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UNCW Scholarships

While the out-of-state tuition at UNCW is lower than many comparable institutions, UNCW and the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) offer a variety of scholarships and additional financial support resources for international students. Students who are seeking additional funding to attend UNCW are encouraged to explore the financial support resources listed below.

Scholarships for International Students 

First-Year International Student SAT Scholarship 

Amount: $5,000 per academic year, up to $20,000 USD.

Terms: Students that submit an SAT score of 1300 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math sections of the new SAT or an ACT score of 30 or higher may be eligible for $5,000 per year.

Contact: Office of Admissions at 

Incoming Undergraduate Degree-Seeking International Student Scholarship

Amount: $2,000 one time award

Terms: Any incoming undergraduate degree-seeking international student needing F-1 visa sponsorship (excluding TABSA) is automatically awarded $2,000 USD at the time of admission if they have a 3.5 GPA or higher, on a U.S. 4.0 scale for their first academic year of attendance (fall & spring semester). 

Global Student Ambassador Scholarship

Amount: $2,000, split up to $1,000 each semester for one year (fall & spring semesters).


  • Only current international students on an F-1 visa are eligible to apply.
  • To be eligible students must be on track to be full-time current students for the upcoming academic year.
  • Students must commit to one academic year of involvement/interaction with OISS and international students.
  • Students who receive this award will serve as a Global Student Ambassador for the following academic year (fall & spring semester).
  • In order to maintain the scholarship throughout the year, ambassadors have to fulfill ALL of their responsibilities. Otherwise, the scholarship will be suspended.  
    • For information on requirements of being a Global Student Ambassador to maintain the scholarship throughout the year, please click here.
  • Scholarship recipients must attend Ambassador Orientation before the spring semester ends.

Application process:

  • Complete an application
  • Submit a one-page essay on how you feel you could support incoming international students 
  • Submit 2 references
  • All documents should be sent to
  • Interviews will conducted in February

Deadline: February 1

Award Winner Announced: Mid April

Rotary Club of Wilmington Scholarship 

Amount: One-time $1,800 for the academic year.

Terms: Recipients of the Rotary Club of Wilmington Scholarship must have completed at least one semester at UNCW and earned a minimum grade point average of 3.5. The Rotary Club of Wilmington expects that students demonstrate the potential for service to their home country. Students may reapply each year.

To apply, students must submit to the Office of International Programs:

Office of International Programs Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Terms: Need-based scholarships for select international students needing F-1 or J-1 visa sponsorship.

Financial Resources for Students

  • International students can use EducationUSA's Find Financial Aid tool and visit their local EducationUSA advising center for more information about the options available to them.
  • UNCW Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid: For general information about other UNCW scholarships.
  • UNCW Handshake Jobs Portal: Search for on-campus jobs. 
    • Note: The Handshake portal also includes postings for off-campus jobs. Students must receive approval from OISS before beginning any off-campus employment.
    • J-1 students must have prior approval from their J-1 advisor before beginning any employment, on or off campus.
    • F-1 students do not need any additional authorization to work on campus (paycheck must come from UNCW).
  • Students may also contact individual departments at UNCW, such as Campus Recreation or the library, to inquire about available jobs for student workers.

Additional Financial Resources for Graduate Students

Paying Your UNCW Bill

All students must pay their tuition and fees by the first day of the semester. Failure to pay your bill in full will result in your courses being canceled. All payments are made to the Office of Student Accounts.

The most efficient means for a student using an international bank account to pay student fees is through Travelex's Bank to Bank Transfer. Please see the Student Accounts website for full details.

If you would like to pay your bill in installments rather than all at once, please review the Teal Pay Tuition Payment Plan information on the Student Accounts website and email with questions.

If you have any questions about your student account, your bill, or the payment plan, contact Student Accounts directly. OISS does not manage student accounts or billing. 

Payment Methods

Electronic Check (from a U.S. bank) TravelEx Wire Transfer Credit Card Debit Card Traditional International Wire Payment
Instructions See e-bill tutorial 'How to make an electronic payment' See Student Accounts' Western Union GlobalPay for Students Instructions See e-bill tutorial 'How to make a credit card payment' See e-bill tutorial 'How to make a credit card payment' Not available.
Advantages There is no 2.75% convenience fee. Your part of the payment is processed quickly. Can be used outside the U.S. The wire transfer fee (built into the conversion rate) is cheaper than a traditional international wire transfer fee to the U.S. Your part of the payment is processed quickly. Your part of the payment is processed quickly. Not available.

You must have a U.S. bank account.

If you open a bank account the first day of orientation and start transferring funds to your account within 2 days, your funds should be available to pay your bill by the due date.

The owner of the funds must print out the request form and take it to the bank in person. If the funds belong to you, your parents cannot take the form to the bank for you.

It may take several days between the time you print the request form, take it to your bank, and the payment is received on your UNCW bill.

UNCW charges a 2.75% fee on all credit card payments (minimum of $3). This is in addition to any international currency conversion fees your bank may charge. UNCW charges a 2.75% fee on all debit card payments (minimum of $3). This is in addition to any international currency conversion fees your bank may charge. Not available.
U.S. bank account required? Requires a U.S. bank account. No. Usually, only credit cards issued by U.S. banks are accepted. But sometimes other credit cards will work. Usually, only debit cards issued by U.S. banks are accepted. But sometimes other credit cards will work. Not available.

Understanding your bill

Charges that are waived

Charges that are waived: If you are an exchange student or TABSA student, you will be granted a UNCW tuition waiver (similar to a voucher payment) for your tuition and tuition-related fees. The UNCW tuition waiver will usually be applied to your UNCW Student account by the first UNCW payment deadline (regular student payment deadline, not exchange student deadline).

Charges you must pay

If any of the following UNCW charges are on your student account, you will need to pay the charges in full.

  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal Plan
  • On-Campus Mailbox ($11/semester)
  • International Student Health Insurance
  • Student ID Card ($20)

Review your student account periodically

Most UNCW Student account charges will be applied to your account by the beginning of the semester. However, it is important that you periodically review your student account to make sure your bill is paid in full.