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IRS Data Retrieval Tool Unavailable 

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE: The IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) on and is unavailable. They are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. However, at this time, the IRS anticipates the online data tool will be unavailable until further notice. 

    This does not limit your ability to apply for financial aid. Applicants have other options while the data tool is unavailable. Applicants filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can still manually provide the requested financial information from copies of their tax returns.

    Students selected for verification should request the IRS Tax Transcript.



Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

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Know What You Owe 

Know about the student loans you owe!  Did you borrow to pay for college? What is the balance of your student loans? When do you have to start paying your loans back? Where will you send the payments? Did you know that you may be eligible for a .25% percent rate reduction if you set up auto-debit?

Take the first steps in managing your credit and student loans by viewing your My Federal Student Aid account at and get an overview of all of your federal loans. At that site, you also can find out who services your loan. 

If you have received a subsidized, unsubsidized or Graduate PLUS loan under the Direct Loan Program, you must complete exit counseling when you drop below half-time enrollment, graduate, or leave school.

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UNCW Student Debt Low Compared to Other Colleges and Universities  

In a study of 1200 colleges and universities, UNCW students are reported to have lower student loan debt than students at other institutions. Read more



2017-2018 FAFSA Application OPEN 

April 26

Last Day of Classes

April 27

Reading Day

May 3 

OSFA Office Closed 10:45 a.m. - 2: 45 p.m. Staff Development 

May 4

Spring Semester Ends

May 5 & 6


May 6

Academic Year Ends

May 8- Aug 4 

Summer Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m. - 11: 30 a.m.

May 12

On-campus housing opens 10 a.m.

May 15-16

Transfer student orientation and advising

May 17 

Classes begin for Summer 1 and Full Term Summer

May 18 

Last day for registration/Last day to drop(without a grade) or add a class for Summer 1 and Full Term Summer; UNC Census Day

May 19

Late Registration Fee for Reinstatement

Payment Due for Session 1 and Full Term 

Please visit the 
University's Academic Calendar for campus-wide
holidays,closings and events.

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