Employee Benefits

Check with your employer about possible educational benefits that may be available for you to pursue an additional degree. Some students have found support for a course a term from their workplace, reducing the cost of attending the program.

Financial Aid

Admitted, degree-seeking graduate students enrolled for a minimum of 4.5 hours in a semester or 1.5 hours in a summer term are eligible to apply for Federal Direct Loans through the US Department of Education. You would do this by first completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and listing UNC’s School Code of 002974. We recommend that all students complete the FAFSA as early as possible after May 1 of each year. The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid would then process your FAFSA and let you know your eligibility. You can choose to use your full award or reduce the amount offered to you or decline it all it together. You are not required to use loans to pay for your education.


Admitted students interested in declaring North Carolina residency for tuition purposes will be required to complete a Residence and Tuition Status Application and submit their hard copy application and supporting documents to the residency coordinator for the Department of Allied Health Sciences. We are not able to coach you through your application – there is a residency guide available on the University Registrar’s website that you should review to see what kind of supporting documentation you will need to submit.

There are strict, state-ordered deadlines for submitting your residency application. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be evaluated.

Applications with all supporting deadlines must be filed by 5:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Fall 2017 – September 5, 2017

NC Forgivable Education Loans for Service

The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority has a forgivable loan program for North Carolina resident undergraduate and graduate students who plan to work in career fields considered important to the state. These loans are administered and awarded through the College Foundation of North Carolina.

Divisional Scholarship funds

A portion of tDPT tuition is returned to the Division of Physical Therapy each term for tDPT scholarship benefits. We typically award these funds to students who do not have other means of support for school expenses a pro-rated based on the number of credit hours they take for that term. This typically amounts to $300 to $500 per term.

Payment Plan

The University Cashier has information on tuition charges and a payment plan for students who wish to divide their academic year or semester costs and spread them out. The payment plan is not available for the summer. You can find information here.

Tuition is set each July by the North Carolina General Assembly, so costs may vary throughout your time in the program.

If you have additional questions about financial aid options, feel free to email Perry Studevent, Assistant Director of Student Services and Financial Aid at perry_studevent@med.unc.edu.