Guide to Student Consumer Information

In accordance with federal regulations set forth by the Higher Education Act of 1965, this guide contains a brief description of important information about UNC Asheville, financial assistance, athletic participation, graduation rates, campus security, study abroad, student rights and responsibilities and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Specific information about programs and services is available from the University departments. The guide is available online or by requesting a paper copy from the Office of Financial Aid.

Accreditation, Approval, and Licensure

The University of North Carolina at Asheville celebrates eighty years of excellence in higher education, the campus community welcomes new challenges and greater successes as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. From its beginnings as Buncombe County Junior College, where 86 students enrolled in 1927 to further their educations beyond high school, the University has valued liberal arts ideals and community engagement. Its special commitment to student learning and undergraduate education was reaffirmed when it joined the University of North Carolina system in 1969 as the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The University maintains its liberal arts imperative, as the designated undergraduate Liberal Arts University of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system.

The University of North Carolina is accredited by:

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized Accreditation:

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Program Participation Agreement with:

The U. S. Department of Education

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In order to comply with federal regulations, the University of North Carolina at Asheville has adopted institutional policies and procedures to be followed with regard to disclosure of information from the education records of current and former students. The student record policy of UNC Asheville conforms to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-380). Education records are in the custody of the Registrar. A student's UNC Asheville academic transcript is permanently maintained. Other documents are retained pursuant to administrative policies.

Copies of the student's official UNC Asheville transcript are released only on the written request of the student, and only after all obligations to the university, financial and otherwise, have been fulfilled. Transcripts received from other schools are the property of the university and are not copied or released.

Release of Student Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. UNC Asheville will not be able to discuss specific issues pertaining to a student’s records with third parties, before we have consent from the student. University personnel must be able to verify a student's identity before discussing the student's academic records. The university does not permit access to or the release of education records without the written consent of the student except when required. Students are encouraged to review the policy and understand what is considered directory information as defined at UNC Asheville.   

Students not wanting their directory information released may file a Directory Restriction form in the OneStop Center. The Directory Restriction form restricts all information on a student. For example, the university, if contacted, cannot acknowledge whether or not a student is enrolled nor can it include the student in Dean's List notifications or on graduation lists. Students may revoke the restriction at any time by submitting a written request to the Office of the Registrar.

If you wish for UNC Asheville personnel to discuss your academic records you will need to complete the Proxy FERPA release located on OnePort. Instructions how to access this can be found online.

Financial Aid

Descriptions of available federal, state, institutional and private sources of student assistance, application procedures, eligibility criteria, criteria to determine award amounts methods of disbursement, terms and conditions for accepting financial aid, employment opportunities and student rights and responsibilities are available on the Office of Student Financial Aid web site.

Estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) used to determine student eligibility for federal, state and institutional student assistance is available at the Office of Financial Aid web site.

Repayment schedules and the necessity of repaying loans is located with the Entrance Counseling sessions at http://www.studentloans.gov.

Federal Pell Grant Recipients

Below is the categories of gender and ethnicity of enrolled full-time Federal Pell Grant recipient:

Pell Grant Recipients
2012-2013
  Male Female Total
White 452 594 1,046
Black 14 33 47
Hispanic 26 37 63
Asian 9 9 18
Pacific Islander 0
American Indian 0 1 1
Multi-Racial 11 31 42 
Non-Resident Alien 0 1
Race Not Reported 18 22 40
Total 531 728 1,259

Net Price Calculator (NPC)

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Voter Registration

Applications for voter registration for North Carolina resident are available at the Buncombe County Election Services. Periodically, the UNC Asheville Student Government Association will hold voter registration drives at various locations across campus.

Nonresident students may find voter information about their specific states through the U.S. Electronic Assistance Commission.

