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Graduate Catalog | 2017-2018 
Graduate Catalog | 2017-2018 Previous Edition

Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

UNC Charlotte is a publicly supported institution and primarily receives its revenue from the State of NC appropriations, in addition to tuition and fees.  It is the combination of tuition and fees that primarily supports the operations and expansion of UNC Charlotte.  Tuition and fees are approved by the Student Representatives, UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees, and the UNC Board of Governors.  Tuition rates are also approved by the NC General Assembly.  These fees are mandatory to every student and cannot be waived.

Tuition and fees are billed by the semester for Fall and Spring terms and by credit hour for Summer terms.  Twelve or more credit hours are considered full-time for undergraduates, and nine or more credit hours are considered full-time for graduates.

Students taking fewer than the 12 credit hours for undergraduate study or 9 credit hours for graduate study are charged a prorated portion of tuition and fees.

Charges for tuition and fees vary according to the student’s status as a resident or non-resident of North Carolina.  A non-resident student pays a higher rate of tuition than a legal resident.  For more details, see the heading for Residence Status for Tuition Purposes later in this section. 

Following are the tuition and required fees for 2017-2018:

  0-2 Credit Hours 3-5 Credit Hours 6-8 Credit Hours 9+ Credit Hours
NC Resident Tuition (in-state) $542.13 $1084.25 $1626.38 $2168.50
Non-NC Resident Tuition (out-of-state) 2221.50 4442.75 6664.25 8885.50
Ed & Tech Fee 121.25 121.25 194.00 194.00
Food Service Facility Fee 10.00 10.00 10.00 10.00
University Fee 528.25 528.25 847.75 1204.00
49er Card Access Fee 7.50 7.50 7.50 7.50
Safety & Security Fee 6.25 6.25 10.00 15.00
Transportation Services Fee 52.50 52.50 52.50 52.50
UNC System Assoc Fee 0.15 0.15 0.25 0.50
Resident Total Tuition & Fees (in-state) $1268.03 $1810.15 $2748.38 $3749.00
Non-Resident Total Tuition & Fees (out-of-state) $2947.40 $5168.65 $7786.25 $10466.00


(This is an additional per term charge that is assessed to all students in these programs)
  0-2 Credit Hours 3-5 Credit Hours 6-8 Credit Hours 9+ Credit Hours
College of Arts + Architecture
Master’s degrees $218.75 $437.50 $656.25 $875.00
College of Business
DBA 2625.00 5250.00 7875.00 10500.00
M.S. & Grad Certificate in Data Science & Business Analytics 875.00 1750.00 2625.00 3500.00
Master’s degrees and Graduate Certificates (excluding Data Science & Business Analytics) 750.00 1500.00 2250.00 3000.00
College of Computing and Informatics
M.S. in Cybersecurity & Grad Certificates in Info Security & Privacy, Network Security, & Secure Software Development 500.00 1000.00 1500.00 2000.00
All other Master’s degrees & Graduate Certificates 337.50 675.00 1012.50 1350.00
College of Engineering
Doctoral and Master’s Programs 225.00 450.00 675.00 900.00
College of Health and Human Services
MHA, and M.S. & Grad Certificate in Health Informatics 337.50 675.00 1012.50 1350.00
M.S. in Respiratory Care 125.00 250.00 375.00 500.00
MPH & Grad Certificates in Public Health 75.00 150.00 225.00 300.00
MSN (excl. Anesthesia) & Nursing Grad Certificates 150.00 300.00 450.00 600.00
Doctor of Nursing Practice 600.00 1200.00 1800.00 2400.00
Ph.D. in Public Health Sciences 225.00 450.00 675.00 900.00
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
M.A. in I/O Psychology 300.00 600.00 900.00 1200.00


The University reserves the right, with the approval of proper authorities, to make changes in tuition and fees at any time.  The University also reserves the right to correct any clerical errors on a student’s account.  For the most current listing of tuition and fees at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, see studentaccounts.uncc.edu.

Tuition Surcharge

UNC Charlotte follows regulations regarding Tuition Surcharge established by the State of North Carolina.  These regulations change frequently.  The current state policy can be found at registrar.uncc.edu/common-requested-information/tuition-surcharge.

Required Fees

The required fees included in the Tuition and Fees table above are explained below.

