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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid

How do you fund your degree here at UNC Asheville?  First, familiarize yourself with the UNC Asheville Financial Aid  website and the various programs and scholarships available to our students.  Also, the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is an invaluable resource in the search for viable ways to finance your education.  UNC Asheville is consistently recognized as a “best buy” year after year. Apart from our stellar academics and nationally competitive, low tuition prices, we strive to provide financial assistance to help students remove the financial barriers in obtaining a higher education. Over 80 percent of our students’ eligible need is provided by financial aid. 

Additionally, the Department of Education supports the following Scholarships specifically designed to encourage high-quality students to consider teaching as a profession:

Teaching Fellows

The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is a 4-year $26,000 scholarship for North Carolina high school seniors who plan a career in teaching. The scholarship covers most of the cost of tuition, fees, books and several summer enrichment programs. In exchange Teaching Fellows must teach for four years in the state's public schools.

The University of North Carolina Asheville is known for its personal approach and unique opportunities. Fellows can experience a summer at Cambridge, special academic and social activities, and visits to schools in cities and rural areas across the country. Teaching Fellows earn a 4-year undergraduate degree in a subject area while earning teacher licensure. The liberal arts emphasis at UNC Asheville means we focus all of our resources on undergraduates.

 UNC Asheville Department of Education Awards and Scholarship Committee

Mary Morrow-Edna Richards Scholarship

NCAE will be awarding scholarships from its Mary Morrow-Edna Richards Scholarship Fund to deserving students who plan to pursue teaching in the public schools of North Carolina. The amount of each scholarship is $1,000.

Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS)

The Forgivable Education Loans for Service provides financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in an approved education program and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina. A borrower must complete his or her Approved Education Program, obtain licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and teach in a Qualified Position in North Carolina. Eligible Qualified Positions include employment in a North Carolinapublic school or charter school, a school operated by the State of North Carolina, or a school operated by the federal government in North Carolina.  Employment as an administrator, substitute teacher, or employment in a nonpublic school, community college, or institution of higher education is not eligible for Loan Forgiveness.  Areas of teacher shortage include:  Biology, Chemistry, Comprehensive Science, ESL, Math, Middle Grades, Physics, and Special Education.
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North Carolina Teacher Loan Forgiveness Programs

There are also loan forgiveness opportunities for students teaching in low-income schools or subject matter shortage areas.  Please review the following document for more information: 

Teacher Loan Forgiveness Presentation - Public Schools of North Carolina

U.S. Department of Education's Financial Aid Toolkiit

The U.S. Department of Education has an online resource to assist students in the process of selecting and financing their higher education.  It consolidates financial aid resources and content into a searchable online database, making it easy for individuals to quickly access the information needed to support students' educational goals.

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Contact Information

110 Zageir Hall, CPO # 1950
One University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804

Prospective Students: 828.251.6304
Office: 828.251.6420
Fax: 828.251.6999