Student Accounts & Cashier Office

Fixed Tuition Program

University of North Carolina Wilmington is implementing the Fixed Tuition Program as required by North Carolina General Statute § 116-143.9. As required, beginning with the fall 2016 semester, tuition rates at all UNC institutions will be fixed for eight consecutive semesters for all bachelor’s degree-seeking freshmen who are in-state residents for tuition purposes. Tuition rates for other currently enrolled resident undergraduates and eligible transfer students will be fixed for an appropriate number of consecutive semesters.

Continuous Enrollment is defined as a student being consecutively enrolled at UNCW for the fall and spring semesters in courses creditable toward a baccalaureate degree. 

A break in enrollment occurs when a student is not enrolled during two consecutive semesters at UNCW.  Students are not required to be enrolled during the summer term(s) to maintain continuous enrollment.

The provision includes flexibility regarding the semester limit for five-year programs and students who demonstrate a substantial disruption in their pursuit of a degree.

 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is this Predictable Tuition program available to all students at UNC Wilmington?

The program is limited to North Carolina residents only.  If you are an out-of-state resident, who feels that you qualify for
in-state residency, request a determination through the
North Carolina Residency Determination Service.
In addition, the following categories of students are not eligible for the Fixed Tuition Program: continuing education students; students currently enrolled in a cooperative innovative high school/early college, consortium, or dual-enrollment program; second degree seeking students; readmits who are not granted an appeal; non-degree seeking students; UNC Online, World Language; and graduate and professional students.

 Eligibility

The eligibility period begins for first-time or transfer students upon enrolling at UNCW for the fall or spring semester as a degree-seeking undergraduate. Semesters in which students completely withdraw from the institution before the completion of the term will be counted in the designated fixed-tuition time period.  

As required by statute, students who take more than 140 degree credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree in a
four-year program (or more than 110 percent of the credit hours necessary for a four- or five-year program) will be subject to a 50-percent tuition surcharge for credit hours in excess of 140.

How long does this program last?

The eligibility period begins for first-time or transfer students upon enrolling at UNC Wilmington for the fall or spring semester as a degree-seeking undergraduate. Semesters in which you completely withdraw from UNCW Wilmington, before the completion of the term, will be counted in the designated fixed-tuition time period.

I am a transfer student.  How do you determine the number of semesters I have used prior to UNC Wilmington?

Transfer students will receive fixed tuition for a prorated time period, based on credits accumulated at the transferring institution(s).  Every 15 transfer credit hours accepted will count as one semester against the number of semesters in the predictive tuition period.

I am already a UNC Wilmington student.  How do you determine the number of semesters I have used?

UNC Wilmington continuing students enrolled on the effective date (fall 2016 term) will received fixed tuition for a prorated time period.  Previously enrolled terms will be subtracted from the maximum eight semesters to determine the prorated terms remaining under the Predictive Tuition program.

 Five-Year Programs

Any program authorized by the Board of Governors to require 135 semester credit hours or more is officially designated as a five-year baccalaureate program. First-time students seeking a baccalaureate degree in five-year programs will be eligible for 10 consecutive academic semesters, not including summer sessions.

UNC Wilmington has a leave of absence policy whereby I can take a semester off without needing to re-enroll.  Does a leave of absence constitute as a break in attendance for this program?

Yes, for the purposes of the Predictive Tuition program, non-enrollment in any fall or spring semester would constitute a break of attendance.  Discuss potential conflicts with your academic advisor prior to any decision that might result in a break of attendance.  You are not required to be enrolled during the summer term(s) to maintain continuous enrollment.

I plan to study abroad next semester or in the future.  Does my study abroad constitute a break of attendance?

No.  Semesters spent in a study abroad program while continuously enrolled will count against your remaining tuition period, as would any other semester

Can UNC Wilmington send me a reminder when I get to the end of this fixed tuition time period?

UNC Wilmington staff are working to develop reminder emails to be sent in your last two semesters.

I have some unique circumstances that have affected my continuous enrollment.  Can I petition for a waiver?

Students who have interrupted continuous enrollment may petition for a waiver to retain initial fixed tuition under the following conditions: (1) military service obligation, (2) serious medical debilitation or (3) short- or long-term disability.  No retroactive changes will be approved.  A waiver applies to the current or a future semester.  Contact the Office of the Registrar or Office of Student Accounts for more guidance.

If I am disciplinarily suspended, how does this affect my eligibility for the Predictable Tuition program?

In the event you are suspended for disciplinary reasons, you will incur a break in attendance.  A break of attendance means that upon your re-enrollment, you will be assessed tuition at the current rate in place at for the returning term.  At that point, you will once again lock into your tuition at the new rate until you reach the eight semester maximum.  

 Students Exempt from Fixed Tuition

The following categories of students are not eligible for the Fixed Tuition Program: continuing education students; students currently enrolled in a cooperative innovative high school/early college, consortium, or dual-enrollment program; second degree seeking students; readmits who are not granted an appeal; non-degree seeking students; UNC Online, World Language; non-resident students; and graduate and professional students.

How will the Fixed Tuition Benefit look on my bill?

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