Ed and Tech Fee

This fee is directly related to the infrastructure supporting student technology needs across campus including hardware and software applications, supplies for educational materials, web services, laboratory expenses and equipment, public student computing labs, central email and Internet services, training classes and classrooms, and central help desk services.

Food Service Facilities Fee

This fee provides funds to support year round access, maintenance, repairs, and operation of campus dining facilities.

University Fee

This is a consolidated fee that relates to University debt service payments (to construct new facilities and purchase administrative computing systems) and to support other activities/operations including Athletics programs and events, the Student Health Center that serves our student population, Student Activity Center operations, and Cone Center operations.  The following fees are consolidated into the University Fee:

  • Athletics - Funds intercollegiate athletics, including salaries and maintenance and operation of athletic facilities.
  • Health Services - Funds medical services for students, including the salaries, maintenance and operation of student health centers.
  • Student Activities - Funds non-academic student services (student unions, intramural facilities, student organizations, newspapers, yearbooks, and entertainment programs).
  • Debt Service - Funds the principal and interest for capital projects.  Examples for UNC Charlotte include the Student Union, Football Stadium, and Student Activity Facility.

49er Card Access Fee

This fee supports the University’s 49er Card operations and support.  The ID card is not only used for identification purposes, but also as a library card and as a campus card for dining and vending purchases.  This fee does not cover a replacement card of a lost or stolen card.

Safety and Security Fee

This fee provides funding for several of the recommendations made by the UNC Board of Governors’ 2013-14 UNC [system-wide] Campus Security Initiative report which include, but are not limited to:  (1) campus police officer and telecommunicator compensation; (2) highly qualified and trained investigators and hearing officers for reports of serious offenses, such as sexual violence; (3) Title IX and Clery Act compliance coordination; (4) substance abuse counselors, case managers, and/or other counseling staff; and (5) system-level safety and security training, coordination, and audit functions.  The fee may also provide funding to meet some additional campus-specific safety and security needs consistent with the report’s recommendations.  The structure for this fee allows $26 of the $30 collected from each student per academic year to fund campus level and shared-services activities, while $4 of the $30 is allocated by the UNC General Administration for system-wide coordination, trainings, and other shared services functions.

Transportation Fee

This fee helps to fund the campus transportation shuttle system which operates during the Fall and Spring semesters.  The shuttle serves to provide the UNC Charlotte campus with efficient and safe campus transportation, reduce vehicular congestion, and decrease the demand for proximity parking.

UNC System Student Association Fee

This fee is a University of NC system-wide fee charged to all system students to support the University Of North Carolina Association of Student Governments. This association is a student led advocacy group whose main purpose is to ensure that the benefits of the University of North Carolina are extended to the people of North Carolina, as far as practicable, free of expense.

Special Fees

The following additional course fees are charged to cover the cost of supplies or special materials:

Course Fee
GRAD 7999 - Master’s Graduate Residency Credit  (Resident) $213
GRAD 7999 - Master’s Graduate Residency Credit  (Non-Resident) $872
GRAD 9999 - Doctoral Graduate Residency Credit  (Resident) $213
GRAD 9999 - Doctoral Graduate Residency Credit  (Non-Resident) $872

Application Fee

A $60 application fee must be submitted with the application for admission.  The fee is nondeductible and nonrefundable.

Credit by Examination Fee

A written examination for a course requires a fee of $15.  A laboratory examination requiring the arrangement of such things as laboratory materials will require a fee of $25.  A combination of a laboratory and written examination will require a fee of $30.

Matriculation Fee

Instead of paying separate fees for such things as new student convocation, commencement, and hardcopy academic transcripts, UNC Charlotte students pay a matriculation fee and receive these and other services at no charge.  Students are charged the $100 matriculation fee upon entry into a baccalaureate, graduate certificate/master’s, and doctoral program at UNC Charlotte.

Residence Status For Tuition Purposes

Tuition charges are based upon classification of a student as a resident or a non-resident of North Carolina for tuition purposes.  UNC Charlotte shall determine whether a graduate student is a resident or a non-resident for tuition purposes in accordance with North Carolina General Statutes that are summarized below.  A more complete explanation of the statute and the procedures are contained in The North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual.  Copies of the Manual are available for inspection in the Residency Determination Office.


