University of North Carolina at Asheville
Asheville, NC, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
$12,763
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$8,237
$30k - $48k
$9,061
$48k - $75k
$12,823
$75k - $110k
$16,255
$110k+
$17,900
Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$7,145
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$23,868
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$9,380
Books and Supplies
$1,200
Tuition Payment Plan
Yes
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

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100
78%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
33%
Average Aid Per Year
$8,060
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
33%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,426
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$5,102
Students receiving state aid
38%
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
$2,381
Students receiving federal aid
32%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,426
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
$945,953
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants
$688,058

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
55%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$6,032
Students receiving federal loans
54%
Average Federal Loans Per Year
$5,114
Average Other Loans Per Year
$9,422
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$14,000
Loan Default Rate
7%
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$214

What Students Are Saying

3.60 Average Rating
If you don't live on campus, this school is a ridiculously good value.
(I'm a NC resident and I live on campus so that's like more than half my costs right now.)
But man, can't believe how well-priced this school is.
A
Personally, since tuition is rising I don't think there is that bang for the buck like they advertise, especially for an out of state student.
Katie
unca is a great value. all the meal plans cost the same, which is really convenient. for as nice as the residence halls are, i'm surprised that housing does not cost more. not to mention the quality of classes. the entire learning experience at unca is worth a lot more than the tuition charged for it.
Rachel from Roaring River, NC
I only have to pay $5,500 in loans each year due to the generous scholarships, grants, and overall financial aid they have awarded me.
Lauren from Apex, NC
This school is pretty cheap and that is definitely a perk.
Amanda from Southern Pines, NC
We all know that colleges are a business at heart and it always seems like they need more and more money. Asheville is really no different, but I feel like I'm compensated a little more than what I've seen from other colleges. Students of UNCA get health insurance, a meal plan, cable and internet, free laundry, a free bus pass, and a lot of other perks. They only catch is that you always have to have your student ID on your person. That is the card that proves your existence.
Teagan from Asheville, NC
For in-state tuition, it is well worth the cost because of the staff to student ratio. I highly recommend applying and the financial aid office really works with students to get funding.
Solomon from Asheville, NC
UNCA is frequently voted best school for the money for a reason. The (in-state) tuition is EXTREMELY reasonable, and in general attending UNCA does not feel like a state school at all. The student body is at about 3000 people, which I feel is a great number that makes me feel like I'm at a large-ish private school. The dining options are simply phenomenal, and the botanical gardens are wonderful.
Matthew from Asheville, NC