Financing your education

You may fund your education through a combination of sources, including fellowships, research and teaching assistantships, awards and federal student loans.

Funding Opportunities

International Students: Unless you have written confirmation from the School or University, you will not receive funding and should plan on financing your study in the U.S. as you have indicated on your Graduate Student Financial Certificate Form through the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.


Financial Aid

Financial Aid TimelineStudents receive financial support through service and non-service scholarships, teaching and research assistantships, and other compensated positions. Students also may receive support through federal student loans.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

  • Step 1: Complete the paperwork.

To qualify for most funding sources, all students (including online learners) must apply for financial aid through 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 the submission of a FAFSA form.

  • 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: Departments submit funding award nominations.

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 and the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

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