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Fixed Tuition Program FAQs

UNCW participates in the Fixed Tuition Program, established by North Carolina General Statute § 116-143.9. This statute requires that all UNC institutions fix tuition for up to eight consecutive semesters (excluding summer sessions) for North Carolina residents who meet certain requirements.

*Please Note: The statute only guarantees tuition rates. Fees may be increased annually. The Fixed Tuition Program does not apply to room and board, mandatory fees, program fees, differential tuition, and/or course specific fees.

Is the Fixed Tuition program available to all students at UNC Wilmington?

The program is limited to North Carolina residents only. If you are an out-of-state resident, who feels that you qualify for in-state residency, request a determination through the North Carolina Residency Determination Service.

In addition, the following categories of students are not eligible for the Fixed Tuition Program: continuing education students; students currently enrolled in a cooperative innovative high school/early college, consortium, or dual-enrollment program; second degree seeking students; readmits who are not granted an appeal; non-degree seeking students; UNC Online, World Language; and graduate and professional students.

How long am I eligible for Fixed Tuition?

The eligibility period begins for first-time or transfer students upon enrolling at UNCW for the fall or spring semester as a degree-seeking undergraduate. Semesters in which students completely withdraw from the institution before the completion of the term will be counted in the designated fixed-tuition time period.

How long does this program last?

The eligibility period begins for first-time or transfer students upon enrolling at UNC Wilmington for the fall or spring semester as a degree-seeking undergraduate. Semesters in which you completely withdraw from UNCW Wilmington, before the completion of the term, will be counted in the designated fixed-tuition time period.

I am a transfer student. How do you determine the number of semesters I have used?

Transfer students will receive fixed tuition for a prorated time period, based on credits accumulated at the transferring institution(s). Every 15 transfer credit hours accepted will count as one semester against the number of semesters in the predictive tuition period.

I am already a UNC Wilmington student. How do you determine the number of semesters I have used?

UNC Wilmington continuing students enrolled on the effective date (fall 2016 term) will received fixed tuition for a prorated time period. Previously enrolled terms will be subtracted from the maximum eight semesters to determine the prorated terms remaining under the Predictive Tuition program.

UNC Wilmington has a leave of absence policy, where I can take a semester off without needing to re-enroll. Does a leave of absence constitute as a break in attendance for this program?

Yes, for the purposes of the Predictive Tuition program, non-enrollment in any fall or spring semester would constitute a break of attendance. Discuss potential conflicts with your academic advisor prior to any decision that might result in a break of attendance. You are not required to be enrolled during the summer term(s) to maintain continuous enrollment.

I plan to study abroad next semester or in the future. Is my study abroad considered a break of attendance?

No. Semesters spent in a study abroad program while continuously enrolled will count against your remaining tuition period, as would any other semester.

I have some unique circumstances that have affected my continuous enrollment. Can I petition for a waiver?

Students who have interrupted continuous enrollment may petition for a waiver to retain initial fixed tuition under the following conditions:

  1. military service obligation,
  2. serious medical debilitation or
  3. short- or long-term disability.
No retroactive changes will be approved. A waiver applies to the current or a future semester. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more guidance.

If I am disciplinarily suspended, how does this affect my eligibility for the Fixed Tuition program?

In the event you are suspended for disciplinary reasons, you will incur a break in attendance. A break of attendance means that upon your re-enrollment, you will be assessed tuition at the current rate in place at for the returning term. At that point, you will once again lock into your tuition at the new rate until you reach the eight-semester maximum.

How will the Fixed Tuition Benefit look on my bill?

An example fixed tuition bill, which states, "the student is being billed fall tuition and is receiving a tuition benefit toward that charge.