Financial Questions

Frequently asked questions about financial concerns.

Am I eligible for CARES Act funding?

CARES Act funding grants are awarded directly to students for qualifying expenses such as food, housing, technology, childcare, medical needs and other expenses resulting from the disruption to campus. Students enrolled in summer sessions or for the fall semester may request additional financial assistance to help address the burdens that resulted from changes in their financial circumstances.


  • CARES Act funding grant amounts will vary by student and are unique to each student’s circumstances.
  • To comply with federal requirements, CARES Act funding will be targeted to students who can demonstrate need through the FAFSA.
  • The University will distribute the full amount of CARES Act funding designated for students using guidelines established by the United States Department of Education.


For more information about CARES Act funding, please visit the University’s coronavirus website. For additional information about financial support for COVID-19 pandemic-related hardships, visit the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. The CV-19 Student Care Hub remains a resource for students seeking resources or support connected to COVID-19 impacts.

How do I apply for financial support through the Carolina Impact Fund?

If you are enrolled in either summer session(s) please visit the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid’s website to learn about summer funding and to apply for support. The deadline to submit the Spring 2020 COVID-19 Financial Assistance request form has passed.

I am struggling to pay for groceries, rent, travel or other unexpected expenses due to COVID-19. Are any financial resources available?

If you are enrolled in either summer session(s), you can request financial assistance by visiting the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid’s website. The deadline to submit the Spring 2020 COVID-19 financial assistance request form has passed.

Funds can be used for emergency support for various expenses, such as housing, food, travel and technology to students who are unable to meet the unexpected financial burdens resulting from the effects of the novel coronavirus.

As a graduate student, what funding opportunities are available for summer and fall?

The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid has up-to-date information about summer funding for graduate students. The Graduate School has a website dedicated to funding options and also created a page detailing COVID-19 resources for graduate students.

I am a doctoral student, and my summer paid opportunity has been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. How can I get support?

The Graduate School has outlined COVID-19 resources for graduate students, including the Carolina Graduate Student COVID-19 Impact Program, which supports doctoral students in a residential program administered by the graduate school. Additionally, students enrolled in summer session(s) will be able to request financial assistance with an updated request form, which will be available on May 15, 2020. The deadline to submit the Spring 2020 COVID-19 financial assistance request form has passed.

My family has recently been impacted financially by COVID-19; can I get a reconsideration of my financial aid offer for 2020-2021?

We want to do our best to ensure your future financial aid offer matches your current financial situation. Our process for reviewing future aid for reconsideration due to a sudden or drastic change in finances is called a ‘Needs Analysis Review’. In the event of job loss, we cannot begin the review process until 10-weeks after job loss per regulation. We encourage you to review the student aid website for more information about aid reconsideration. Currently, COVID-19 Emergency Grant funding is for students enrolled in Spring 2020 or Summer 2020.

What will tuition rates be for summer sessions?

All summer courses will be delivered in a remote online format. Summer school courses originally offered on-campus will not be billed as distance learning. They will be billed at specially approved in-state and out-of-state tuition rates. In addition, summer session fees have been reduced. Specialty course and program fees may still apply.

For courses that were designed and offered as distance education prior to the pandemic, rates remain as originally approved. A list of all tuition and fee rates for summer school sessions I and II are posted to the University Cashier website.