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.

Each year, the application is open December 1 through the priority date of March 1.  The application will remain open through June 1, primarily, for graduate student scholarships. You must be a newly admitted or current student to access this scholarship application.  Available scholarships include both merit and need based scholarships, however the number of available awards varies from year to year.  Each short answer, essay prompt, etc. allows you to be considered for a variety of different scholarships.  Entering freshmen who are selected to receive a scholarship award will be notified via email by April 1, have access to view it in SeaNet, and it will be reflected on the mailed financial aid award.  Returning student recipients and graduate students will be able to view their award in SeaNet on or around the first week of July.

To improve chances for consideration of need-based scholarships (and state/institutional grants), students should complete the FAFSA by January 1st (the application opens October 1st).

Freshman & Transfer Scholarships 

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 typically be communicated to recipients by January.

Meeting the minimum scholarship requirements does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship award.

Additional scholarship opportunities are listed below: