Work Study (FWS)
- Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
- TEACH Grant (requires repayment if Agreement to Serve is not fulfilled)
State grants are awarded to North Carolina residents based on funding availability and need. Recipients are determined by the state of North Carolina and must be seeking their first undergraduate degree. Restrictions regarding credit hours and semesters completed may apply. For more information, please visit www.cfnc.org.
Students that apply for financial aid by the established priority date of March 1 are considered for institutional need-based awards provided funding is available.
Additional Information regarding Grants
Please keep in mind that most grant awards are disbursed based on the number of credit hours enrolled. Any changes to a student’s class schedule that occur before the last day to add or drop a class may cause your grant awards to be adjusted and you may see multiple adjustments on your student account.
If grants are posted to your account as a full-time student and you drop to less than full-time after your financial aid refund is issued, you may owe a portion of your refund back to the University.
Here is information on grant disbursement based on the number of credit hours enrolled each term:
Grants that are prorated based on the number of credit hours enrolled
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
- Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG)
- TEACH Grant
Grant awards that are halved for less than full-time enrollment (6-11 credit hours)
- UNC Need-based Grant
- NC Lottery Scholarship
Grants that require full-time enrollment and North Carolina residency (12+ credit hours)
- State Appropriated Grant (SAG)
Scholarships can be merit-based or need-based, or both; often require an application or nomination; do not have to be repaid.
- Levine Scholars Program
- Scholarships for Merit
- Athletic Scholarships
- Departmental Scholarships
- Outside Scholarships
Are funds that students borrow from the federal government or other lenders and that must be repaid when students are out of school. Repayment begins six months after you graduate, withdraw, or drop below full-time. We recommend that students borrow only what they need.
Campus Employment FAFSA application is not required, but the student must apply with the particular hiring department.
When students apply for financial aid through FAFSA, they receive an aid offer (or "package") that includes a combination of these types of aid, based on their financial need and eligibility.