Generally, in order to qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, a person must be a legal resident of North Carolina AND must have been domiciled in North Carolina for at least twelve (12) consecutive months immediately prior to the beginning of the term.  In order to be eligible for such classification, the person must establish that his or her presence in the state during such twelve-month period was for purposes of maintaining a bona fide domicile rather than for purposes of mere temporary residence incident to enrollment in an institution of higher education.

Initiative and Proof of Status

A student is responsible for seeking reclassification as a resident for tuition purposes.  A student must (1) provide all of the information that the residency application requires for consideration of residence classification and (2) establish facts that justify classification as a resident for tuition purposes.  (See Residence Application Procedure below.) 

Parents’ Domicile

If a dependent student has living parents or a court-appointed guardian who maintain bona fide domicile in North Carolina, this fact shall be prima facie evidence that the student is also domiciled in North Carolina. This primary proof of the student’s legal residence may be supported or rebutted by other information relative to the applicant’s age and general circumstances. 

If a student’s parents or legal guardian are domiciled outside of North Carolina, this fact shall be prima facie evidence that the student is also not domiciled in North Carolina, unless the student has lived in North Carolina for five consecutive years preceding enrollment or re-registration at UNC Charlotte.

Domicile of Non-U.S. Citizens

If a student is not a U.S. citizen, he or she may or may not qualify for resident tuition on the same basis as a U.S. citizen.  The type of immigration documentation held by the student will determine if he or she has capacity to (i.e., is legally able to) establish legal residence for tuition purposes.  However, that person must still take the actions and have the intent necessary to establish legal residence.

Effect of Marriage

A person does not automatically obtain North Carolina domicile solely by marrying a North Carolina resident.  If both student and spouse have established a North Carolina domicile and the spouse has met the 12-month requirement, the student who has not met the requirement may borrow his or her spouse’s domicile to meet the 12-month requirement.  However, the two durations cannot be added together to meet the 12-month requirement.

Military Personnel

A North Carolinian who serves outside the State in the armed forces does not lose North Carolina domicile and thus North Carolina legal residence simply by reason of such service. Students in the military may prove retention or establishment of legal residence by reference to residentiary acts accompanied by residentiary intent.

An active duty service member stationed in North Carolina, as well as his or her spouse, dependent children, and dependent relatives who are living with the service member shall be charged the in-state tuition rate along with any applicable mandatory fees.  Under this provision, the dependent relative must comply with any applicable requirements of the Selective Service System.

Also, members of the North Carolina National Guard may be eligible to pay the in-state rate while attached to a military unit in North Carolina.  Only the Guard member is eligible for this benefit.

Tuition benefits based on military service may be enjoyed only if requirements for admission to UNC Charlotte have been met.  The military service tuition statute does not qualify a person for or provide the basis for receiving derivative benefits under other tuition statutes.


Permanent full-time employees of The University of North Carolina who are legal residents of North Carolina qualify for the in-state rate even if they do not meet the 12-month requirement.  The employee’s spouse and dependent children (using income tax dependency as the standard) who are legal residents also qualify for this benefit. 

Grace Period

If a student (1) is a legal resident of North Carolina, (2) has consequently been classified a resident for tuition purposes, and (3) has subsequently lost North Carolina legal residence while enrolled at UNC Charlotte, the student may continue to enjoy the in-state tuition rate for a grace period of 12 months measured from the date the student lost his or her status as a legal resident.  If the 12 month grace period ends during an academic term in which the student is enrolled at UNC Charlotte, the grace period extends to the end of that term.  Marriage to one domiciled outside of North Carolina does not, by itself, cause loss of legal residence.


Minors (persons under 18 years of age) usually have the domicile and thus the legal residence of their parents.  This presumption may be rebutted by other information in the case of divorce, legal separation, a deceased parent or a minor living with neither parent.  Certain specific cases are recognized in determining residence for tuition purposes.

  • If a minor’s parents live apart, the minor’s legal residence is deemed to be North Carolina for the time period(s) that either parent, as a legal resident of North Carolina, may claim and does claim the minor as a tax dependent.Under this provision, a minor deemed to be a legal resident will not, upon turning eighteen before enrolling at an institution of higher education, lose North Carolina legal residence if he or she (1) acts in a manner consistent with bona fide legal residence in North Carolina and (2) begins enrollment at UNC Charlotte no later than the Fall academic term immediately following completion of education prerequisite to admission at UNC Charlotte.
  • If a minor has lived for five or more consecutive years in the home of adult relatives (other than parents) who are domiciled in North Carolina and if the relatives have functioned during this time as if they were personal guardians, the minor will be deemed a resident for tuition purposes for the enrolled term commencing immediately after the five years in which these circumstances have existed. Under this provision, a minor deemed to be a resident for tuition purposes immediately prior to his or her eighteenth birthday will be deemed a legal resident of North Carolina for the required 12 month period when he or she turns eighteen; provided he or she does not abandon North Carolina legal residence.