Refund Policies

  1. A student who leaves school without officially withdrawing from the university forfeits all rights to a refund or to a reduction in his or her account. 
  2. Refunds for tuition and fees for the fall and spring semesters (except the application fee and course fees, which are non-refundable) will be on the following basis, provided the student officially withdraws from all courses (exits from the university during that semester). The percentage of refund will be based on the date shown on the official withdrawal form.
  3. Refunds for the summer terms will be made according to the refund schedule published by the Business Office. 
  4. Refunds for residence hall rental will be made from a schedule on file with the Dean of Students who may make a pro rata refund due to extenuating circumstances. 
  5. Refunds for the board plan will be made from a schedule on file with the Dean of Students who may make a pro rata refund due to extenuating circumstances.
Date of Withdrawal Amount of Refund
Through first week of classes 100%
After 1 week of classes 90%
After 2 weeks of classes 70%
After 3 weeks of classes 50%
After 4 weeks of classes 30%
After 5 weeks of classes 15%
After 6 weeks of classes None

Financial Aid and the Refund Policy

UNC Asheville has a federally mandated Return of Funds Policy that governs the return of Title IV funds disbursed to students who completely withdraw from the University. If a student completely withdraws, he or she must return unearned student aid. Funds are earned in direct proportion to the length of time a student remains enrolled each semester. If the amount of Title IV funds disbursed is greater than the amount of funds earned by a student, a return of funds is required. Both the University and the student are responsible for returning a percentage of the unearned aid.

University Withdrawal Policy

The official university policy on withdrawal from courses is contained in the UNC Asheville Catalog. Students should contact their academic advisor concerning the academic impact of their withdrawal. They should also contact the Office of Financial Aid as to how it will impact their financial aid.

Information about the Institution

Description of academic programs, degree offerings and instructional personnel can be obtained from the UNC Asheville Catalog by selecting the appropriate title. Description of the instructional facilities and labs are located below (does not include residence halls and "non-classroom" buildings):

 

