Monday, July 30, 2012

Why Student Aid Matters

The University recently launched a new website focusing on our commitment to financial aid. Tuition and fees at Carolina are among the lowest in the nation and we're one of only two top public universities that meet 100 percent of the demonstrated need of our undergraduates, so we have a long track record of keeping a UNC education affordable--and accessible to students from every background.

With the recent economic downturn, meeting the need of all students has become more of a challenge. More students need aid, but at the same time, funds are more limited. Discussions are happening around campus, the state, and the nation about how colleges and universities fund student aid, and to what degree tuition money should be used for this purpose. Student Body President Will Leimenstoll has an op-ed in the latest issue of the Daily Tar Heel on this subject.

Despite the challenge of the tough economic times, this University's commitment to excellence and access has not wavered.

We encourage you to read some of the students' stories on the new website. They reflect the heart, intelligence, and wide array of perspectives and backgrounds that make this community of students so great.

 Learn more about why student aid matters.