Financial Aid & 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. 

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

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.
For more information or to apply go to http://www.cfnc.org/FELS

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

ACES: A Scholarship Program for Atmospheric and Computer Science Exploratory Scholars

The Atmospheric and Computer Science Exploratory Scholars (ACES) scholarship program at UNC Asheville, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, will provide scholarship and academic support for 34 undergraduate students majoring in the Atmospheric and Computer Sciences (A&CS) while enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. ACES will add to the knowledge of the effectiveness of community-based A&CS undergraduate learning experiences by building cohorts for A&CS students to establish support groups designed to encourage early academic success; monitoring student progress through a student management team; offering help to struggling students by providing peer tutors to assist in low- and mid-level A&CS science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses; enlisting peer and faculty mentors to help resolve issues inside and outside the classroom; and providing opportunities for students to engage in activities in three discipline areas (research, teaching, and operations) to expand the types of A&CS STEM career options under consideration by undergraduates. The ACES scholarship program will provide support for 92 academic year scholarships over five funding years (2015–2016 through the 2019–2020 academic year), combined with funding from UNC Asheville for 24 additional academic year scholarships for the two years following the funding term (2020–2021 through 2021–2022). As a result, this program will provide financial assistance to 34 atmospheric sciences (ATMS) or computer science (CSCI) majors through graduation. If interested in learning more about this program, please visit the ACES webpage or direct questions to Dr. Douglas Miller (Atmospheric Sciences) at dmiller@unca.edu or Dr. Marietta Cameron (Computer Science) at mcameron@unca.edu.

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

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.