Re-Establishment of Domicile within 12 Months

If a student ceases enrollment at or graduates from an institution of higher education in North Carolina while classified a resident for tuition purposes and then abandons and reestablishes North Carolina legal residence within a 12-month period, that student shall be permitted to re-enroll at UNC Charlotte as a resident for tuition purposes without meeting the 12-month durational requirement.  Under this provision, the student maintains the reestablished legal residence through the beginning of the academic term for which in-state tuition status is sought.  A student may receive the benefit of this provision only once.

Transfer Students

When a student transfers from one institution of higher education to another, he or she is treated as a new student and must be assigned an initial residence classification for tuition purposes.

Admitted and Readmitted Students

A student accepted for initial enrollment at UNC Charlotte or permitted to re-enroll following an absence from the institutional program that involved a formal withdrawal from enrollment will be classified by the admitting institution either as a resident or as a non-resident for tuition purposes prior to actual enrollment.

Residency Application Procedure

A newly admitted graduate student or continuing graduate student who has been classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes may pursue reconsideration of the residency classification by submitting the Residence and Tuition Status Application and supporting documentation to the Residency Determination Office.  The due date for submission of the NC Residence and Tuition Status Application in the Residency Determination Office along with all required documentation is by 5 p.m. on the 5th day of classes.  Refer to the Residency Determination Office website for application deadlines for each semester.

Appeal Procedure

A graduate student, who has exhausted the residency application procedure and has been classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes, may request further consideration of that decision to the UNC Charlotte University Residence Status Appeals Board (URSAB) pursuant to the “Policy and Procedures for Determining Residence Status for Students at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.”  This request must be in writing to the Chairperson of the URSAB and must be submitted to the Residency Determination Office within twenty (20) business days from the date of the issuance of the letter of determination.  The request may consist simply of the statement, “I wish to appeal the decision of my residence classification for tuition purposes.”  It must be dated and signed and should indicate the applicant’s UNC Charlotte student identification number, academic term, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number.

Dining, Housing, and Parking

Dining And Meal Plans

Meal Plans, the 49er Account, and the Optional Dining Account all reside on the UNC Charlotte 49er ID Card.

A Meal Plan purchase provides these advantages:

  • Convenience: One card for all campus dining purchases
  • Variety: many places to eat on campus
  • Flexibility and Lifestyle: Meal plans to fit everyone’s dining needs; night and weekend dining
  • Favorite Flavors: Many popular, national brands
  • Dietary Preferences: Vegetarian, vegan, and healthy options available at every meal

For a listing of available dining locations, menus, Meal Plans, and Meal Plans Policies, visit aux.uncc.edu/dining/meal-plans.


The below figures are 2017-2018 rates per semester and include rent, all utilities, cable TV service, Internet connectivity, Wi-Fi, weekly laundry allowance (where applicable), and membership in the Resident Students Association (RSA).  Prices and plans are subject to change.  Current pricing can be found online at housing.uncc.edu/apply/rates.

Type Fee
Apartment $4150 - $5025
Greek Village $4265 - $4854
Tower/Residence Hall - Double Room $3075 - $3485
Tower/Residence Hall - Single Room (if available) $4120 - $4270
Suite $3890 - $4800

Admission to UNC Charlotte does not guarantee residence hall space.  Arrangements for on-campus housing are made, after admission, with the Office of Housing and Residence Life.  Shared Residence Hall space is not available to spouses or children of enrolled students.

Housing Deposit

A $200 deposit must be submitted with all housing contracts.  The deposit is not applied toward payment of fees. It is refunded only after the student has left on-campus housing and only if the student has met all financial obligations to the University.  In the case of contract cancellation, the date of receipt of the written request for cancellation will determine, in part, the student’s financial obligation to the University (please see the Housing Contract for the current academic year for specific terms and cancellation dates).


