Financial Aid Checklist

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

UNC Asheville's Federal School Code is 002907.

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to start the process. The FAFSA is available every October 1st for the next academic year. UNC Asheville’s Priority Deadline is March 1st. UNC Asheville's Federal School Code is 002907.
  • The student and parent must each obtain a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). The FSA ID serves as your electronic signature. Please make sure both you and your parent (if your parent’s signature is required) sign the FAFSA or it will be rejected. Please be sure to keep all IDs in a safe location in order to access them each year.

Complete Outstanding Financial Aid Requirements

If additional documents are required, you will be notified via your UNC Asheville email. All incomplete requirements can be viewed via UNC Asheville’s OnePort. If you have been selected for Verification, we suggest that you make clear copies of all requested documents and turn them into the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible. Please make sure all forms are signed.

Sign a FERPA Release for Family Member(s)

If you wish for UNC Asheville to be able to release your financial aid information to a parent or other member of your family, you must voluntarily waive your right to privacy under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Instructions for how to complete can be found only at the Office of the Registrar website.

Receive Award Notification Email

Once the FAFSA is received and all awarding requirements are met, you will receive an award notification email. Your official award notification can be viewed via UNC Asheville’s OnePort.

Accept Award Terms & Conditions Online

Log into oneport.unca.edu with your UNC Asheville log in credentials. Select Accept Award Terms and Conditions. Read the information in the Terms and Conditions tab carefully. When you get to the bottom of the page, select Accept. You will not be able to accept your award until you read and accept the Terms and Conditions.

Complete Loan Entrance Counseling (Required for First Time Borrowers)

All new or transfer students must complete loan entrance counseling. You can satisfy this requirement by completing the entrance interview module at Studentloans.gov.

Complete and Submit the Master Promissory Note (MPN) to Direct Lending

  • Only for first time borrowers & transfer students
  • If you are receiving a Federal Student Loan and/or a PLUS Loan, Direct Lending must receive the MPN in order for the funds to disburse to UNC Asheville. The MPN can be signed at studentloans.gov.
  • PLUS Loan funds will not defer your bill until our office has received notification that the Master Promissory Note has been signed and the loan has been credit approved.
  • If you have a Federal Perkins Loan, please see the Cashiers Office when you first come to campus.

Important Dates

  • March 1: Complete FAFSA
  • Early June: If you choose, sign up for the payment plan offered by the University.
  • You can set up the payment plan online at afford.com/unca or by calling their toll-free number 1.800.722.4867. Academic year or fall only plans begin in June.
  • Early July: Double check registration and billing by using UNC Asheville OnePort.
  • August 1: Make sure you have paid your outstanding bill to the Student Accounts Office.
  • You can make payments in person, via US mail, or online through ePayment in OnePort. Online payments are fast and secure.
  • November 1 (Spring Students): Priority filing date for Spring Semester.

Other Important Information

Refund Check

If you are due a refund check and have satisfied all requirements, you may receive your refund check by the start of classes. You will be notified via UNC Asheville email from the Office of Student Accounts stating your refund check is ready to be picked up.

Review Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP)

The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy is a federal policy that can prevent students from receiving financial aid due to inadequate academic progress. You can view your status by going through the Financial Aid section and selecting Academic Progress Tab. Your SAP status is based on your enrollment that is locked at the end of the Schedule Adjustment period (which is usually the first week of classes). After having read the policy, please contact our office if you have further questions.