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Tuition rates are set by the North Carolina legislature and undergraduate and graduate tuition rates are approved each year as part of the state budget process. Tuition rates do not become official until the annual budget is passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.

Tuition and fees are reviewed through an on-campus process, and approved by the Board of Trustees, and authorized by the Board of Governors. Tuition and fees are assessed based on the student’s classification, which is determined by the academic program in which they are enrolled.

Charges for Attendance (Tuition and Fee Rates)

The billing schedule is based on the University Registrar’s Calendar. The rates provided below are examples only.

Estimated Semester Tuition Rates 2021-2022
Incoming Students Per Credit Hour Tuition Max Rate* Student Fees**
Undergraduate Resident (In-State) $292.46 $3,509.50 $1,008.56
Undergraduate Non-Resident (Out-of-State) $1,453.42 $17,441.00 $1,008.56
Graduate program rates vary depending on academic program – refer to your bill for your rate for your program
Graduate Resident (In-State) $586.23 $5,276.00 $1,010.82
Graduate Non-Resident (Out-of-State) $1,602.45 $14,422.00 $1,010.82
*Undergraduate tuition is capped at 12 credit hours per semester. Graduate tuition is capped at nine credit hours per semester.

**All students are subject to mandatory student fees. Additional fees are assessed depending on your academic program and course registration.

The tuition billing model for Executive Degree Programs is not expected to change.

Beginning Fall 2021, UNC-Chapel Hill will bill student tuition on a per-credit-hour basis as part of a University of North Carolina System-wide initiative, effective for all system schools this fall. The per credit rate provides an equitable model. Students will be charged for the exact credit hours they are enrolled rather than a range of enrolled hours.

Previously, tuition for on campus programs, was assessed using the “stair-step” approach. This means that each semester, tuition was charged flat rates for ranges of credit hours up to the full-time enrollment levels of 12 credit hours for undergraduates and nine credit hours for graduates. Students enrolled in Distance Education programs were previously billed using a per credit hour rate.

Now, effective Fall 2021, tuition will be charged one rate per each credit hour up to the full-time enrollment levels. The per credit hour rate will be the same for both on campus and Distance Education programs, depending on a student’s classification. The tuition billing model for Executive Degree Programs is not expected to change with this adjustment.

  • The following undergraduate and graduate students will be assessed a per credit hour tuition rate if enrolled in less than a full course load:
    • New, incoming students, including transfer students, entering the university in Fall 2021, and
    • Continuing students who are not currently in the NC Fixed Tuition program,
    • Graduate students who are not enrolled in an Executive Degree Program.
  • Tuition will be capped at the per semester, full-time enrollment levels of 12 credit hours for undergraduate students and nine credit hours for graduate students.
  • Tuition will be assessed per credit hour enrolled beginning Fall 2021. Tuition will no longer be assessed using ranges of enrolled hours. The per credit hour tuition rate only includes tuition and does not include fees.
  • Distance Education (DE) Program tuition will be assessed at the same per credit hour tuition rate as on-campus tuition depending on student classification and academic program. This will result in a different per credit hour rate for returning DE students.
  • Tuition will be capped at the per semester, full-time enrollment levels of 12 credit hours for undergraduate students and nine credit hours for graduate students.
  • The full time, on-campus, tuition billing model is not changing.
  • Tuition will be charged up to 12 credit hours of enrollment for undergraduate students and up to nine credit hours of enrollment for graduate students.
  • The fee billing model is not changing.
  • The tuition billing model for Executive Degree Programs is not expected to change.
Why is this change being made?
The University of North Carolina System Board of Governors recommended changes to simplify the tuition and billing structure and address tuition differences for on-campus and distance education students; the intent is to make it easier in future for students to be able to calculate their semester costs. The per credit rate provides an equitable model. Students will be charged for the exact credit hours they are enrolled rather than a range of enrolled hours.
How were the per credit hour tuition rates calculated?
N.C.G.S. 116-143 requires the Board of Governors to set the tuition and fee rates at the constituent institutions of the UNC System, consistent with the actions of the General Assembly. The new, BOG approved, per credit hour rates reflect the prorated tuition based on enrollment in a full load of classes (12 credit hours per semester for undergraduates and nine credit hours per semester for graduate students).
How are Distance Education students impacted?
Distance Education tuition will continue to be charged on a per credit hour rate, however the rates will change in Fall 2021. The per credit hour tuition calculation will be the same for students enrolled in Distance Education programs and for students enrolled in on-campus programs, depending on student classification (graduate/undergraduate; resident/non-resident).

Beginning Fall 2021, semester charges for Distance Education will be capped at full-time enrollment levels of 12 credit hours for undergraduates and nine credit hours for graduate students. Previously, Distance Education tuition was not capped. For example, in Fall 2021, a graduate Distance Education student enrolled in 10 credit hours will only be charged for nine credit hours, due to the cap.

I am a new undergraduate in Fall 2021. How will I be charged tuition?
If you are an incoming first year student or incoming transfer student entering UNC-Chapel Hill in Fall 2021 or after, your tuition will be assessed on a per credit hour basis. If you are enrolled in 12 credit hours or more in a semester, as a new undergraduate student, you will be assessed the semester rate.
I am a continuing student. How will I be charged tuition?
If you are a continuing student in the NC Fixed Tuition program, your tuition will continue to be assessed the same as before (on a stair-step method) during your eight consecutive semesters of enrollment. If you are a continuing student and not part of the NC Fixed Tuition program, your tuition will be assessed on a per credit hour basis.
I am a graduate student. How will I be charged tuition?
If you are a graduate student enrolled in nine credits or more per semester, then you will be assessed the semester rate for your academic program. If you are enrolled in fewer than nine credits, then your tuition will be assessed on a per credit hour basis.

If you are a graduate student enrolled in an Executive Degree Program, then your tuition billing model is not expected to change.