Financial Aid

Transfer Students

When transferring to another institution, it is important to understand that your financial aid award is not transferable to other schools; each institution may award a student different amounts and types of aid.

Awards are determined by student eligibility, the cost of attendance at the school, and the total amount of institutional grant money available at the school. To begin the process of requesting aid at a different institution, you must add the new school's code to the FAFSA and that school will then receive your FAFSA financial aid information and begin the process of awarding financial aid. A brief step-by-step overview of the application process is here.

Allow reasonable time for the necessary paperwork to be processed. Follow through with the process by staying in touch with the school to be sure outstanding requirements have been fulfilled and your file is complete.

Below, you will find important links and detailed information for Transfer Students.

Transfer Students’ Links to Success

  • FAFSA – Submit your FAFSA or add our school code to your current FAFSA. UNCW’s FAFSA School Code is 002984
  • SeaNet – Familiarize yourself with SeaNet and your UNCW email account for important information. Check your email and SeaNet accounts at least weekly. Respond promptly to any requests for information to avoid delays in processing of your award. Once you have been awarded financial aid, you can view your award online via SeaNet. You must respond to offers for loans and for Federal Work Study. You do not have to respond to grant or scholarship awards.
  • Forms – If you have been asked to submit additional information, please be sure to check SeaNet under Student Requirements and Active Messages. Completed and signed forms may be faxed or scanned and emailed using the contact information located to the right of this page.
  • Scholarships – The UNCW Scholarship Application opens December 1 through the priority date of March 1 for each new academic year. You must be a newly admitted or current student to access this scholarship application. UNCW's Office of Admissions offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to entering freshmen, and transfer students 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.
  • Student Loans & Additional Financing - If you are planning to utilize any student loans (Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized) that you may have been awarded, you must complete the following:
    • Accept your loans via SeaNet
    • Entrance Counseling
    • Loan Agreement/Master Promissory Note
    • Your loan funds will not disburse until all three of these steps have been completed. In addition, there are limits to the amounts of Federal Direct Loans you may borrow for your academic career. This is called the aggregate limit, which is specified in federal regulations. There is also a time limitation on Federal Direct Subsidized loans for students who are considered new or first-time borrowers. In addition, if a Federal Parent PLUS Loan or a Non-Federal/Private Loan is needed, visit our Financing page.
  • E-Bill – The Student Accounts & Cashiers Office is your point of contact for billing and charges. Once you have been awarded financial aid and all your requirements have been satisfied, your financial aid will be applied to your student account automatically.
    • If the amount of your financial aid is more than the amount you owe, you will have a credit balance. It will appear on your e-bill as a credit. Refunds are available as early as the first day of classes when using e-refund.
    • If the amount of your bill is more than the amount of financial aid you have, you must make payment or payment arrangements by the bill due date to avoid cancellation of registration.
  • Books & Supplies – Financial Aid can be used to pay for books. To purchase books, students may:
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) – Your Satisfactory Academic Progress is evaluated at the end of each To maintain financial aid eligibility:
    • You must earn a 2.0 GPA.
    • You must earn 67% of all the hours you attempt.
    • You must complete your program within 150% of the published length.
  • Summer Aid Application – If you plan to attend summer school and wish to apply for financial aid, you must complete the Summer Aid Application which is available in early spring (March 1). Financial aid awards for summer school are based on your remaining eligibility from the previous fall and spring, even if you attended another school.