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The University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, NC 4-Year Public
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UNC Wilmington Tuition Information

In 2022, UNC Wilmington's tuition was $4,443 a year for in-state students and $18,508 a year for out-of-state students.

On average, colleges raise tuition about 3% each year.

Remember, the advertized cost of tuition does not always give you all the info you need to know how much you will actually have to pay for college. Many students owe a lot less than the sticker price after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are applied. And, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay out of pocket feel more doable until you're done with college.

Does UNC Wilmington Offer In-State and Out-of-State Tuition?

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is a public, state institution, which means it offers a reduced tuition rate of $4,443 for in-state students who attend full-time.

Public colleges and universities receive funding from the state government. These institutions offer reduced tuition for those who qualify as North Carolina residents.

Choosing a college where you qualify for in-state tuition can cut the cost of college tuition. Be sure to confirm your state's eligibility criteria for in-state tuition. Every state has its own rules about what makes someone eligible for in-state tuition. In many states, students must have lived in the state for 12 months before starting school to qualify for in-state tuition. There may be other criteria as well, depending on the state you and your parents currently reside in.

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Do International Students Pay More to Go to UNC Wilmington?

UNC Wilmington has the same tuition for international students as for those from out of state.

Students from outside of the U.S. are not eligible for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but may be eligible for private or school-specific grants, scholarships, and other funding opportunities.. International students who demonstrate financial need may be eligible for the following types of financial support at UNC Wilmington:

•Loans from outsideUNC Wilmington •Athletic Awards •UNC Wilmington-specific scholarships

International students without financial need may be eligible for merit-based institutional scholarships and athletic awards.


UNC Wilmington Living Expenses, Fees, and More


Tuition is not the only cost of attending college; there are other costs associated with college, like room and board, facility fees, and books and supplies. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at UNC Wilmington.

Room and Board Costs at UNC Wilmington

Housing and campus dining at UNC Wilmington is $11,346 a year. This covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, plus a dining plan that allows you to eat in the UNC Wilmington's on-campus cafeterias and dining halls. Students who do not live on-campus but would like to be able to eat in the campus dining can pay for a meal plan. The cost of a mean plan, or board-only, is $6,926.

Meal-plan costs vary based on on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

Cost of Books at UNC Wilmington

First-year students are sometimes surprised by how much books and supplies cost–and not in a good way. The actual cost of books and supplies depends on the courses you take and the materials required. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy used textbooks and materials.

Annual Fees

The majority of colleges also have fees to help cover the cost of facilties, like the computer labs and libraries, athletic facilities, and more.

There may be optional fees associated with participating in special activities, like joining a fraternity or sorority, or participating in sports or other extracurriculars. Many schools have resources for students with financial need to find ways to lower or eliminate these costs.

Transportation costs

The cost of transportation in college can really vary. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school? Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? Is the campus easy to get around on foot? Do you own a car, or are you planning to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these factors can make a big difference in your transportation budget. Keeping in mind, first-year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

A school's location can impact your transportation budget. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the flip side, getting around in an urban area is sometimes costly, but there may be more trains, busses and low-cost flight options to actually get to school. The The University of North Carolina Wilmington campus is in a urban setting in North Carolina.

Other Costs

When budgeting for college, don’t forget to consider personal expenses, like entertainment, clothes, furnishings and toiletries.


Total Tuition and Expenses at UNC Wilmington


Now, let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, to get a better idea of how much students can expect to shell out for UNC Wilmington.

How Much Does UNC Wilmington Cost?

What will the cost of attending UNC Wilmington be? Here is a breakdown of tuition and expenses.

2022 Total Tuition and Expenses
In-state Tuition $4,443
Out-of-State Tuition $18,508
Room and Board $11,346
Board Only $4,420
Other expenses $4,331

The total estimated cost will vary depending on whether you are going to live on-campus or off-campus.

Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

UNC Wilmington’s tuition and fees change based on: •Campus location for full-time and part-time students •Academic program for both full and part-time students •Course load for both full and part-time students


The University of North Carolina Wilmington Financial Aid


In 2022, 6,196 of the 14,488 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. UNC Wilmington meets 48% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $8,496 a year. Around 37% of UNC Wilmington undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. UNC Wilmington graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $34,696 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $29,626
State Loans $7,552
Private Loans $30,069
Most Common Loans for UNC Wilmington Students
Federal Loans 35%
State loans 1%
Private loans 4%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on UNC Wilmington financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at UNC Wilmington

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2022, UNC Wilmington awarded 5,092 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $43 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $5.65 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington Net Cost

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for UNC Wilmington students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at UNC Wilmington was $8,496 in 2022. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of UNC Wilmington seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
In-State, On-Campus $7,053
Net In-state, Off-campus $8,623
Out-of-State, On-Campus $29,614

What will attending UNC Wilmington really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families make more informed decisions about the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the UNC Wilmington's net cost calculator on their website.

UNC Wilmington Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

Students cannot pay tuition in installments. Contact the financial aid office to verify this and discuss options.

Does The University of North Carolina Wilmington Offer Tuition Waivers?

Schools sometimes waiver tuition for certain groups, to offset the cost of attending. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even if you qualify for a waiver, other expenses and fees are the responsibility of the student.

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.


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UNC Wilmington Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$19,714

In State

$33,779

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$4,443
$18,508
Fees
$2,795
$2,795
Housing
$11,346
$11,346
Books
$1,130
$1,130

UNC Wilmington Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

43%

Average Financial Aid Package

$9,314

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

18,030

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

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Tuition and Fees

In State

$7,238

Out-of-State

$21,303

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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