Tuition & Financial Aid

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Tuition & Fees

For MPA@UNC students enrolled in the program in academic year 2014-2015 (July 2014 – June 2015), MPA@UNC tuition will be $1,174.00 per credit hour. MPA@UNC is a 45 credit hour program. Students who start the program in academic year 14-15 can expect to pay at least $52,800 for the entire program. Students can also expect two $200 administrative fees for the two 1.5 credit courses. Tuition excludes fees, books, and other required course materials. Tuition is charged on a per-credit-hour basis, and charges can vary from term to term depending on a student's course enrollment. Admitted applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $250 enrollment deposit to reserve a space in the class to which they are admitted. If the admitted applicant enrolls in the program, the non-refundable enrollment deposit is credited to the first term's tuition.

Financial Aid

Funding options available to MPA@UNC students include loans, fellowships, and education benefits for military veterans.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans provide up to $20,500 per academic year to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are not currently in default on a federal education loan or involved in filing bankruptcy to discharge a Title IV loan.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans cover costs exceeding Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan limits for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who do not have an adverse credit history. Students should exhaust their Federal Direct Loan eligibility prior to pursuing a Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.

Private Education Loans may be available to students who meet their chosen lending institution's credit-based eligibility requirements. (NOTE: MPA@UNC does not maintain a preferred lenders list.)

Fellowships are available for those whose MPA@UNC applications demonstrate outstanding potential in public service. Eligible applicants to MPA@UNC are automatically considered as part of the application process; however, only a limited number of these partial-tuition fellowships are awarded. Approximately 60% of students get some sort of assistance through the North Carolina Public Service Fellowship, North Carolina Public Leaders Fellowship, MPA@UNC Fellowship, or Partner Organizations Fellowships. Find more information on MPA@UNC fellowships.

Military Education Benefits may be applied to MPA@UNC as an approved educational program for active duty personnel and veterans. Find more information about these benefits.


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Evaluating Your Funding Options

MPA@UNC encourages students to exhaust all federal funding options before applying for private education loans and to evaluate all loan terms and conditions carefully. For the latest rates, terms, and conditions for federal student loans, please visit the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website.

Applying for Financial Aid

To apply for Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, please complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), providing UNC's federal school code: 002974.

For military education benefits, please apply online through the Department of Veteran Affairs.

For MPA@UNC fellowships, no additional application is required. North Carolina residents are automatically considered upon submission of their admissions application.

Installment Payment Plans

UNC offers installment payment plans for the fall and spring semesters for tuition and other select fees. For more information, visit Student Account Services.

Tuition/Fee Waivers and Sponsored Billing

For information about tuition, fee waivers, and sponsored billing, please see the appropriate sections of Student Billing-Related Policies.

Loan Forgiveness

If you work in a full-time public service position after graduation, you may be eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Under this program, qualified borrowers are forgiven the remainder of their loan balance after they have made 120 payments. Learn more about Public Service Loan Forgiveness.


View answers to frequently asked questions about financial aid, or contact an admissions counselor at 855.862.4672 (855.UNC.4MPA) or via e-mail at

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