Lining up your financial aid, housing and meal-plan can be a confusing process. You should be able to find everything you need here to budget for a life as a student at UNC Charlotte.


Financial Aid

Financial Aid at UNC Charlotte consists of grants, scholarships, loans and student employment. The Financial Aid Office attempts to determine an aid package which meets each student's financial need. Because of limited funds, the university is not able to meet the full need of all eligible students. If you have any questions, please contact our Financial Aid Department at 704-687-5504 or by e-mail.

We encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine any assistance which may be available. The FAFSA opens October 1, prior to the next academic year.  The priority deadline is March 1.  For helpful tips about navigating the financial aid process, refer to the Financial Aid office's Frequently Asked Questions.

Tuition & Fees

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. UNC Charlotte is committed to providing the best quality education at the most affordable cost possible. The University's cost of tuition, room and board are below the national average for four-year public schools.

People with a bachelor's degree earn nearly twice as much on average than those with only a high school diploma. The sacrifices you make for a college education are more than repaid in the long term.


Studies show that students who live on campus have a more fulfilling experience and are more successful in the classroom. Visit the Housing website for a look at the options available for on-campus living.

Meal Plans

Meal plans can make it much easier for you to have a healthy and balanced diet without worrying so much about cost. Meals plans are required each semester for students living in the high rises (Holshouser, Scott, Moore and Sanford Halls) and in suites (Sycamore, Cedar, Oak, Hickory, Hawthorn, Witherspoon and Lynch). Plan C is the most popular plan among students and it covers 10 meals per week plus $400 in declining balance to use at various locations on campus.

Student Employment

Being employed as a Student Worker on campus can be very beneficial to you during your time at the University and after graduation. You will establish good work ethic and gain valuable professional experience. In addition, our recent studies have shown that students who work on campus are likely to be more successful in the classroom than students who work significant hours per week off campus.