UNC Greensboro student tuition and fees are billed each semester and based on a number of factors including:
Level: Undergraduate, Graduate, or Other
Program Campus Type: Main Campus or Online/Distance
Residency: North Carolina resident or non-resident
Credit hours: Number of hours taken
Academic Program: Additional tuition differentials and fees apply to certain programs and courses
Full-time, in-state undergraduate students living on campus can expect to pay at least $1,000 less than the average cost of attendance at other North Carolina public universities. Out-of-state and graduate tuition costs are also well below national averages. Below are UNCG’s tuition and fees at a glance, with detailed breakdowns available for each student type.
Tuition rates are reviewed by the UNCG’s Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System and set annually by the North Carolina legislature. Fees are reviewed and approved by the University’s Board of Trustees with final approval pending the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System review.
Staff and Faculty Senate representatives, senior executives at the University, and perhaps most importantly, a diverse group of student leaders who represent different student populations (Student Government, undergraduates and graduates, residential and commuter), weigh in on fees each year.
The semester in which you are enrolled affects what you will pay.
Charges are based on the program campus (whether your degree is an on-campus program or an online program).
Main campus programs are assessed main campus tuition and fees for all courses, even if they are delivered in an online format, and tuition and fee charges are capped at 12 hours per semester even if a student is enrolled in more courses. Students enrolled only in Online Degree Programs are assessed online tuition and fee rates.
Charges are based on course location and delivery method (whether you’re taking an online class or coming to campus in person), regardless of your degree program.
Online courses are assessed at the online rate.
Main campus courses are assessed at the main campus rate. Tuition and fees are not capped based on credit hours during the summer term.
In-state vs out-of-state tuition
Students must apply for official residency determination through www.NCresidency.org in order to receive in-state tuition and State financial aid consideration. A North Carolina resident for tuition purposes (and for State financial aid consideration) is a person, or a dependent person (dependent according to IRS tax code – not the FAFSA definition of dependency), whose parent or legal guardian has established and maintained legal residence in North Carolina for at least 12 months.
Under North Carolina law, to qualify for in-state residency, students and/or parents must show that they:
Have established legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina, and
Have maintained that domicile for at least twelve (12) consecutive months before the beginning of the term, and
Have a residentiary presence in the state, and
Intend to make North Carolina their permanent home indefinitely (rather than being in North Carolina solely to attend college)
Those who aren’t eligible for classification as a North Carolina “resident for tuition purposes” will be charged out-of-state tuition and not be given consideration for State financial aid. Students can get more information about residency and complete a determination at www.NCresidency.org.
Note: Current students who begin as out-of-state students and get their residency reclassified to in-state should send an update with their name, student ID#, and RCN (official verification number from the NC Residency site) to firstname.lastname@example.org (for undergrads) or email@example.com (for graduate students).
OUTSIDE NC NON-RESIDENT TUITION RATE
Online programs offer students an additional value when students receive instruction outside the state of North Carolina. Students who are enrolled in an online program and live outside North Carolina receive a special tuition rate termed ‘outside NC’ (ONNC).
Students eligible for the Outside NC special tuition rate are assessed tuition that is 200% of the in-state tuition rate.
Are admitted to and enrolled in online course(s) in an approved online program.
Reside outside of the state of North Carolina.
Following an official Residency Determination Service (RDS) designation, an attribute (ONNC) is added to the student at the time of admission by the Office of Admissions for undergraduates and by the Graduate School for graduate students. This attribute will result in tuition being assessed at the Outside NC tuition rate.
If the student changes either their RDS classification or RDS address after admission to the program, the University Registrar’s Office (URO) will add the attribute to the student’s record if applicable. The URO will query RDS for address changes three times a semester:
1. The day before initial billing
2. The day before final billing and
3. The final day of schedule adjustment
UNCG will not review RDS designations or addresses beyond the final day of schedule adjustment for a given term.
How tuition and fees are used
Tuition is used to support a variety of functions at UNCG, including classroom instruction, student services, maintenance of facilities and infrastructure, need-based aid, and institutional support. Tuition is also supplemented by appropriations from the North Carolina General Assembly. We provide a detailed breakdown of tuition usage annually.
Required student fees support programs, services, and facilities on campus and online for which state funds are not available and/or cannot be used. Fees are necessary to serve our students while they are here, and they help us protect, maintain, and operate our campus even when they are not.
