Tuition Grant Program

Tuition Grant Program

The Tuition Grant Program provides that in-state* UNCSA high school graduates receive a grant equal to the cost of tuition only (no fees included) for undergraduate attendance at UNCSA or one of the other 15 campuses of the University of North Carolina System.  

Each recipient must enroll as a full-time undergraduate student at one of the qualifying institutions. The grant is renewable for three additional academic years (a total of eight semesters) provided the recipient is enrolled full-time and maintains satisfactory academic progress as defined by the institution for financial aid eligibility purposes. 

*To receive in-state tuition and qualify for the Tuition Grant, students must be verified by the North Carolina Residency Determination Service. 

Program Q&A

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  • You must graduate from high school at UNCSA the spring immediately preceding your college enrollment.
  • You must meet the requirements for North Carolina in-state tuition (To receive in-state tuition and qualify for the Tuition Grant, students must be verified by the North Carolina Residency Determination Service.
  • You must enroll full-time (minimum 12 credit hours) as an undergraduate student at one of the UNC System institutions, starting with the academic year immediately following your high school graduation.
  • You must be continuously enrolled. The grant is provided for a total of four academic years. There is potential for appeal based on extenuating circumstances related to non-continuous enrollment.
  • You must meet the UNC System Institutions’ Academic Progress Standards
  • You must apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at, and list at least one UNC System institution.

The current governing law for the Tuition Grant Program anticipates that Class of 2027 high school graduates will have the opportunity to receive eight consecutive semesters (Fall/Spring) of program funding.  

The number of years you attend UNCSA is not a factor as long as you graduate from the UNCSA high school program. 

No. Graduates must begin attendance at a participating university and receive Tuition Grant funding during the academic year immediately following their high school graduation. 

No. You must follow the standard application process for the school(s) you wish to attend, including UNCSA.

The Tuition Grant Program does not have an established minimum requirement GPA. However, a student must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements of their institution to maintain matriculation and financial aid eligibility as a standard.   

Graduates must complete and submit an electronic intake form (application) when it becomes available for their class year for the first year of consideration and awarding. Once available, the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority will provide the appropriate link to UNCSA for each graduating class for distribution to the appropriate population.

This is expected to happen during March of each year. The form will be linked on this webpage, in addition to being communicated directly to students and parents via e-mail.

The Office of Financial Aid at your institution will be notified of your application submission. They will then confirm your eligibility to receive the Tuition Grant by provding information to the North Carolina Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA).  NCSEAA will schedule the release of program funding to the school on your behalf (if you have any questions about the timing of your funding, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at your university.) 

The Tuition Grant, combined with any other scholarships and grants or other financial aid, cannot exceed the total Cost of Attendance. The grant can be reduced or eliminated if a student receives scholarship or grant assistance from other sources, that in combination with the Tuition Grant, exceed the cost of attendance.

Participating universities