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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 4.5 hours over the course of both summer terms 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 March 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.


For students seeking residency please visit the Residency Determination Service to apply for residency.   If you are approved for residency, you will enter your residency approval code in Connect Carolina. If you need assistance please call the University Registrar at 919-962-3954.

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 current information on the per credit hour charges for the transitional physical therapy program at the top of page 10 of the 2020-21 Tuition & Fees chart.

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, Senior Assistant Director of Student Services and Financial Aid at