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Cost of Attendance

Additional Costs

In addition to tuition and student fees, you should budget for some additional costs as part of your graduate school education, such as the items listed below.  Find more information on the Additional Costs document here.

  • Fieldwork
  • Books
  • Research projects

Estimates for other costs incurred in Graduate School can be found on the Scholarships and Student Aid webpage.

Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy Scholarships

The division offers several scholarships for student support. Students offered admission to the program will receive information about these awards when it becomes available.

Other Financial Aid Information

Forgivable Educational Loans for Service (FELS)

The FELS program is administered by the NC General Assembly and is designed to provide financial support for “qualified students enrolled in an approved education program and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina.”

Occupational therapy is among the critical shortage professions in NC, and Masters degree students are eligible for up to $10,000/year. You must be a NC resident to qualify for this program. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please go to:

For 2024, applications opened on January 16 and the deadline is March 1. All completed applications will be put into a lottery system and recipients will be chosen randomly. The number of FELS awards given depends on the total amount of funding available at the time of the awards.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Office of Scholarships & Student Aid handles the application process for Federal Financial Aid. Only one application is required for graduate and professional students: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available at, UNC code 002974.

Submit the FAFSA on or before March 1st. Late applications are accepted, but the sooner you apply, the more aid might be available. Do not wait to hear if you have been admitted to apply for aid. You can file the forms during the application period and activate the Financial Aid application once admitted to the program.

In rare circumstances, additional information will be requested from you prior to determining eligibility. For any additional questions regarding financial aid, call the office at (919) 962-8396 or email

Other Financial Aid Resources: