Determining Fees

Oversight of tuition and student fee recommendations rests with the Tuition and Fee Advisory Taskforce (TFAT), which is co-chaired by the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the Student Body President. Due to the intricacies of student fees, the Student Fee Advisory Subcommittee (SFAS), a subcommittee of the TFAT, manages the student fee submission and review process. The members of the SFAS review the fee requests as a basis for their recommendations to the TFAT. The final decision on fee proposals to the University’s Board of Trustees remains with the Chancellor. Once Board of Trustee approval is received, the fee requests are then forwarded to the UNC System Board of Governors for consideration, except for Miscellaneous Charges, which only require the approval of the Chancellor and the President.

Fee Rates and Descriptions

The Student Fee Rates document provides detailed information about to which student fees are charged. Included in this document are both summary and detailed lists of fees that all students pay as well as a detailed list of fees that only certain students pay.

A list of Fee Descriptions is available below to explain the abbreviated fees as they appear on a student’s bill. Details include the programs and services supported by each total fee.

Fee Annual Rate Description
Athletic $279.00 Funds intercollegiate athletics, including salaries and maintenance and operation of athletic facilities.
*Educational Technology-XX $444.86 Funds specialized instructional supplies and services for scientific and information technology equipment.
Student Health $370.00 Funds medical services for students, including the salaries, maintenance and operation of student health centers.
*Campus Security $30.00 Mandated by UNC General Administration to fund Campus Security Initiatives
Student Activity Fees: Funds nonacademic student services listed below:
Student Organizations $39.00 Supports the growth of student organizations, and the mission of each unique group.
Student Endow Library Fund $5.00 Initiated and approved in 1993 by Student Congress to support library services.
Student Legal Services $15.76 Established in 1976 by Student Congress to fund a pre-paid plan of legal services for students.
Sonja Stone Scholarship $1.00 Unrestricted scholarship fund approved in 1990 by student referendum, named in Sept. 1991 in memory of Dr. Sonja H. Stone.
Safety and Security $2.27 Supports the Safety & Security Committee, by which students support campus safety initiatives
Campus Recreation $117.12 Supports staffing, supplies, & equipment for student recreation programs including Intramurals, Sport Clubs, Carolina Fitness.
Carolina Union Operating $149.25 Supports the operations of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union.
Student Child Care Services $14.10 Approved 2002 by student referendum to support child care services to be used for the University Child Care Financial Assistance Program
Renewable Energy $8.00 Established by student referendum to encourage the use of sustainable (green) energy alternatives.
Carolina Performing Arts $11.97 Supports reduced student ticket prices, student work force and use of venues for student productions.
Undergraduate Teaching Award $1.50 Supports a student funded and selected award to recognize excellence in undergraduate instruction.
A.P.P.L.E.S. Program $10.48 Funds Student-led program to engage students, faculty, and community agencies in service-learning partnerships.
Debt Fees: Funds the principal and interest for capital projects, listed below:
Ramshead Recreation Center Debt $35.00 Provides funds to repay bond indebtedness incurred for construction of the Ramshead Recreation Center.
Union & IM Fields Debt $58.75 Provides funds to repay bond indebtedness incurred for the Student Union expansion and basement renovation plus improvements
Student Dining Debt $92.10 Provides funds to repay bond indebtedness incurred for multiple campus student dining facilities.
Subtotal $1,685.16  Board of Governor Approved Fees
*SPEC Admin Computing $50.00 Supports the maintenance and development of the student information system
*SPEC Assoc of Student Governments $1.00 Supports the system wide Association of Student Governments.
*MISC Registration $13.00 Supports the maintenance of registration processes
MISC Student Transit/SafeRide $189.72 Supports enhancing access to campus and surrounding areas.
MISC Student Transit/SafeRide $3.92 Part of the Student Transit Fee, supporting the Safe Ride Program
MISC Student ID $10.30 Supports the cost of production and support of the UNC One Card
Subtotal $267.94  Special & Miscellaneous Fees
 TOTAL $1,953.10  Mandatory Student Fees (Undergraduate)
Senior Class Enrichment $2.00 Funds enrichment and publicity for student class events.

Program/School Specific Fees

Pharmacy $7.50 PharmD student activity fund, managed by the UNC School of Pharmacy Senate
School of Nursing $11.32 Clinical Compliance Fee
Law School $1,382.50 Funds a variety of activities and programs specific to the School of Law.
Medical School $9.00 Funds the Whitehead Medical Society, a student governing body
Dental School varies Funds a variety of activities and materials specific to the Dental School.
MBA/MAC $1,150.00 Funds a variety of activities and programs specific to MBA/MAC programs

*NOTE: The fees in yellow are assessed to all students, regardless of classification.

Fees and Tax Reporting

For a list of fees excluded from Form 1098-T reporting, see the Student Tax Reporting page.

Student Fee Waiver Policy