Students attending UNC Charlotte (as well as faculty and staff) are required to register their motor vehicle(s) in order to park on campus.  Vehicle registration and virtual permit purchase is available online.  Virtual permits are required at all times when parked on campus, unless parked in a visitor parking area or at a meter.  For students, two categories of virtual permits are issued: Resident (for students living on-campus) and Commuter (for students living off-campus).

For the 2017-2018 academic year, the annual rate for a resident or full-time commuter student is $450.  Please reference pats.uncc.edu for the most current list of fees and complete permit information, including where each type of virtual permit allows you to park.  Full-time virtual permits are valid from August 15 of one year through August 14 of the following year.  Semester permits are available for those graduating in December or wish to only purchase one semester at a time.

Two-day, discount remote lot, and night permits are available to commuters at a reduced rate.  Night permits and two-day permits are sold by the semester.  Night permits are valid only after 3 p.m.  Parking before 3 p.m. requires parking and payment at the meters or in a visitor space.  Two-day permits are valid on specified weekdays; parking on any other day requires payment at meters or in a visitor space.

The primary factor that determines permit prices is the cost of new deck construction and replacing flat lots with decks.  Neither tuition dollars nor state funds are used toward parking facilities; therefore, parking fees must pay for construction and maintenance of all decks, lots, and associated operations.

Penalties for Parking Violations

Violators of University parking regulations are subject to monetary penalties ranging from $20 to $450, depending on the severity of the violation.  Copies of parking regulations are available online.  Additionally, citations enforced and penalties assessed can be found online at pats.uncc.edu.  If a citation is not paid or appealed within ten (10) business days, the penalty will be applied to the student’s account with the University.  Subsequent registration may be withheld for non-payment.  Parking and Traffic regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Currently, permits are enforced at all times, and meters are enforced from 5 a.m. on Monday through 10 p.m. on Friday.

The Parking and Transportation Services website is where you’ll find the UNC Charlotte parking ordinances, all parking policy information, virtual permit and citation FAQs and updates, and changes or disruptions to parking areas.  Information about the campus bus service and ADA Para-Transit services may also be found there.

Questions concerning parking on campus should be directed to Parking and Transportation Services Call Center at 704-687-0161, 5 a.m. on Monday through 10 p.m. on Friday, except on University Holidays or when the University is closed.  Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.  Emergency situations and questions at other times should be directed to the Campus Police at 704-687-2200.

Funding a Graduate Education

Graduate School Funding

Financial support for UNC Charlotte graduate students is provided in the form of assistantships, fellowships, tuition awards, and traineeships.  The majority of full-time enrolled Ph.D. students receive funding, and approximately 15% of master’s and certificate students receive some form of funding.

Nominations for funding are made by the Graduate Program Director, so students should communicate with the Director about the availability of funding support.  While some programs provide all or the majority of their students with some type of funding, others provide only limited support.

Graduate Assistant Support Plan (GASP)

The Graduate Assistant Support Plan (GASP) is a highly competitive multi-year support package used to attract and retain top quality doctoral students to UNC Charlotte.  Students enrolled in this plan are eligible to receive full payment of in-state tuition, non-resident tuition (if required), and health insurance.  To be eligible, a student must be a doctoral student who holds a graduate assistantship or appropriate fellowship of at least $7,000 for the academic year ($777.77 per month for the calendar year) and must be enrolled full-time (at least 9 credit hours) for each term of support.  Students must be nominated by their Graduate Program Director.

Veteran’s Graduate Assistantships

The Graduate School supports efforts to recruit exceptionally talented military veterans to graduate programs at UNC Charlotte.  Veteran’s Graduate Assistantships provide a graduate assistantship (teaching or research) for two academic years, resident tuition support and health insurance, to three newly admitted graduate students (doctoral or master’s).  Students must be nominated by their Graduate Program Director.

Assistantships and Employment

The majority of graduate assistantships at UNC Charlotte are awarded by academic departments.  Many graduate students seek teaching, research, or administrative assistantships as a way of both gaining valuable experience and securing financial support.  Students may also choose from a variety of on- or off-campus employment opportunities in the Charlotte region.

Graduate Assistantships

With graduate assistantships, students can gain valuable knowledge and experience related to their degree program by fulfilling teaching, research, or administrative roles within the University.  Stipends, responsibilities, selection criteria, and application and notification procedures vary from department to department, so students should contact their Graduate Program Director for additional information on available assistantships.

