Tuition & Fees

Your education is a big investment, and UNC Asheville offers a broad program of financial aid to make it as affordable as possible. Consistently named a Best Buy or Best Value by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, we enjoy working one-on-one with students and families to make the most of your financial aid options. Learn more about the financial aid we offer and how to apply.

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2018-19 Annual Direct Cost

The annual direct cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, housing and dining services for the 2018-19 academic year:

  • In-state: $16,525
  • Out-of-state: $33,248

2018-19 Budgeted Cost

The budgeted cost of attendance includes direct cost plus estimates for books and supplies, transportation, and miscellaneous expenses for the 2018-19 academic year:

  • In-state: $20,189
  • Out-of-state: $38,012

Financial aid awards are based on the budgeted cost of attendance to maximize affordability. 


Tuition & Fees Per Semester Breakdown

Credit Hours per Semester 2018-19 In-State Residents Out-of-State Residents
12+ (full time) $3,572.50 $11,934.00
9-11 $2,687.50 $8,958.63
6-8 $1,802.50 $5,983.25
1-5 $917.50 $3,007.88

Fixed Tuition Program

Incoming UNC Asheville in-state undergraduate degree-seeking students are eligible for the same tuition rate for eight continuous enrollment semesters. Incoming transfer students are eligible for the same tuition rate for eight continuous enrollment semesters, less the number of equivalent transfer semesters. Required fees are not included in the tuition rate and may increase annually. Learn more about North Carolina's Fixed Tuition Program.


2018-19 Residence Hall & Meal Plan Charges

Room & Board Options Cost
Resident Meal Plan $2,046.00 per semester
Standard Double - Founders Hall, Governors Hall, Mills Hall, South & West Ridge Halls $2,644.00 per semester
Double - Ponder Hall $2,719.00 per semester
Double - The Woods* $3,578.00 per semester
Single - Governors Hall/Village $3,364.00 per semester
Single - Ponder Hall $3,464.00 per semester
Single - The Woods* $4,028.00 per semester
Year Round - The Woods (Double)* $4,571.00 per semester
Year Round - The Woods (Single)* $5,146.00 per semester

*Residents of The Woods are not required to have a meal plan.


For Engineering Students – Engineering Enhancement Fee

Initially, the fee will be set at a level no higher than $500 per year in the first year (2018-19). The fee will be set at a maximum of $1,000 per year in the second year (2019-20). The fee is charged each semester based on the number of Engineering course credit hours in which the student is enrolled.

2018-19 Semester Charges for Engineering Courses (E, ECE, ENGR, JEM, MAE, MSE):

  • 1-4 hours: $62.50 per semester
  • 5-8 hours: $125 per semester
  • 9 or more hours: $250 per semester

Why are fees being charged?

Additional funding is necessary to provide a student-centered engineering education at the level of excellence consistent with our accreditor’s standards. Engineering education is costly, particularly because it is most effective with smaller class sizes and with equipment and laboratories that are at the forefront of technology. Furthermore, the professional development and preparation that happens outside of the course schedule is more necessary as the field continues to evolve.

These fees enable the University to provide the high-quality learning environment that students desire. Like the basic tuition and fees, these additional amounts help to cover indirect costs associated with UNCA’s role as North Carolina’s Public Liberal Arts University. The amount that students pay in tuition and required fees represents a sizable and important investment in their future. However, student payments alone do not cover the full cost of providing any of UNCA’s educational programs. Even after state appropriations are included, Engineering programs require supplemental tuition or student fees in order to provide the leading-edge learning experiences and facilities that students need.

What will the Engineering fee be used for?

The fee will be used to support the activities of students in both the 2+2 Engineering Program and the Joint Mechatronics Engineering Program, including:

  • Purchase and upgrade of equipment
  • Upgrade and expansion of Engineering program infrastructure and laboratory facilities
  • Senior research projects (supplies, travel, and related costs not covered by the NCSU College of Engineering budget to UNC Asheville)
  • Undergraduate research (travel for research purposes, travel to conferences, and related costs)
  • Development of career readiness and Engineering entrepreneurship programs
  • Annual seminar series and high-profile speakers
  • Professional development for students and faculty

Do other schools have similar fees?

Yes, our primary collaborating partner in the Joint Mechatronics Engineering degree, NC State University, has had a fee of this kind for several years. It will be increasing to $1500 in the 2018-19 academic year.

Other engineering schools and programs within the UNC System and in the COPLAC Consortium also have similar fees. UNC Asheville’s Engineering fee is in line with other fees of its type, as is its overall cost of attendance. It is important to note that our 2+2 Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering degrees are accredited, while other institutions’ programs may not be.