Building Room Type Number Stations Square Feet
Carmichael Hall Assembly 1 330 3,821
  Class Lab 2 38 1,668
  Class Lab Services  1  0 91
  Classrooms  7  270  5,944
  Classroom Services  1  0  51
  Elevators  2  0  0
  Men's Toilet - Handicap  1  0  0
  Non-Class Lab  9  9  1,403
  OFC Conference  2  32  1,100
  Offices  26  27  3,121
  Office Services  7  1  590
  Special Class Lab  3  13  582
  Women's Toilet - Handicap 1 0 0
   Total  63  720  18,371
 Carol Belk Theatre Assembly   1 199 2,920
  Assembly Services  3 0 816
   Class Lab Serivces  2 0 421
   Lounge  1 10 479
   Men's Toilet - Handicap  1 0 0
   Offices  5 5 626
   Special Class Labs  2 49 2,499
   Women's Toilet - Handicap  1 0 0
   Total  16 263 7,761
 Justice Center Athletic/PE Services  43 0 14,551
   Athletic Seating  4 0 3,837
   Ahtletic/PE  9 0 52,100
   Class Lab  1 35 2,701
   Class Lab Services  1 0 15
   Classrooms  2 50 1,162
   Elevator  2 0 0
   Men's Toilet - Handicap  1 0 0
   Office  27 26 4,454
   Office Services  6 0 928
   Special Class Labs  2 11 672
   Women's Toilet - Handicap  3 0 0
   Total  101 122 80,420
 Karpen Hall Class Lab 3 72 2,085
  Class Lab Services 3 2 112
  Classroom 20 614 13,995
  Elevator 4 0 0
  Lounge 1 8 312
  Meeting Room Services 1 0 153
  Meeting Room 1 50 1,430
  Men's Toilet - Handicap 4 0 0
  Merchandising 1 0 175
  Non-Class Lab 5 26 694
  OFC Conference 5 37 1,667
  Office 60 60 8,583
  Office Services 13 0 2,112
  Reading/Study Room 2 41 1,286
  Special Class Lab 4 58 1,486
  Women's Tolet - Handicap 4 0 0
  Total 131 968 34,050
 Lipinsky Hall  Assembly  2 614 6,917
   Assembly Services  7  21  935
   Class Labs  1  75  2,285
   Classrooms  1  30  463
   Classroom Services  2  0  102
   DP/Computer Services  1  0  114
   Elevators  3  0  0
   Lounge  1  6  190
   Men's Toilet - Handicap  3  0  0
   OFC Conference  1  4  780
   Offices  24  30  4,272
   Office Services  12  6  2,174
   Special Class Lab Services  1  1  50
   Special Class Labs  18  90  3,349
   Unisex Toilet - Handicap  2  0  0
   Women's Toilet - Handicap  3  0  0
   Total  82  877  21,631
 New Hall  Class Lab 2 35 1,406
   Class Lab Services 3   228
   Classrooms 9 215 4,948
   Classroom Services 1   89
   Elevators 3 0 0
   Lounge 3 7 544
   Lounge Services 1   42
   Meeting Rooms 1 10 306
   Men's Toilet - Handicap 3 0 0
   Non Class Lab Services 1   149
   OFC Conference 1   385
   Offices 44 44 7,274
   Office Services 5   663
   Reading/Study Rooms 1 46 1,282
   Women's Toilet - Handicap 3 0 0
   Total 80 357 17,316
 Owen Hall Class Lab 8 113 8,640
  Class Lab Services 6 0 1,737
   Classrooms 4 160 3,220
   Elevator 3 0 0
   Exhibition 1 0 1,680
   Meeting Room Services 2 0 604
   Meeting Rooms 1 140 2,070
   Men's Toilet - Handicap 3 0 0
   OFC Conference 2 10 274
   Offices 45 47 7,848
   Office Services 4 1 916
   Reading/Study Rooms 3 230 1,180
   Special Class Lab Services 1 0 135
   Special Class Labs 9 50 1,827
   Women's Toilet - Handicap 3 0 0
   Total 94 544 30,131
 Ramsey Library A/V, Radio, Television 7 23 3,252
  A/V, Radio, Television Services 2 3 600
  Classroom Services 1 0 19
  Elevators 5 0 0
  Food Facilities Services 2 0 166
   Food Facilities 1 34 800
   Lounge 1 25 1,374
   Meeting Rooms 3 72 2,289
   Men's Toilet - Handicap 6 0 0
   Merchandising 1 0 127
   OFC Conference Services 1 0 10
   OFC Conference 4 57 1,564
   Offices 19 33 3,462
   Office Services 11 22 1,242
   Processing 14 29 6,675
   Reading/Study Room 60 138 5,881
   Special Class Labs 1 22 816
   Stack 3 36 5,573
   Stack/Reading 8 385 43,349
   Study Services 5 6 1,566
   Women's Toilet - Handicap 6 0 0
   Total 161 885 78,765
 Rhodes/Robinson Alteration/Conversion 90 0 24,879
  Class Labs 10 216 7,884
   Class Lab Services 8 0 1,525
  Classrooms 4 280 4,557
   Classroom Services 5 0 268
   DP/Comp Services 2 2 522
  Data Proc/Comp 4 2 2,281
   Elevators  4  0  0
  Inactive Area 11 0 2,750
   Meeting Rooms 2 17 555
  Men's Toilet - Handicap 2 0 0
  Non-Class Lab Services 2 0 397
  Non-Class Labs 6 39 2,122
   OFC Conference Services 2 0 363
   OFC Conference 3 56 1,510
   Offices 71 72 10,466
  Office Services 2 0 130
   Special Class Lab Services 5 6 1,023
   Special Class Labs 11 97 4,075
  Storage 1 0 147
   Women's Toilet - Handicap 2 0 0
   Total 247 787 65,454
 Zageir Hall Classrooms 11 315 7,376
   Classroom Services 1   88
   Elevators 2 0 0
   Lounges 2 10 947
   Men's Toilet - Handicap 2 0 0
   Non-Class Lab Services 1 8 160
   Offices 45 47 6,384
   Office Services 12 1 963
   Reading/Study Room 1 26 718
   Women's Toilet - Handicap 2 0 0
   Total  79  407 16,636
 Zeis Hall Class Labs 14 266 13,843
   Class Lab Services 16 0 6,139
   Classroom 5 197 5,058
   Classroom Services 2 0 258
   Elevators 4   0
   Meeting Rooms 2 20 528
   Men's Toilet - Handicap 4   0
  Merchandising 1   125
  Non-Class Lab Services 5 0 749
   Non-Class Labs 21 73 7,338
   Offices 37 37 5,641
   Office Services 4 0 418
   Special Class Lab Services 5 0 2,074
   Special Class Labs 8 63 4,019
   Women's Toilet - Handicap 4   0
   Total 132 656 46,190 

The University of North Carolina Asheville is designated liberal arts university in The University of North Carolina system. An outstanding learning community, UNC Asheville focuses its resources on academic excellence and community partnerships. The history of the university is available in the UNC Asheville Catalog under About UNCA.

