Required Fees

2019-20 Required Fees

Required fees are not additional fees; they are included in the Tuition & Fees listed here.

Fee TypeSemesterAnnual
Health Services$184.00$368.00
Student Activities$395.75$791.50
Educational & Technology$263.50$527.00
Debt Service$197.00$394.00
Association of Student Governments$0.50$1.00
Matriculation Fee$32.50$65.00
Safety Fee$15.00$30.00

Please note: Any special program fees are not included in the total above.

View the UNC Asheville Use of Tuition Statement.

Orientation Fee

A one-time non-refundable $150 orientation fee is charged to all new freshmen and transfer students. Students who attend orientation but subsequently do not attend UNC Asheville will still be billed for the orientation fee.

Late Fees and Interest on Past Due Accounts

Student accounts that become past due will be charged a late payment fee of 10% of the past due portion of the account. In addition, once an account becomes past due, interest will accrue and be posted to the account each month. The interest rate will be determined according to the State of North Carolina General Statue 105-241.1(i) and is subject to change every six months.

Schedule Reinstatement Fee

Students who pre-register for classes and whose class schedule is dropped for non-payment are subject to a $100 fee for reinstatement of their class schedule. Payment of this fee does not guarantee the student will get the same schedule back. Schedule reinstatement is subject to class availability.

Health Insurance Requirement

All students who are enrolled for six or more credit hours must have health insurance coverage. Students enrolled for six or more credit hours will receive a charge of $1,330 per semester for the UNC Asheville insurance coverage on their student account.

Students who have health insurance coverage can apply for a waiver of the insurance charge by going online at and providing their insurance information. Students must apply for the insurance waiver within 30 days of the beginning of the semester.

Students who are enrolled for six or more credit hours and who do not go online to apply for the insurance waiver or whose insurance waiver is not approved, will be required to pay the insurance charge for the semester and will be covered under UNC Asheville’s policy even though they have other insurance coverage.

Visit the Insurance section of the Health & Counseling webpages for more information regarding health insurance requirements.

Tuition Surcharge

The North Carolina General Assembly imposes a tuition surcharge on those students initially entering the University of North Carolina System as undergraduates if they take more than 140 attempted hours to complete degree requirements. Students seeking a second baccalaureate degree are allowed attempted hours to 110 percent of degree requirements before the surcharge is imposed. Students who exceed the attempted credit hour limits within the equivalent of four academic years of regular term enrollment, or within five academic years of regular term enrollment in a degree program officially designated by the Board of Governors as a five-year program, are not subject to the surcharge. The tuition surcharge approved by the General Assembly is 50 percent of the cost of tuition.


Tuition Surcharge CalculationsTuitionSurcharge Rate per Credit HourMaximum Surcharge for Full-Time Enrollment
Undergraduate NC Resident$2,061.00$85.88$1,030.50
Undergraduate Non-NC Resident$10,735.00$447.29$5,367.50

Use the Tuition Surcharge Calculator to estimate if and when the surcharge might affect you. 



  • Students who enrolled as degree-seeking students at UNC Asheville prior to August 1994
  • Students who complete their degree in eight (8) semesters or less of enrollment at all schools
  • Students not seeking a degree (i.e. non-degree status)

Hours Excluded

The following courses and credit hours are excluded from the tuition surcharge calculation:

  • those earned through the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or similar programs;
  • those earned through institutional advanced placement, course validation, or any similar procedure for awarding course credit;
  • those earned through summer session or extension programs on the campus or at another institution;
  • those attempted through course audits;
  • Military Science courses required to earn a military commission;
  • credit hours taken while enrolled as a high school student.

Notification of Surcharge

The tuition surcharge is normally calculated following the end of the drop/add period at the beginning of the Fall and Spring terms. It is not applicable to courses taken in the summer. Students being assessed the surcharge are sent an email from the Office of the Registrar notifying them of the number of hours on which the surcharge will be calculated. The Student Accounts Office is notified to assess the tuition surcharges. Charges will normally be billed within the first five weeks of the semester. The surcharge is only calculated on tuition. Required fees are not included in the assessment.

If you feel that an error was made in your surcharge calculation, you may submit the Tuition Surcharge Review Request form to the Office of the Registrar within two weeks of the email notification date.

Students are also notified each semester once they reach 110 attempted hours in an effort to warn them early of their approaching the surcharge threshold. This allows students time to plan accordingly and make adjustments as needed to finish degree requirements in a timely manner.

Tuition Surcharge Waiver Requests

The General Assembly amendment (Section 9.10.(a) of Session Law 2009-451) noted an intent to create waiver categories for the tuition surcharge and to require that the Board of Governors establish a waiver procedure for the UNC campuses to follow.  Specifically, it states that upon application by a student, the tuition surcharge shall be waived if the student demonstrates that any of the following have substantially disrupted or interrupted the student’s pursuit of a degree:

  • A military service obligation;
  • Serious medical debilitation;
  • A short-term or long-term disability; or
  • Other extraordinary hardship which can be documented.

Tuition Surcharge Waiver Request Form

If you feel that your personal circumstances fall into one of the four categories mentioned above, you should submit your written request within 30 business days of receiving the notice of the tuition surcharge. You must fill out the Tuition Surcharge Waiver Request form and include any supporting documentation to support your request. Once you have completed the form and attached your supporting documentation, please return it to:

Tuition Surcharge Waiver Appeals Committee
c/o UNC Asheville Office of the Registrar
1 University Heights, CPO 1570
Asheville, NC 28804

Waiver request forms and supporting documentation may also be faxed to the Office of the Registrar at 828.251.6492. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at 828.350.4500.