UNCG Fixed Tuition Guarantee

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is implementing the Fixed Tuition Program as required by North Carolina General Statute § 116-143.9  that requires tuition rates at all UNC institutions be fixed for eight consecutive semesters (not including summer sessions) for all North Carolina residents who are first-time undergraduate students seeking a baccalaureate degree. Tuition rates for other eligible currently enrolled resident undergraduates and eligible transfer students will be fixed for an appropriate pro-rated number of consecutive semesters.   At the end of the fixed tuition period, the cost of tuition for any additional academic semesters  reverts to the amount of the current tuition rate at UNCG, as well as a tuition surcharge (G.S. 116-143.7),  if applicable.

A student must remain continuously enrolled at the constituent institution during the entire tuition period to receive this benefit

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

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

Once a student breaks continuous enrollment at UNCG, they are no longer eligible for the current rate of fixed tuition at UNCG.

The statute only guarantees tuition rates.  The guarantee does not apply to room and board, mandatory fees, program fees, tuition differentials, and/or course-specific fees.  Further, the guarantee does not apply to graduate, professional, non-degree seeking, or non-resident students.   The guarantee does not apply to summer sessions.

Administration

The Guaranteed Tuition Plan becomes effective with the Fall 2016 cohort of current and newly enrolled UNCG undergraduate NC resident students.  The Guarantee will extend consecutive semesters upon initial enrollment at UNCG for new first-time students or the appropriate balance of that after making proper adjustments for an undergraduate NC resident student who transfers to UNCG.  For example, if a newly enrolled freshman non-transfer student enters UNCG in the Fall 2016 semester, the Guarantee for that student will generally expire at the end of the Spring 2020 semester.  The cohort and tuition rate to which a student is initially assigned is based on the term in which the student first enrolls at UNCG.

Students who are guaranteed to have a fixed tuition rate for eight consecutive semesters upon initial enrollment at UNCG include resident undergraduate non-transfer students seeking a baccalaureate degree who first enroll at UNCG during the Fall 2016 term or later.

At the end of the guaranteed tuition period the cost of tuition for any additional academic semesters reverts to the amount of UNCG’s current tuition rate and a tuition surcharge imposed under G.S. 116-143.7 if applicable.  The new rate will be the current tuition rate in effect for that term for new students.

Students Exempt from Fixed Tuition

Students who do not qualify for fixed tuition include: continuing education, early college students while enrolled in high school, consortium, dual-enrollment program, second degree seeking, transient, nonresident students, non-degree seeking, graduate and professional students, and students whose guarantee has expired.

Additional information

Additional information about the Tuition Guarantee Program can be found at the following link:

Policy for the Tuition Guarantee Program (UNC Policy Manual 1000.1.7)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does withdrawal affect my Guarantee?
    Students who withdraw will not be granted an extension of their Guarantee.  If they are later re-enrolled, they will be assessed at the current semester (non-guaranteed) tuition rate for new students.
  2. What if I change majors?
    Students changing majors or colleges will maintain their cohort status and will be assessed tuition based on their new major.  Their cohort and the Guarantee expiration date will not change.
  3. Does the Guarantee cover other fees and room/board?
    No.  The four-year Guarantee will apply only to tuition approved by the UNC Board of Governors
  4. What if I’m a graduate student enrolled in undergraduate courses?
    Students classified (admitted) as graduate students are not eligible for the Guarantee regardless of the level of the course(s) in which they choose to enroll.
  5. What if I’m transferring from another college?
    All undergraduate degree-seeking students transferring to UNCG will be considered for an adjusted guarantee, unless excluded as indicated herein.
  6. What happens if I change my status from non-resident to resident?
    Students who are originally classified as nonresident for tuition purposes and subsequently are reclassified as a resident for tuition purposes will be eligible for fixed tuition at UNCG’s current rate for the balance of their remaining eligibility period.
  7. Does this Guarantee apply to part-time students?
    Rules for the determination of cohort status are not affected by full or part-time status.  Part-time students will be assigned to a cohort based upon the first term of initial enrollment at UNCG.
  8. What if I become a graduate student or professional student before I have completely used up my four-year Guarantee?
    The Guarantee does not cover being classified as a graduate or professional student.  You will be assessed graduate or professional tuition under the then-prevailing tuition structure.

Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 Tuition and Fee Schedule for Tuition Guarantee