UNCG scholarships

Most require a FAFSA each year.

In general, all institutional scholarships require that students be accepted to or enrolled in a degree or certificate program at UNCG. Students must also meet eligibility requirements as set forth in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Financial Aid Eligibility.

First-Year and transfer scholarships

Fall first-year applicants are automatically considered for a limited number of scholarships when they apply by the priority deadline. Merit-based and need-based awards are available. UNCG offers academically talented students a variety of merit-based scholarships. As a student progresses through enrollment there are also several departmental scholarships they can apply for based on their major. Read on for an overview of these scholarships and how to apply.

The Guarantee Scholars Program is a unique program for high achieving students with limited means. For additional information and to apply, visit guarantee.uncg.edu.


Academically talented incoming first-year students are eligible for this merit-based scholarship which varies in value and duration. Students planning to enroll in the Fall semester would need to apply by January 15th of that academic year. When the Admissions Office receives their application, they will automatically be considered for our Blue & Gold Scholarships.


A select number of students who show academic merit and have financial need are eligible for these scholarships. Much like the Blue & Gold Scholarship, no secondary application is necessary beyond submitting your UNCG Application by January 15th and filing your student’s FAFSA to determine the aid need. Students will be notified by the Admissions Office or the Financial Aid Office no later than the end of January based on eligibility.


This scholarship is available to high-achieving, low-income N.C. residents who plan to enroll in UNCG as full-time students. Students must submit their application to UNCG within eight months of graduating from high school, file their FAFSA, and complete the UNCG Guarantee Eligibility Screening to help us determine if they are an eligible candidate. We offer priority consideration to candidates who apply before December 1st!


Any pell-eligible first-year or community college transfer student with a 3.0 or higher GPA who is planning to major in Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics, or Physics is invited to apply to be a STAMPS Scholar. Eligible students will receive an invitation to apply for the STAMPS 3.0 scholarship program via email with instructions on how to apply.

Continuing student scholarships

Current UNCG students can apply online for scholarships through the Spartan Scholarship System (S3). This portal automatically matches students with scholarships for which they may be eligible.

To get started, visit the S3 site and sign in using UNCG credentials. Some funds require a separate application from the academic department selecting the scholarship recipients. 

The scholarship application for the 2022-2023 academic year is now open! Current UNCG students can login to the Spartan Scholarship System to complete their application ahead of the March 1, 2023 deadline.

Outside Scholarships

May require a FAFSA each year.

There are plenty of options for scholarships and contributions outside of the federal, state, and institutional opportunities awarded by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Students who receive funds or goods (such as a laptop) from an outside entity must notify the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

  • Students should submit scholarship checks and copies of award letters directly to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships as soon as possible after receipt.
  • If the check has been made payable or co-payable to the student, the student should endorse the back of the check before submitting it to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • The student’s full legal name and UNCG ID number should be listed on all correspondence.

How outside funds are processed

Outside scholarship checks sent to UNCG will be processed first by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, then they will be forwarded to the Cashiers Office to be applied towards the student bill. If donors do not provide written instructions to the contrary, scholarship checks will be divided equally between the fall and spring semesters. If donors require a billing statement or invoice, students can use their billing statement from the Student Account Center. 

Potential impact to other financial aid

A student’s total financial aid package (including outside scholarships) cannot exceed their Estimated Cost of Attendance for the academic year. Students who report outside scholarships after their initial financial aid package is released may find that their aid award must be adjusted. In some cases, an outside scholarship may reduce the student loan amount or alter the student loan type (e.g. subsidized versus unsubsidized) that a student is eligible to receive. Students can view their revised financial aid award via UNCGenie.

Students seeking additional scholarship funding should consider reputable sources and never pay a fee to be considered for a scholarship. A few reputable sources that offer scholarship search listings include: 

Air Force and Army ROTC Scholarships (available to undergraduate students participating in ROTC) are considered Outside Scholarships. 

Per federal regulations, financial aid awards are limited by other aid a student receives, which is called Estimated Financial Assistance (EFA). Review information about EFA below:


Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Phone: 336.334.5702
  • Email: Contact Form
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
  • Campus Address: 159 Mossman Building*