2017-2018 Impact Report
Founded in 1789 as the nation’s first public university, Carolina has long recognized the importance of serving all qualified students, regardless of family income. Financial aid doesn’t simply help individual students — it strengthens the entire University by improving the quality and competitiveness of the student body.
Carolina has earned national recognition as a best value in public higher education, a measure of top-quality academics and affordable tuition. The UNC Office of Scholarships & Student Aid upholds that competitive advantage and UNC’s public mission by helping all students meet the costs of college.
Facts About 2017 Graduating Class of Carolina Covenant Scholars
median parental income
Growth in Covenant Enrolling Classes
Scholarships of all kinds help us achieve our goals. Funding for financial aid keeps Carolina need-blind in admissions — welcoming the strongest possible class each year — and able to meet the full demonstrated need of those who enroll. It’s a rare combination for a public flagship and speaks to our deep commitment to the University’s founding ideals.
2018 Entering Class of Carolina Covenant Scholars
The Carolina Covenant, UNC’s groundbreaking program for low-income students, covers more than one in 10 undergraduates. Launched in 2004, the Covenant offers a debt-free path to graduation through a combination of grants, scholarships and a work-study job. Covenant Scholars also have access to mentoring, academic and personal support services, and a network of peers. Since its start, the program has dramatically improved on-time graduation among the University’s lowest-income students, transforming individual lives and building a stronger Carolina.
of all incoming students are Carolina Covenant Scholars
ranked in the top 10 students in their high school class
of Covenant Scholars served in a leadership role while in high school
Scholarship Support Drives Graduation Rates
Graduation rates of all students have improved, but most dramatically among aid-eligible students.
Across the country, the strongest universities are those with the resources and the will to admit students solely on the basis of their achievements, not their bank accounts. It makes for a more academically talented class and a richer experience for all students at Carolina.”
– Rachelle Feldman, Associate Provost