Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.87
Liaison Cindy Shea
Submission Date Dec. 23, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.62 / 4.00 Rachelle Feldman
Associate Provost and Director of Scholarships and Student Aid
Office of Scholarships and Student Aid
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:

A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

The Carolina Covenant (through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid) makes college possible for qualified students regardless of their financial means. Students from households that earn less than 200% of the federal poverty level graduate debt free. Grants and work-study positions pay the bills. North Carolina residency is not required. A student may be designated as a Covenant Scholar when admitted to Carolina as a first year or transfer student. Carolina was the first major public university in the US to introduce such a program in 2003. Nearly 20% of Carolina students are first generation college students, the first in their families to attend college.


Additionally, UNC meets 100% of the need for all eligible financial aid applicants. 96% of undergraduates who received need-based financial aid also received scholarship and/or grant aid.


A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

On-line courses that accommodate non-traditional schedules are offered in a variety of disciplines. Multiple courses are offered in each of 28 disciplines from anthropology to Spanish.
The Boot Print to Heel Print orientation sessions are designed specifically for current and former members of the military.

Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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