Students enrolled in main campus programs can expect these required fees. Depending on student type and major, additional fees may apply. View the current tuition and fees for a full list of all potential charges.
Supports UNCG’s participation in the UNC Association of Student Governments, which is a student-led organization committed to furthering educational opportunities and advocating for all students within the University of North Carolina system.
The UNC ASG has discretion to use their funds to support students in the System.
Supports UNCG’s Division I intercollegiate athletics program of 17 men’s and women’s sports, which are essential not only to the on-campus experience, but to engagement with our community, driving visibility and positive perception of the University nationally, engaging with alumni and donors who support all aspects of UNCG, and providing an important economic and cultural asset to our region.
Supports UNCG spirit groups — cheer, dance, and band.
Includes the maintenance of athletic facilities including shared spaces with Campus Recreation & Academics (such as our tennis courts and lighted field).
Enables free admission for students to all regular season home athletics events including men’s basketball at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Funds scholarships for student-athletes as well as joint creation and funding of internships in partnership with academic programs (Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Media Studies).
Helps cover athletics operational costs, including but not limited to: coaches, team travel, recruiting activities, game operations, payment to officials for games, equipment and uniforms, strength, conditioning and athletic training, live streaming of events.
The fee covers 85% of the athletics budget. The remainder is from NCAA distributions, multi-media rights, trademark licensing and fundraising.
Supports Campus Activities & Programs (Including student organizations and the Campus Activities Board), Campus Recreation, Elliott University Center, Equipment Replacement, Facilities Maintenance (for non-academic and non-administrative facilities), Spartan Card Center, Leadership & Civic Engagement, Intercultural Engagement, the Student Government Association and Media Board.
Pays for debt incurred on capital projects which cannot be built using state funds. For example: UNCG’s soccer and baseball stadiums, the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, the Elliott University Center renovation, and the Anna M. Gove Student Health Center expansion/renovation.
This fee does not pay for parking facilities and residence halls, which are funded by users of those facilities.
Supports course materials and supplies like lab equipment.
Provides partial support of information technology (like wired and wireless networks) for student class and out-of-class use.
Covers UNCG students’ portion of the HEAT (Higher Education Area Transit). HEAT is the City of Greensboro’s university and college-based public transportation system. Students may ride any HEAT or GTA (Greensboro Transit Authority) local bus fare-free with their UNCG ID card.
Supports the Spartan Chariot campus transportation shuttle system (Weekday Loop, Spartan Village Express, and the Evening Safety Shuttle) which operates during the fall and spring semesters. The shuttle serves to provide the campus with efficient and safe campus transportation, reduce vehicular congestion and decrease the demand for proximity parking.
Supports campus safety initiatives, including the SpartanSafe app and the Student Ranger and Safe Walk programs.
Helps support substance abuse counseling services.
This fee is mandated by UNC General Administration to fund campus security initiatives.
Supports health, counseling, and wellness services at the Anna M. Gove Student Health Center. Services include: primary medical care, women’s health, blood pressure checks, immunizations, allergy injections, flu shots, laboratory and digital x-ray, psychiatric care, pharmacy services, nurse clinic, sports medicine, counseling services, and wellness/health education programs.
The Counseling Center also provides a 24-hour/7-days per week line for any students who are in crisis or know someone experiencing one.
One-time fee for all first-year and transfer students.
Covers all SOAR student program costs, student staff wages, UNCG t-shirts and other promotional items, printed and multimedia materials.
Supports other first-year services such as NAV1GATE new student convocation, Rawkin’ Welcome Weeks, SPEARS, Your First Year, First Finals Fest, Second Year Launch, as well as first year and transfer student honoraries Alpha Lambda Delta and Tau Sigma.
Online students pay a different set of mandatory fees charged per credit hour. These are:
Education & Technology Fee
Registration Fee (flat per semester)
Online Service Center Fee, which supports online students’ access to student coaching, mentoring and advising, help desk services (including hardware and software necessary for the provision of services), compliance services (including accessibility support for closed caption and web development), and referral services.
Fixed Tuition Program
UNCG participates in the Fixed Tuition Program, where all UNC System institutions fix tuition for up to eight consecutive semesters (excluding summer sessions) for North Carolina residents who meet certain requirements. More information about eligibility and other details is available on the Fixed Tuition Program page.