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Tuition and Other Charges

Payment Schedule

All students must pay tuition and fees according to the schedule printed in the University Registrar's Calendarnew window icon unless they qualify for a deferment under policies described in the Directory of Classes. Refer to the Office of the University Cashiernew window icon for current cost of attendance information.

Residence Status for Tuition Payment

As a state supported institution, the tuition rate for legal residents of North Carolina is less than the tuition rate for nonresidents. Information regarding residency requirements is available on The Graduate School's residency websitenew window icon.

A new application for residence status for tuition purposes may need to be submitted with all reapplication or readmission requests.

Tuition Remission and In-State Tuition Awards

A non-resident student who is awarded a fellowship or assistantship appointment may be eligible for a Tuition Remission Awardnew window iconreducing tuition to in-state rates. In addition to tuition remission, non-resident and resident students who are awarded a fellowship or assistantship appointment may be eligible for an In-State Tuition Awardnew window icon. Requests for tuition remission and in-state tuition award privileges are initiated by the academic program in which the student is enrolled.

Tuition remission and in-state tuition awards are available fall and spring semesters only. No summer awards are made. Students must be on-campus unless the award requires their presence at another campus or research center.

Additional financial policies and procedures can be found on our Funding Resourcesnew window iconwebsite.

Eligibility
Students must meet the following criteria to qualify for tuition remission and/or in-state tuition awards:

  1. Students must be full-time, degree seeking, and on-campus.
  2. Students enrolled in master's/doctoral sequence programs or stand-alone or free-standing master's programsnew window icon must receive a minimum stipend level per semester, as set by The Graduate School. Stipend levels are subject to change each year. Students may contact The Graduate School for the current stipend level.
  3. Students must have an appointment as a teaching assistant, research assistant, or fellow/trainee. The appointment must be in effect for a period of not less than one full semester for the student to be eligible for, and to retain, tuition remission and/or an in-state tuition award.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students determined at any point in the semester to no longer meet the eligibility requirements to receive a tuition remission and/or in-state tuition award will have the full amount of any tuition remission and/or in-state tuition award rescinded, and are then personally responsible for paying the full costs of tuition for that semester.

Duration of Support

Individual programs are permitted to grant additional semesters of tuition remission support from their own budget or other departmental sources of funding. Students must maintain eligibility to receive in-state and remission awards.

Additional semesters of in-state tuition support from Graduate School funding sources are not allowed.

Semesters in which the student does not receive a tuition award (remission and/or in-state tuition) from The Graduate School do not count toward the four or ten semester limit. Students who complete a degree in one academic program and then enroll in another academic program or change academic programs without receiving a degree are only eligible for the maximum semesters of eligibility as noted above during their enrollment at the University.

Consequences of Academic Actions

Resignation from Appointment
Students who have received a tuition remission and/or in-state tuition award who resign from their University appointment prior to the end of the semester (for personal, financial, medical, or any other reason) will have the full amount of their tuition remission and/or in-state tuition award rescinded and are then personally responsible for paying the full costs of tuition for that semester. Tuition remission and/or in-state tuition awards are not prorated. Appeals to the above policy must be directed to the Graduate School, along with a written recommendation from the dean, chair, or director of the student's academic program, and a letter of confirmation from the director of Campus Health Services if the resignation is for medical reasons.

Adding a Course
Students who have received a tuition remission and/or in-state tuition award and add a course before the end of the official registration add period, which results in additional tuition charges, will receive additional tuition remission and/or in-state award funds to cover the cost of the hours added should funds be available. Students who add a course after the official add registration period, which results in additional tuition charges, will not receive additional tuition remission and/or in-state award funds to cover the credit hours added and are then personally responsible for paying the additional cost for the credit hours added.

Dropping a Course
Students who have received a tuition remission and/or in-state tuition award who drop a course at any point in the semester will be re-evaluated to ensure that they still meet the eligibility requirements to receive a tuition remission and/or in-state tuition award.

Students determined to still meet the eligibility requirements, for whom the reduction in credit hours occurs before the census date and still receive credit on their financial account (“census date” is generally two weeks after classes begin), may have their financial account adjusted with no penalty.

Students determined to still meet the eligibility requirements, for whom the reduction in credit hours occurs after the census date and still receive credit on their financial account (“census date” is generally two weeks after classes begin), will have the tuition remission and/or in-state award to cover the credit hours for the course dropped rescinded and are then personally responsible for paying the tuition costs for the credit hours dropped.

Please refer to the Academic and Financial Policy Regarding Tuition and Drop Datespdf icon for further details on the consequences of dropping a course after the census date.

Withdrawal
Students who have received a tuition remission and/or in-state tuition award who withdraw from the University (i.e., drop all classes) prior to the fulfillment of their term commitment (for personal, financial, medical, or any other reason) will have the full amount of their tuition remission and/or in-state tuition award rescinded and are then personally responsible for paying the full costs of tuition for that semester. Although tuition charges may be prorated according to established policies of the University Cashier, tuition remission and/or in-state tuition awards are not prorated. Appeals to the above policy must be directed to The Graduate School, along with a written recommendation from the dean, chair, or director of the student's academic program, and a letter of confirmation from the director of Campus Health Services if the withdrawal is for medical reasons.

Partial Tuition Remissions

Programs with stand-alone or free-standing master's degrees new window icon are allowed to provide students a partial tuition remission, equal to 50 percent or 75 percent of full tuition. This plan was designed to accommodate students who have reduced Research Assistant responsibilities as master's degree students. In order to qualify for these partial tuition remissions, students must receive a minimum stipend level per semester, as set by The Graduate School. Please note that this program is voluntary. Students in stand-alone programs are still eligible for a full tuition remission, provided they meet the eligibility criteria as described above for teaching or research assistants.