As a benefit to North Carolina students, the University of North Carolina System is implementing the Fixed Tuition Program as defined by North Carolina General Statute § 116-143.9. Beginning with the fall 2016 semester, tuition rates at UNC Asheville will be fixed for eight consecutive semesters for all resident (in-state) bachelor’s degree-seeking freshmen. Tuition rates for other currently enrolled resident undergraduates and eligible transfer students will be fixed for an appropriate number of consecutive semesters.
Continuous Enrollment is defined as a student being consecutively enrolled at UNC Asheville for the fall and spring semesters in courses creditable toward a baccalaureate degree. Students are not required to be enrolled during the summer term(s) to maintain continuous enrollment. A break in enrollment occurs when a student is not enrolled during two consecutive semesters at UNC Asheville.
The statute includes flexibility regarding the semester limit for five-year programs and students who demonstrate a substantial disruption in their pursuit of a degree. At this time, UNC Asheville does not have any five-year baccalaureate programs.
Independent of the Fixed Tuition Program, students who take more than 140 degree credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree in a four-year program (or more than 110 percent of the credit hours necessary for a four- or five-year program) will be subject to a 50-percent tuition surcharge for credit hours in excess of 140 as required by statute.
Students who have an interruption in continuous enrollment may petition for a waiver to retain initial fixed tuition under the following conditions: (1) military service obligation, (2) serious medical debilitation, (3) short- or long-term disability or (4) other extraordinary hardship. Tuition Surcharge & Fixed Tuition Waiver Request
Eligibility and Duration of the Fixed Tuition Rate
Students eligible for the Fixed Tuition Program must be:
- NC residents or in-state students
- Seeking their first undergraduate degree
- Accepted with less than 120 accepted transfer credits (excluding early college or AP, IB, CLEP credits earned in high school)
- Consecutively enrolled in the fall/spring semesters
In order to be eligible for the fixed tuition rate at UNC Asheville, you must remain continuously enrolled during the entire tuition period (maximum of 8 semesters), excluding summer, in courses creditable toward a bachelor’s degree.
Duration of the Fixed Tuition Rate
Eligible students seeking a 4-year bachelor’s degree program will be able to receive the same tuition rate for 8 consecutive academic semesters, not including summer sessions.
The fixed tuition eligibility period begins for first-time or transfer students upon enrolling at UNC Asheville for the fall or spring semester as an in-state degree-seeking undergraduate student. The fixed tuition eligibility period began for continuing UNC Asheville students with the Fall 2016 semester.
- If you are a new student, you would receive the fixed tuition rate for 8 consecutive semesters.
- If you are a new transfer student, you would receive the fixed tuition rate for 8 consecutive semesters less the number of equivalent transfer semesters.
If you are a continuing UNC Asheville student, you would receive the fixed tuition rate for 8 consecutive semesters:
- Less the number of semesters you have attended previously and
- Less the number of equivalent transfer semesters.
- (One equivalent transfer semester is defined as 0-15 hours of accepted transfer credit post high school.)
Any program authorized by the Board of Governors to require 135 semester credit hours or more is officially designated as a five-year baccalaureate program. First-time students seeking a baccalaureate degree in five-year programs will be eligible for 10 consecutive academic semesters, not including summer sessions. At this time, UNC Asheville does not have any five-year baccalaureate programs.
Tuition Rates for 2017-18 and 2016-17
|Tuition Cost for Undergraduate Resident (In-State) Students|
|Credit Hours per Semester||2017-18 Rates||2016-17 Rates|
|12+ (full time)||$2,061.00||$2,020.50|
|9 - 11||$1,545.75||$1,515.38|
|6 - 8||$1,030.50||$1,010.25|
|1 - 5||$515.25||$505.13|
The rates above only reflect the cost of tuition, they do not include required fees. For the full cost, please see the tuition and fee information listed on studentaccounts.unca.edu.
Students Not Eligible for Fixed Tuition
The following categories of students are not eligible for the Fixed Tuition Program and will be billed based on the current year’s tuition rate.
- Non-resident or out-of-state students (students from outside of North Carolina)
- Graduate students
- Continuing education students
- Students currently enrolled in a cooperative innovative high school/early college
- Consortium students
- Dual enrolled students
- Second degree-seeking students
- Non-degree seeking students
- UNC online students
The fixed tuition eligibility period for transfer students begins when you enroll at UNC Asheville for the fall or spring semester as an in-state degree-seeking undergraduate student.
- You will receive fixed tuition for a prorated time period, based on credits accumulated at the transferring institution(s).
- In general, every 15 hours transferred in to UNC Asheville accounts for one equivalent transfer semester or semester of fixed tuition eligibility.
- AP, IB, and CLEP credits earned in high school do not count against eligibility duration.
Break In Continuous Enrollment
If you are not enrolled during two consecutive semesters at UNC Asheville, this is considered a “break in continuous enrollment”.
- Students are not required to be enrolled during the summer term(s) to maintain continuous enrollment.
Students who have a break in enrollment may petition for a waiver to retain initial fixed tuition under the following conditions:
- Military service obligation
- Serious medical debilitation
- Short- or long-term disability
- If you transfer between UNC institutions but maintain continuous enrollment, you are subject to the transfer student policy, and you will pay the current rate at the institution into which you are transferring.
Out-of-State Students with Residency Reclassification
If you are an out-of-state student, and you are reclassified as a resident for tuition purposes, you will receive the fixed tuition benefit starting the term in which the residency reclassification took effect.
This does not apply to students who are billed the in-state tuition rate due to a military tuition benefit such as Active Duty Military or Veterans Choice Act unless they qualify as residents for tuition purposes under 6.S. 116-143.1. Please see the NC Residency website for additional information.
If you are reclassified as a resident for tuition purposes, you will have the balance of your fixed tuition time period prorated based on the number of semesters attended previously at UNC Asheville and the number of equivalent transfer semesters. (One equivalent transfer semester is defined as 0-15 hours of accepted transfer credit post high school.)
Study Abroad Students
Any semesters spent in a study abroad program while continuously enrolled will count toward the remaining fixed tuition period, just as if you were enrolled at UNC Asheville.
If you completely withdraw from UNC Asheville by dropping all courses during the first week of the semester, the semester will not be counted in the designated fixed-tuition time period. This will be considered a 'break in continuous enrollment'. If you return to UNC Asheville after that semester and are still eligible for fixed tuition, then you will be billed based on the current year’s tuition rate and will receive the new tuition rate for your remaining fixed tuition terms.
If you completely withdraw from UNC Asheville after the first week of classes, the semester will be counted in the designated fixed-tuition time period and you will have one less term eligible for the fixed tuition rate.
If you subsequently re-enroll, you may submit a waiver to
- Prevent the semester during which you withdrew from counting against your fixed tuition time period.
- Retain your initial fixed tuition rate.