Financial Aid



The UNCW scholarship process involves 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, awarding entities use the scholarship application.   Note: The Office of Admissions uses the scholarship application but also awards merit scholarships based on the university’s admission application material. 

Each year, the application opens on December 1 and closes on March 1.  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.  Entering freshmen who are selected to receive a scholarship award may view it on their financial aid award letter that is mailed in April and electronically in Seanet on their account.  Returning student recipients will be able to view their award in Seanet by July 1.

The assessment of candidates for these scholarships may include a review of the most recent grade point averages and scores on standardized tests. To improve chances for consideration of need-based scholarships (and state/institutional grants), students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 1st (the application opens October 1st).

 Freshman Merit-Awards

UNCW's Office of Admissions 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.