Some available Graduate Assistantships are listed on graduateschool.uncc.edu/funding/assistantships-and-employment/available-assistantships (positions listed on this site are typically administrative in nature). 

Graduate Students may be assigned as Teaching Assistants (TAs), however, only graduate students with at least 18 credit hours may serve as primary instructors (IORs).

On-Campus Employment

The Office of Student Employment assists students in obtaining Federal Work Study and temporary student worker positions within the University.  Visit the Human Resources website at hr.uncc.edu/students for more information.

Off-Campus Employment

The University Career Center (UCC) operates a database called NinerJobNet, which offers part-time and full-time employment opportunities.  Detailed information about the services offered within the UCC can be found on their website at career.uncc.edu.

Financial Aid Programs

The Office of Student Financial Aid administers several federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs available to graduate students at UNC Charlotte who complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA helps U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens gain access to gift aid (repayment not required) such as grants or self-help aid (direct repayment or service required), like loans and Federal Work Study awards.

Applying for Federal and State Aid

The FAFSA can be completed from the Office of Student Financial Aid website, or directly at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  The federal school code for UNC Charlotte is 002975.


The Office of Student Financial Aid must receive completed FAFSA forms by March 1 for grant assistance consideration for the following academic year.  For loan assistance, there is no deadline, provided that the FAFSA is received by the Financial Aid Office to allow sufficient processing time prior to the end of the academic year (usually three to four weeks).

Grant Assistance

The Tuition Assistance Grant administered by the Financial Aid Office is available to graduate students. It provides up to $2,000 in grant assistance to students demonstrating financial need regardless of state residency.  Eligible students are awarded these grants until funds are exhausted.  For more information, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS)

The Forgivable Education Leans for Service Program was established by the North Carolina Assembly to provide assistance to qualified students who are committed to working in North Carolina in designated critical employment shortage professions.  For information on deadlines, eligibility, value, and application procedure, visit www.cfnc.org/FELS.

Loan Assistance

Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 annually from the Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program.  Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, only Unsubsidized Stafford loans are available to graduate students.  “Unsubsidized” means that interest will begin to accrue on the loan once it is disbursed to the student’s account. Students have the option of either paying the interest while enrolled in school at least half-time (3+ hours for graduate students) or having the interest added to the loan principal. Loan repayment begins nine months after the student graduates or ceases to be enrolled at least half-time.

In addition to Stafford Loans, graduate students may borrow funds through the federal Graduate PLUS loan program.  Each student’s maximum loan amount (combining all loan sources) is limited to the student’s total Cost of Attendance minus any other aid received.  More detailed information on the Cost of Attendance can be found on the Office of Student Financial Aid website at finaid.uncc.edu.

Private Loans

Loans are also available for domestic and international students through private lenders.  Please visit the Financial Aid website at finaid.uncc.edu to view UNC Charlotte’s Preferred Lender List selection.


UNC Charlotte provides graduate students the opportunity to apply for scholarships.  Scholarships can be merit-based or need-based, and may also focus on other criteria defined by the individual donor or donors who fund the award.  Scholarships can be used to offset tuition, room and board, books, or study abroad experiences, and do not have to be repaid.

UNC Charlotte committed to offering students an elite scholarship resource on campus by establishing the University Scholarship Office in 2015.  This designated student resource office exists to make it easier for students to find and apply for scholarship opportunities, while serving as the single point of contact to student, parents, faculty, and staff with scholarship-related questions.

NinerScholars Portal

The NinerScholars Portal serves as the common application system for all scholarships offered by a college, department, office, or program at UNC Charlotte.  NinerScholars uses the University’s student information system to build a scholarship profile specific to each student’s academic history and current status.  The Portal then compares a student’s profile to the criteria for each UNC Charlotte scholarship, matches them with those scholarships they are eligible for, and provides the student with the ability to apply in real-time.

The NinerScholars Portal gives students direct access to apply to more than 1,000 scholarship opportunities with one application, through one online system.  To access the NinerScholars Portal, learn more about specific scholarship opportunities, or take advantage of additional scholarship resources, visit the University Scholarship Office website at scholarships.uncc.edu.

External Funding

Many organizations outside of the Graduate School and the University offer fellowship and other award opportunities to students at all levels of graduate education as part of local, national, and international competitions.  For more information, visit graduateschool.uncc.edu/funding/external-funding.


