Costs and Funding

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health: A premier education at an affordable price

Funding academic pursuits can be challenging. At Gillings, our faculty and staff are committed to putting a world class education within reach. Find out what you need to know about tuition and fees, overall costs of a Gillings education, and how to apply for financial aid.

Have questions? Contact us. The student services staff member who supports your program of interest can answer your financial aid questions.

Best value

Carolina is named “the best value in American public higher education”… for 13 years in a row! (Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2013)

Higher education experts describe UNC-Chapel Hill as one of the “public Ivies” because we deliver the kind of learning experience offered at private, elite, Ivy League institutions.


Tuition at Carolina is lower than at any of our competitor schools… as it has been for decades!

UNC-Chapel Hill opened its doors in 1795 as the first public university in the nation. Keeping education affordable is part of our charter. We have a ferocious commitment to providing all students with an affordable education.

Committed to you

If you are admitted to Gillings, we work with you to make it possible for you to enroll and succeed.

And with tuition and fees among the lowest in the nation, plus many scholarships and paid work opportunities on campus, we offer a variety of ways to set you on the path of future success.

Tuition and Fees: Visit the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid for estimates of costs for attendance, including estimates for tuition and fees, plus important financial dates and a guide to student billing.

For details on costs and fees for the 2013-14 academic year, consult the UNC Finance Office’s 2013-2014 Tuition and Fees table (pages 8-10).

Note: Tuition rates are determined by the NC State Legislature and may not be finalized until late summer each year.

Questions: Contact the student services staff member who supports your program.

Gillings Merit Awardees, 2013

Financial Aid Timeline, 11-0 1-13

Financial aid packages:

At UNC Gillings, about 60% of students receive substantial financial aid packages (an average of $10,00 per student per year) through non-service scholarships, tuition support, teaching and research assistantships, and other compensated positions. Students may also receive support through federal student loans.

Scholarships can come from the University, The Graduate School, the School of Public Health, individual departments, or external funders.

How to apply for financial aid:

Step 1: Complete the paperwork.

To qualify for most funding sources, all students (including distance education students) must apply for financial aid via UNC’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid (OSSA). Apply for financial aid regardless of need to ensure that you are eligible for as many opportunities as possible. All aid distributed through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid (even merit-related awards) requires you to submit a FAFSA form.

Apply on time! be considered for as many opportunities as possible. (Start early; it may take longer than you think!)
Charletta Sims-Evans
Assistant Dean of Students

Step 2: Check with the student services staff member who supports your program.

You may need to complete additional financial forms for department-sponsored scholarships and assistance.

Step 3: Considering a graduate program at Gillings?

Your home department will select a number of applicants (based on merit or a combination of merit and need) for funding from the UNC Graduate School. Visit their site for more information about being a grad student at Carolina. Have you found their Funding Basics page? If not, take a look!

Step 4: Interested in funding that supports diversity?

The UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid can provide details.

I’ve been admitted to a UNC Gillings program, but I don’t know whether I’ll receive funding. Can you help? About 20% of admits to our graduate programs receive scholarships or other types of support at the same time they are admitted by the UNC Graduate School. More often, a funding package comes together over time, through the spring and summer before enrollment.  About 60% of UNC Gillings students receive some student aid (excluding loans), averaging about $10,000 each per year, per student.

But what if I don’t receive funding in summer or fall? For applicants who are undecided about whether to come to UNC Gillings without assurance of funding, we encourage you to do the math! Our tuition and fees (and the general cost-of-living in Chapel Hill) are so affordable that, even without tuition assistance, we are often still the most competitive value.

Your initiative is key.  Once applicants receive admission to a UNC Gillings program, they become eligible to pursue many kinds of research, teaching and practice opportunities. Your academic advisor and the student services staff member who supports your program can help identify opportunities for you.

You can then do your part by preparing an excellent resume, following up on leads, and practicing for interviews. Want some guidance on putting your best foot forward? Enrolled students are welcome to contact our career services office.




Scholarships and Fellowships

“Gift money” awarded on the bases of merit and financial need. Scholarships may come from the University, the Graduate School, the School of Public Health, individual departments, or external funders. Students are typically nominated for these honors by their departments.



Funds granted by the School, University, or external agencies to support research or training endeavors and based on merit and/or need.



Employment can be sought through a variety of mechanisms including fellowship, on-campus, community service, and off-campus positions.


Careerolina: UNC’s Career Services Job Database

(Incoming students will be given access in September.)



Money borrowed from the University, federal loan programs, or other lenders.


Other Support



Gillings faculty (and faculty across UNC) collaborate with our students on research projects. Some opportunities are paid and some are expected as part of research training. Most opportunities are department-specific. To learn about them, ask your faculty advisor and student services manager. Other potential sources of research opportunities:



Interested in teaching? Many public health students work with Gillings faculty (and in other UNC departments) on the delivery of academic courses. Some opportunities are paid; others are expected as part of academic training. Most are department-specific. Ask your faculty advisor and student services manager to find out more.


Ask your faculty advisor and student services manager to find out more.

Careerolina may also post opportunities for teaching or curriculum development.