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Tuition & Scholarships

Tuition

Tuition for the online format of the MPA program, MPA@UNC, is charged at a per credit rate of $1,173.33 per credit. Students who start the program in the 2016–17 academic year can expect to pay at least $52,800 for the entire program. Click here for additional MPA@UNC tuition, financial aid, and fellowship information.

Tuition for the on-campus format of the MPA program is as follows:

Per Semester for Academic Year 2016–2017
    NC Resident Non-NC Resident
    Tuition Fees Total Tuition Fees Total
Credit Hours: 0-2.9 hours $1,324.13 $981.58 $2,305.71 $3,475.50 $981.58 $4,457.08
  3-5.9 hours $2,648.25 $981.58 $3,629.83 $6,951.00 $981.58 $7,932.58
  6-8.9 hours $3,972.38 $981.58 $4,953.96 $10,426.50 $981.58 $11,408.08
Full Load 9 and above $5,296.50 $981.58 $6,278.08 $13,902.00 $981.58 $14,883.58

Financial Aid

The on-campus MPA program provides financial assistance to many of its students. Research assistantships or partial scholarships are available to top candidates. Furthermore, some students become involved with School of Government projects or work with other university, governmental, or nonprofit organizations as paid part-time graduate assistants. Students coming from other states are encouraged to gain North Carolina resident status after their first year.

Information on current tuition rates for in-state and out-of-state students for the 2016–17 academic year can be found here. For both formats of the program, students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at https://fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA should be completed annually for each academic year of enrollment in the MPA program. Please note applicants will not be reviewed for financial aid until they are officially admitted into the program.

  • Loans

    Loans are available on the student’s own initiative from the Insured Student Loan Program. Information about this program is available from the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, 111 Pettigrew Hall, P.O. Box 1080, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, 919.962.8396, aidinfo@unc.edu.

    Federal Direct Loans

    The Federal Direct Loan program is available to all U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents who meet basic Federal requirements (i.e. student has never defaulted on a Federal loan and/or is not currently involved in filing bankruptcy). Students are eligible to borrow a maximum of $20,500 per academic year through the Federal Direct Loan Program.

    Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans

    Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans provide additional funding for those students (US citizens and permanent residents only) whose costs exceed the maximum Direct Loan eligibility of $20,500 per academic year. Students should exhaust their Federal Direct Loan eligibility before pursuing a Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. The interest rate for Graduate PLUS loans is a fixed 7.9 percent. See page 4 for terms and conditions of the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan program.

    Private Loans

    Private loans provide additional funding for those students (US citizens and permanent residents) whose costs exceed the maximum Direct Loan eligibility of $20,500 per academic year. Students usually exhaust their Federal Direct Loan eligibility before pursuing a private education loan. The interest rate for private education loans is variable and is based on either the Prime Rate or LIBOR. See page 4 for general terms and conditions for private loans.

  • Veterans Benefits

    To receive benefits, you must apply through the Department of Veterans Affairs. For instructions and application forms, please visit the VA website or contact the VA by phone at 1.888.GIBILL1. The submission of electronic applications using the VONAPP process is strongly encouraged. Information about the VA Application Process can be found on the University Registrar’s Website.

  • Carolina MPA On-Campus Student Support

    All accepted students are eligible for all scholarships that pertain to their areas of interest and/or academic background; the majority of scholarships support on-campus format students. The MPA program provides financial assistance to every student that is a North Carolina resident and strives to provide financial assistance to every out-of-state student.

    Commitments are made for one year only. The MPA program is unable to provide scholarship funding for international students.

    The following scholarships and fellowships are awarded annually to qualified on-campus format students:

    Ronald Aycock Public Administration Scholarship

    The Ronald Aycock Public Administration Scholarship is awarded annually to an academically outstanding student who demonstrates a commitment to the study of public service. The scholarship honors Aycock’s more than 30 years of dedicated public service to county governments in North Carolina.

    Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. Public Administration Fellowship

    The Robert W. Bradshaw Jr. Public Administration Fellowship is awarded to an academically outstanding MPA student with a demonstrated desire to pursue a career in public service. The scholarship honors Bradshaw who was a mentor and advisor to many local government officials throughout his career.

    MPA Class of ’74 Scholarship

    The MPA Class of ’74 Scholarship is awarded annually to an academically distinguished MPA student who aspires to enter or continue a career in local government. The class of ’74 comprises exceptional leaders and successful individuals with careers in diverse fields of public service.

    Jean D. Coble Scholarship

    The Jean D. Coble Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering MPA student. The scholarship was established to honor Jean Coble, who dedicated 32 years of service to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 18 of those to the MPA program.

    Diversity in Public Service Scholarship

    The Diversity in Public Service Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering student or students who contribute to and enrich the program’s diversity. The Scholarship was created in 2005 by MPA alumnus James Howerton and is supported by MPA alumni, faculty, and friends.

    John Milton Gold Scholarship

    The John Milton Gold Scholarship is awarded by the North Carolina City and County Management Association (NCCCMA) to an academically outstanding student who has expressed a desire to pursue a career in local government.

    Hayman-Howard-Wright Scholarship

    The Hayman-Howard-Wright Scholarship is awarded to academically excellent students who are returning to the classroom after gaining valuable work experience.

