Student Accounts & Cashier Office

Fall 2020 Billing/Scheduling FAQ for Students


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Tuition & Fees

Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Undergraduate

Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Graduate


...if you decide not to attend a class you are registered for, you must drop it. Not dropping before the posted add/drop date can have academic and financial implications.

*UNCW Student Accounts still reserves the right to drop classes for non-payment.


Some or all instructional formats for all or part of the 2020-2021 academic year may change due to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19 pandemic.  As has always been the case, tuition and fees are charged at the beginning of the semester and will remain in place regardless of any changes in instructional format.  Tuition and fees will not be refunded in the event that instructional format changes for any part of the 2020-2021 academic year.  


Main Campus vs Extension Tuition and Fees

A full-time regular-term student is an undergraduate student that is enrolled in 12 or more credit hours of on-campus courses or a graduate student enrolled in 9 or more credit hours of on-campus courses. These students will be billed according to the Campus Rates for tuition and fees for all courses (including extension courses) and not billed at the Extension/Distance Education Rates.

Students enrolled in a combination of campus and extension courses (not meeting the definition of full-time regular-term student) will be billed at campus rates for main campus courses and billed at the extension rates for distance education courses (section 800).

Note: Full-time enrollment status may be determined differently for purposes other than tuition billing; i.e. financial aid.

Non-degree seeking students:

  • Non-degree seeking students who do not hold a bachelor degree shall be charged the appropriate undergraduate tuition rate.
  • Non-degree seeking students already holding a bachelor degree shall be charged the appropriate undergraduate tuition rate for any undergraduate level course and the appropriate graduate tuition rate for any graduate level courses taken.

Degree seeking students:

Will be billed at the student level for all courses taken-i.e., Graduate students enrolled in an undergraduate class will still be billed the graduate level rates for that class.

* Thesis courses are billed for 1 credit hour at the in-state distance education graduate rate.  Students enrolled in only thesis courses are not charged mandatory fees which cover the use of the campus recreation center. 
Students enrolled in thesis only will be charged for the use of the recreation center at the time of visit.


Auditors will be billed tuition and fees for audited classes. You may review additional information on the Registrar's website

Education and Technology Fee explanation

The Education and Technology Fee (ETF) advances the quality of learning experiences and outcomes for students. It does this by embracing emerging opportunities that differentiate the learning experience beyond what appropriated funding allows, while remaining accountable to students, the university, and the state, for return on technology investments.

Security Fee

To assist in Campus-based and UNC system-wide safety and new security initiatives, staffing and security measures.


For Distance Education/Extension courses that require proctored exams, there may be additional fees for the verification of student identity. Students may also be required to find an independent testing facility for these exams. Contact the course instructor for more information.




Fall 2020 Billing/Scheduling FAQ for Students

Student Accounts and Cashier’s Office

Fall 2020 Billing/Scheduling FAQ for Students

How do students know how much they owe for tuition and fees for fall?

Are students notified when their bill changes?

How are tuition and fees being calculated and assessed?

What has changed in light of COVID-19?

If some of my classes have been changed from main campus to extension, how will this affect my student bill?

How will tuition and fees be affected if the university has to switch to an all-online instructional format this year?

How long do I have to decide if I want to remain in the classes that have been changed from main campus to extension?

Is it possible for a student to take off a semester or a year to avoid exposure to COVID-19?

If my classes have all been changed to Extension courses how can I receive a refund for my parking charge?