Grants

Students frequently ask if they can receive financial aid for the program they are enrolled in, and we have assembled the following spreadsheet to answer that question:

Can I receive Federal Title IV aid while enrolled in my current program?

You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to receive a grant.

All grants are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Students must have submitted a FAFSA and, if requested, additional documentation before they will be considered for a grant. Grants are awarded while funding is available.

Federal, State & Institutional Grants

Federal Pell Grant

  • Forms: FAFSA
  • Who Awards the Funds: U.S. Department of Education
  • Annual Maximum Amount: Up to $5,645
  • Need-based and Requires FAFSA: Yes
  • Additional Award Criteria: Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Minimum Credit Hours For Disbursement per Term: 12+ hours for 100%: 9-11 hours for 75%: 6-8 hours for 50%: Less than 6 hours for 25%
  • Renewal Criteria: Complete the FAFSA each year and make Satisfactory Academic Progress (12 semester maximum)
  • Additional Information: Federal grant for undergraduate students seeking their first baccalaureate degree

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

  • Forms: FAFSA
  • Who Awards the Funds: UNC Asheville Office of Financial Aid
  • Annual Maximum Amount: Up to $500
  • Need-based and Requires FAFSA: Yes
  • Additional Award Criteria: Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Minimum Credit Hours For Disbursement per Term: 12
  • Renewal Criteria: Complete the FAFSA each year by the priority filing deadline of March 1
  • Additional Information: Federal funded grant for undergraduates with exceptional financial needs

Federal TEACH Grant

  • Forms: FAFSA & TEACH Grant Institutional Application
  • Who Awards the Funds: UNC Asheville Office of Financial Aid
  • Annual Maximum Amount: Up to $4,000 per academic year. $16,000 maximum for undergraduate and baccalaureate. $8,000 maximum for graduate level students.
  • Need-based and Requires FAFSA: Yes
  • Additional Award Criteria: Cumulative 3.25 GPA for each payment period. Score above the 75th percentile on admission test (SAT, ACT, or GRE)
  • Minimum Credit Hours For Disbursement per Term: Undergraduate 12 for full grant, 9 for the ¾, 6 for ½, less that 6hrs for ¼ grant. Graduate 9 for full grant and 5-8 for half grant.
  • Renewal Criteria: Complete the FAFSA each year & maintain at least a 3.25 GPA each payment period
  • Additional Information: If the terms and condition are not met, the grants must be repaid as an unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan, with interest accrued from the date(s) of the original disbursement.
  • Post-baccalaureate students pursuing either a second degree or a teaching licensure program are NOT eligible for the TEACH Grant, only first-time degree seeking students.

North Carolina State Grants

To apply for any North Carolina state grants, please fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We cannot guarantee that the NC State Education Assistance Authority will award all students a grant. You must be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes to receive any aid from the State of North Carolina programs.

  • Forms: FAFSA
  • Who Awards the Funds: NC State Education Assistance authority
  • Annual Maximum Amount: Varies
  • Need-based and Requires FAFSA: Yes
  • Additional Award Criteria: Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Minimum Credit Hours
  • For Disbursement per Term: 12 for full award, 6-11 for ½ the award
  • Renewal Criteria: Complete the FAFSA each year
  • Additional Information: The student must be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes

UNC Asheville Need-based Grant

To apply for UNC Asheville grants, please fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our need-based programs are very limited, so we cannot guaranttee a student access to these funds.

  • Forms: FAFSA
  • Who Awards the Funds: UNC Asheville office of Financial Aid
  • Annual Maximum Amount: Up to $500
  • Need-based and Requires FAFSA: Yes
  • Additional Award Criteria: Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Disbursement per Term: 12
  • Renewal Criteria: Complete the FAFSA each year
  • Additional Information: Institutional grant for undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need

UNC Asheville Tuition Grant

To apply for UNC Asheville grants, please fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our need-based programs are very limited, so we cannot guarantee a student access to these funds.

  • Forms: FAFSA
  • Priority Deadline: March 1
  • Who Awards the Funds: UNC Asheville office of Financial Aid
  • Annual Maximum Amount: Up to $3,000 for in-state residents, up to $5,000 for out of state students
  • Need-based and Requires FAFSA: Yes
  • Additional Award Criteria: Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Renewal Criteria: Complete the FAFSA each year

D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program

If you are a resident of the District of Columbia, you may qualify for a grant - not a loan - to attend public colleges and universities nationwide. This grant pays the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. This means you pay the low in-state rate, or get $2,500 per year to go to private colleges and universities in the Washington metropolitan area.

Visit the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant website for more information.