Aid Basics

The FAFSA is changing for the 2024-2025 aid year. As the Department of Education works to finalize the FAFSA Simplifcation act, know that Charlotte is committed to communicating changes to the awarding process and anticipated impacts to our students and families as soon as details are confirmed. Please monitor your University email for additional information.

If applying for financial aid for the 2024-2025 aid year, follow these 4 steps to financial aid:

Step 1: Apply for aid

Step 2: Review and accept your OFFer

Step 3: Receive your aid

  • Some refunds will go out the first week of class. Grants and scholarships may not disburse until after the drop/add period ends

Step 4: Maintain eligibility

Types of Financial Aid

  • Federal grants
  • State grants
  • Student and parent loans
  • Work-study employment
  • Scholarships

When to Apply

It’s important to get started applying for financial aid as soon as possible. Begin the process of gathering your information early. The information below is applicable for the 2024-2025 aid year.

Dec. 31, 2023 – FAFSA opens
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available online at
  • You will need to have your completed prior year’s federal income tax returns (and those of your parents or spouse, if applicable) with you when you fill out the FAFSA.
  • Enter the UNC Charlotte school code in the school section so we receive your application. Our school code is 002975.
March 1, 2024 – Priority Deadline
  • If you submit your FAFSA by March 1, then we expect to receive your student aid data by mid-March.
    • New students can anticipate receiving their aid offer in April.
    • Continuing students can anticipate receiving their aid offer in May.
  • To view your award, log into using your NinerNET username and password and click on the Banner Self-Service icon.
After March 1 – Awarding continues as funds available
  • If you are unable to file by March 1 but you submit your FAFSA by the second priority deadline of March 15, we anticipate receiving your FAFSA data sometime in late March or early April.
July – Billing period begins for enrolled students
  • Students enrolled for Fall (those registered for classes) will receive an eBill via their campus email in July. Paper bills will NOT be mailed.
  • The eBill reflects all charges and credits on your account. The payment due date will be posted on the eBill.
  • You may enroll in a Payment Plan to spread out payments into installments.
  • A non-refundable enrollment fee of $55 will be charged when you sign up for the payment plan each semester or $99 for the academic year.