The University of North Carolina Asheville welcomes applications from those interested in postsecondary education and academic enrichment. To accommodate the diverse needs of the population served by UNC Asheville, five admission classifications have been established: beginning freshmen, transfer students, visiting students, post-baccalaureate students and non-degree students. The requirements and procedures for admission to each of these classifications can be found in the UNC Asheville Catalog under Admissions.

Admission to the University of North Carolina Asheville Master of Liberal Arts Programs is based upon the applicant’s possession of a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, in any field and demonstrated interest in pursuing advanced study in the liberal arts. Requirements can be found in the UNC Asheville Catalog under Admissions.

Academic Accessibility

The University of North Carolina at Asheville is distinctive within the public higher education system of North Carolina in its primary mission: to offer an undergraduate liberal arts education of superior quality for serious students. The mission of the Office of Academic Accessibility is to provide students with disabilities the advocacy and support for reaching their educational goals.

Study Abroad

UNC Asheville offers a variety of direct exchange opportunities with universities in England, France, Japan and Hong Kong. Information on Study Abroad Study Away can be found in the UNC Asheville Catalog under Study Abroad or on the Study Abroad page.

Retention Rates

Retention rates of certificate or degree-seeking first-time full-time undergraduates students are located in the UNC Asheville Fact Book on Table 24 published by the Office of Institutional Research.

 

Graduation Rates

Retention and graduation rates can be obtained in The University North Carolina Asheville Fact Book compiled by the Office of Institutional Research.

The report includes facts and figures on UNC Asheville graduates including number of degrees by major, time to graduate, average age, matriculation type, cumulative hours earned, graduation rates, participation in undergraduate research and service learning. This year's report also includes new tables on the distribution of clusters by major.

Graduation Rates for Student Athletes

The graduation rates for student athletes must be provided to every student athlete, parents, high school coaches, and guidance counselors when an athletically-related student aid offer is made. The NCAA provides this information to high schools. It can also be accessed on the UNC Asheville athletics web site.

Athletic Program Participation and Financial Support

The annual Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report contains participation rates, financial support and other information on men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs.

Immunizations

North Carolina General Statute 130A, Article 6, Part 2, establishes specific immunization requirements for all students enrolled in colleges or universities. Student Health Services monitors student compliance with this immunization law. Students should make every effort to submit verification of their compliance prior to registration at UNC Asheville. State law allows a 30-day grace period for compliance. Failure to submit the required immunization information during this time period will result in the cancellation of the student’s schedule. For further information on submitting immunization records, please visit the Health and Counseling Center's website.

Institutional Drug and Alcohol Policy

The University of North Carolina Asheville publishes annually the policy on alcohol and drugs in the University catalog under the University Rules and Regulations. Sanctions are detailed for students and staff who violate this policy. The Security & Fire Safety Report is also available.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

In the event of an emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees, University Police, after confirmation of the emergency by a University Police Officer on the scene, will notify the campus community by activating all or part of the University’s Emergency Alert Notification system. Details about these methods of communications are available through the Security & Fire Safety Report.

Campus Safety and Crime

As a central part of the university community, the mission of University Police is to maintain a safe, secure and peaceful environment with a positive social atmosphere where meaningful learning can take place. UNC Asheville University Police is a progressive, problem solving university law enforcement agency. The organizational structure of the department is set up to provide a full range of law enforcement and public safety services for members of the UNC Asheville community. In compliance with the Federal law, the University Police web site  makes available campus safety and crime statics, a daily log and a fire log. The Annual Security & Fire Safety Report can be found online.

The Security & Fire Safety Report includes all statistics required by law.

The University of North Carolina Guide to Consumer Information is produced by the Office of Student Financial Aid
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CPO #1330
Asheville, NC 28804
Phone 828.251.6535
Fax 828.232.2294
financialaid.unca.edu
finaid@unca.edu