Student Accounts & Cashier's Office

How Tuition is Used at UNC Wilmington (2022-23)

Tuition is used to support a variety of functions at UNCW, including classroom instruction, student services, maintenance of facilities and infrastructure, need-based aid, and institutional support. Tuition is also supplemented by appropriations from the North Carolina General Assembly. We provide a detailed breakdown of tuition usage annually. Below you can see how UNCW allocates tuition by percentage.

Not sure what the funds support? Be sure to check out the allocation details below the table! 

Did you know? In the year ended June 30, 2022, UNC Wilmington received approximately $154 million in appropriations from the North Carolina General Assembly, providing an additional $11,023 towards the total cost of education for each resident student.

UNCW Tuition Allocation (by Percentage)

Instruction 53%, Academic & Institutional Support 22%, Need-based aid 9%, O&M of plan & other 12%, Student Services 4%.

Allocation Percentage
Instruction 53%
Academic & Institutional Support 22%
Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of Plant and Other Expenses 12%
Need-Based Financial Aid 9%
Student Services 4%

What do the Funds Help Support?

Academic & Institutional Support- funds academic and operational administration including university leadership and business functions such as finance, human resources, and legal services

Instruction - Primarily faculty salaries and benefits, supports all aspects of the direct academic mission of the university.

Need-Based Financial Aid - Provides tuition-related aid to students with a demonstrated financial need. All need-based financial aid shown above is supported solely through tuition receipts.  

Student Services - Encompasses the student-related administrative needs of the university including admissions, registrar, academic counseling, and career counseling

Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of Plant and Other Expenses - Contributes to the operation and maintenance of the physical plant, utilities, and IT infrastructure

Undergraduate Tuition

Undergraduate Tuition
$4,443.00 $19,063.20

Undergraduate General Fees

Undergraduate General Fees
General Fees Resident Nonresident Fee Description
Athletics $774.55 $774.55 Funds intercollegiate athletics, including salaries and team operations.
Educational & Technology $534.94 $534.94 Funds specialized instructional supplies and services for scientific and information technology equipment.
Health Services $246.07 $246.07 Funds medical services for students, including the salaries, maintenance and operation of student health centers.
Student Activities $698.95 $698.95 Funds nonacademic student services (student unions, intramural facilities, student organizations, newspapers, yearbooks, and entertainment programs).
Campus Security Fee $60.00 $60.00 Funds campus safety and security initiatives, including salaries, training, and operations.
Debt Service $376.00 $376.00 Funds the principal and interest for capital projects. Examples for UNC Wilmington include the Campus Recreation Center, and Student Union.
Total Fees $2,690.51 $2,690.51

Total Tuition and Fees

Total Tuition and Fees
Resident Nonresident
$7,133.51 $21,753.71

Resident undergraduate tuition is frozen for students who remain continuously enrolled for eight semesters.