    Robert House Public Administration Scholarship

    The Robert House scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates a desire to pursue a career in local government. The scholarship is made possible by gifts in memory of G. Robert “Bob” House, who had a distinguished career in local government in North Carolina and Virginia

    J. Edward Kitchen Scholarship

    The J. Edward Kitchen Scholarship provides support to an academically outstanding MPA student. The scholarship was established by the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro to honor Ed Kitchen, a UNC-Chapel alumnus and the former city manager of Greensboro, North Carolina.

    North Carolina Local Government Scholarship Fund

    The North Carolina Local Government Scholarship is awarded annually to a second-year MPA student who intends to pursue a career in local government. Edward A. Wyatt endowed the scholarship in 2005, following a distinguished career in local government.

    Nanette V. Mengel Scholarship

    The Nanette V. Mengel Scholarship is awarded to several academically outstanding MPA students each year. Mengel taught the communications class in the MPA Program for 23 years and taught classes in many other departments at UNC-Chapel Hill. The scholarship was established by Mengel's family to honor and celebrate her life and work.

    Preyer Family Scholarship

    The Preyer Family Scholarship is awarded to several academically exceptional students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in nonprofit management. The scholarship is supported and maintained by the L. Richard Preyer family.

    The Doug and Sharon Rothwell Master of Public Administration Scholarship

    The Rothwell Scholarship, endowed by MPA alumni Sharon and A. Douglas Rothwell, is a premier MPA scholarship and is awarded annually to an academically outstanding student.

    Betsy Ross Howe Stafford Scholarship

    The Betsy Ross Howe Stafford Scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates an interest in a career in local government administration. Stafford graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and had a distinguished career in federal government administration.

    Richard Y. Stevens Scholarship

    The Richard Y. Stevens Scholarship is awarded annually to an academically distinguished MPA student who aspires to enter or continue a career in local or state government. Stevens graduated from the MPA program in 1978.

    A. John Vogt Scholarship

    The A. John Vogt Scholarship is awarded to an academically exceptional student who demonstrates a commitment to the study of public administration. The Scholarship honors Vogt’s 30-year career with the School of Government and his contributions to the study of public finance.

    The James L. Westbrook, Jr. and Ashley Westbrook Turton Memorial Scholarship

    The James L. Westbrook Jr. and Ashley Westbrook Turton Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an MPA student who is interested in a career in local, state, or federal government. The scholarship honors the lives and accomplishments of the late James L. Westbrook and his daughter Ashley Turton.

    Paul Wager Scholarship

    The Paul Wager Scholarship is awarded to an MPA student with an exceptional academic record. The scholarship was established by School of Government Professor Donald Hayman to honor fellow faculty member, Professor Paul Wager.

    The Gordon Whitaker Scholarship

    The Gordon Whitaker Scholarship is awarded to a second-year MPA student who has an excellent academic record. The scholarship was created to honor Professor Whitaker’s outstanding, 39-year career in public service.

    The J. Thomas Lundy Leadership in Public Service Scholarship

    The J. Thomas Lundy Leadership in Public Service Scholarship is awarded to an academically outstanding MPA student with a demonstrated desire to pursue a career in local government. This scholarship was created to honor Lundy’s career as a county manager in Catawba County and his belief in the program’s mission of preparing future public service leaders.

  • MPA@UNC Student Support

    MPA@UNC applicants accepted for admission are automatically considered for MPA@UNC Fellowships*. MPA@UNC awards a limited number of partial tuition fellowships to outstanding students who demonstrate excellence throughout their applications.

    The North Carolina Public Service Fellowship is available to North Carolina residents who are active and effective participants in public service. Fellowship recipients are selected based on the merit of their application, their demonstrated commitment to public service in the state of North Carolina, and their potential as aspiring public service leaders.

    The North Carolina Public Leaders Fellowship is available to public service employees in North Carolina who demonstrate significant potential as public service leaders. This fellowship is awarded to individuals who can effectively convey the academic contributions they will make as students in the MPA@UNC program and as alumni. Fellowship recipients are selected based on the merit of their application, potential as a future North Carolina public service leader, and experience in public service.

    AmeriCorps Alums provides opportunities for members to develop professionally, expand their network, and continue to serve their communities. MPA@UNC has partnered with AmeriCorps Alums to provide a fellowship to qualifying members who are accepted and enroll in the online format of our Master of Public Administration program.

    International City/County Management Association advances professional local government worldwide. MPA@UNC has partnered with ICMA to provide a fellowship to qualifying members who are accepted and enroll in the online format of our Master of Public Administration program.

    International Public Management Association for Human Resources is the leading public sector human resource organization in the world. MPA@UNC has partnered with IPMA-HR to provide a fellowship to qualifying members who are accepted and enroll in the online format of our Master of Public Administration program.

    National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. MPA@UNC has partnered with NLC to provide a fellowship to qualifying members who are accepted and enroll in the online format of our Master of Public Administration program.

    *To be eligible for these fellowships, you must inform your admissions counselor that you may qualify before submitting the application. If you would like to know more about these partnerships, contact an admissions counselor at 855-862-4672 or via e-mail for more information.

    MPA Online Student Endowment

    The Master of Public Administration Online Student Support Endowment supports MPA@UNC students committed to public service leadership. The endowment was created by MPA@UNC alumnus Mike Silver ‘15, who, as one of the first MPA@UNC graduates, saw a need for establishing a fund designated to support students of the online format of the program.