The Office of Student Accounts bills students for tuition, room and board, and various other University charges.  Each student receives an email around the 15th of each month at their UNC Charlotte email address informing them that their bill is available on My UNC Charlotte, online at my.uncc.edu.  It is the student’s responsibility to regularly check their UNC Charlotte email account.  Failure to receive a billing statement or view their account online will not exempt students from having their registration cancelled for non-payment or from having a hold placed on their account blocking them from receiving their transcript and diploma.

Payment can be made by cash, check, online from a checking or savings account (eCheck), or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover).  All payments must be in U.S. currency.  Remittance should be made payable to “UNC Charlotte” and identified with the student name and ID number.

UNC Charlotte offers a payment plan which allows students to spread out their tuition and fees, on-campus housing and dining, and other charges billed to the student’s account into three installment payments. 

Returned Check Policy

If a check is returned by the bank, a letter is sent to the maker indicating that a penalty of $25 has been assessed and the account must be settled within 10 working days or the check will be considered to be a bad check and be processed accordingly. A hold will be placed on the student’s record until the bad check is covered and the penalty is paid.

A student who pays a previous balance with a check in order to have a registration hold flag lifted will have their registration cancelled if the check is returned by the bank for any reason.

Parent Information/Authorized Payers

Authorized Payers are family and friends that have been given the ability to access the Student Account information ONLY.  In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), student financial records may not be shared with a third party without the student’s written consent.  Adding an authorized payer is the student’s written consent that an individual may view their account information and make payments on their behalf.  Please note that authorized payers DO NOT have access to a student’s stored payment methods, academic records, or other personal information.

Students can add Authorized Payers by logging in to My UNC Charlotte at my.uncc.edu.  Students will then need to access their Student Account Information, select Authorized User under the “My Account” tab, and proceed with “Add Authorized User.” 

Authorized Payers will receive an email informing them that they have been granted access to the student’s account information.  The email notification will include access information that will be used when accessing the information from the UNC Charlotte Student Account Suite at https://ecom.uncc.edu/C21561_tsa/web/login.jsp


A student who officially withdraws (drops all courses) from the University in the Fall or Spring semester will receive a refund as follows:

Period of Withdrawal Percent of Tuition and Fees Refunded
Before 1st Class Day 100%
Period 1 * 90%
Period 2 * 50%
Period 3 * 25%
Period 4 * 0%

* Generally, each period is two weeks in length; however, for specific dates of each period, please visit the Refunds Schedule located online under finance.uncc.edu/student-accounts/refunds.

Summer School Refunds

A student who officially withdraws (drops all courses) from the University prior to the fifth class day of the Summer session will receive a 100% refund.  Students who officially withdraw (drops all courses) from the University on the fifth class day of the Summer session or later will receive no refund.  Please review the Refunds Schedule available online on the Student Accounts website above.


Charges are refundable by administrative action on a prorated basis for the unexpired portion of the term for the following reasons:  death of the student, withdrawal for adequate medical reason as certified by the University’s Student Health Center or family doctor, death in the immediate family that necessitates student withdrawal, and dismissal or suspension from school.  Immediate family is defined as wife, husband, parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent, and grandchildren, and includes step-, half- and in-law relationships.  Appropriate documentation must be submitted to the Dean of Students.

Appeal Procedure for Refunds

Students are provided an opportunity to appeal charges associated with tuition, fees, housing, and dining.  The student will have the burden of proving a case for appeal by a preponderance of evidence.  Appeals will not be considered that arise from a student’s error on registration or situations resulting from a deliberate decision or series of decisions by the student, such as a failure to be aware of deadlines and/or due dates.  Full reductions or refunds are typically not granted for students who attend any portion of a semester.  Appeals must be substantiated with supporting documentation or verification of extenuating circumstances that warrant basis for the appeal.  Extenuating circumstances may include personal or family emergencies as a result of the illness or death of a family member, medical and/or mental health reasons, orders requiring military service, or errors committed by the University.  At both levels of appeal, review and consideration for a decision will be based upon the information provided in the appeal as well as the supporting documentation accompanying the appeal.  Appeals submitted without supporting documentation will not be processed for review and consideration until supporting documentation is provided.  Students must submit a first level appeal within one calendar year from the date the fee was initially charged to the student.  The second level of appeal must be submitted within ten (10) business days of the delivery of the first appeal decision.  See finance.uncc.edu/resources/forms/tuition-housing-and-dining-appeal-form for more details.