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The University values learning and education for staff and faculty and their families and offers waivers, scholarships and other programs to help with the cost of classes. The comparison chart on this page outlines the coverage and eligibility details for our current programs for employees. For more information about the specific programs, see the links on the Educational Assistance webpage.


Education Program Comparison Chart

Use the table below to see what our University education programs cover and to determine who is eligible to participate.

Program What is Covered? Employee Eligible? Spouse or Children Eligible?
Tuition Waivers Up to 3 classes per academic year at any UNC system school. Not all classes accept tuition waivers, so employee must verify their use Yes
Only the employee can use tuition waiver
Spouse or children are not eligible to use tuition waivers
Student Fee Waivers Allows waiving of student fees when taking a class at UNC Chapel Hill. This includes gym fees, student health fees, etc. Yes
Employee is eligible for this waiver
Only the employee’s spouse is eligible for this waiver
Educational Assistance Program Allows a department to offset the cost of an employee taking in-person or online classes at other schools or at UNC-Chapel Hill Yes
Only the employee can request educational assistance
Spouse or children are not eligible to use this program
Carolina Family Scholarship Need-based scholarship used for study at any accredited North Carolina post-secondary public institution, including any of the 16 institutions in the UNC system as well as local community and technical colleges. Only for children of UNC-Chapel Hill employees No Only children of UNC-Chapel Hill employees can apply
Employee, Spouse and Dependent Scholarship Provides financial assistance to eligible employees and their dependents pursuing an undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. Employees must first use Tuition Waiver, if available Yes, but employees must use tuition waivers first Yes
Employee’s spouse and children may apply if attending undergraduate courses at UNC-Chapel Hill
Part-time Classroom Studies For UNC employees who have not yet earned a Bachelor’s degree and are seeking to complete a degree Yes Yes
This program is open to any UNC-Chapel Hill employee or any local high school student



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