Financial Aid


The UNCW scholarship process includes a number of awarding entities throughout the university, to include the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid, Academic Departments, the Alumni Association and others.  To select scholarship recipients, some awarding entities use the scholarship application.   You must be a newly admitted or current student to access the scholarship application.   Available scholarships include both merit-and need based awards, however the number of available awards varies from year to year.  Outcomes for the scholarship application will be communicated to students in May via their UNCW email account.  

The assessment of candidates for these scholarships may include a review of the most recent grade point averages and scores on standardized tests.  For consideration of need-based scholarships, students must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1st

Freshman Merit-Awards 

UNCW offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to entering freshmen, independent of the scholarship application.  These decisions are made using the content of the application for admission.  Outcomes will be communicated to recipients in January.

Meeting the minimum scholarship requirements does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship award.  Information regarding additional scholarship opportunities is listed below. 

 Once You Receive a Scholarship, Say Thank You

Scholarship donors are generous and caring people who give unselfishly to support the educational endeavors of students. They typically do not ask for anything in return, but receiving a well-written thank you letter lets the donor know that the scholarship was greatly appreciated. Your letter will acknowledge your gratitude and may encourage continued gifts for other students.  When writing your thank you note, be sure to share a little about yourself and why the scholarship is important to you.  Consider using our "Sample Thank You Letter."