Financial Information

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee rates are listed on the Cashier's Office Web site under Charges for Attendance.

The Office of Scholarships and Student Aid provides estimates on the cost of attendance (including tuition, books, room and board, etc.) for one year at UNC.  The rates are listed below:

In addition, students should consider the cost of the required laptop computer.

NC Residency

Residents of North Carolina may attend UNC at Chapel Hill at a significantly lower cost. Please refer to the Graduate School's Web site for North Carolina Residency for Tuition Purposes, which contains information about NC residency requirements and how to apply for resident status.

Financial Aid

Undergraduate students are eligible for various campus scholarship programs and other financial aid through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.  Please refer to the Cost and Financial Aid page for the BSIS program.

Prospective masters students should apply for admission by mid-December to receive full consideration for financial aid. Details of the application deadlines are on the UNC Graduate School’s page for specific degree programs.


Need-based assistance is handled by the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid. Application is made by completing the FAFSA form and requesting that financial information be sent to UNC at Chapel Hill. For questions regarding need-based aid, please consult OSSA directly.


Most SILS financial aid and assistantships are given to students who begin their programs in summer or fall semesters; however, applicants should note that awards generally do not begin until the Fall semester. There is no separate application process for merit-based financial aid. 

Many SILS awards are of one-year duration; others are renewed for a second year, contingent upon academic and service performance. Second-year students have a number of opportunities to apply for part-time internships offered by area corporations, information agencies, or libraries.


SILS regularly provides merit-based funding to support our graduate students. Such funding may be in the form of graduate assistantships or non-service fellowships. Details on these Graduate Funding Possibilities are available on the SILS website.

External awards

External funding organizations have their own procedures and require a separate application. The School posts notices of award opportunities to bulletin boards and listservs.

UNC's Graduate Funding Information Center can help graduate students find fellowships and other funding opportunities. 


Numerous student assistant positions are available in on-campus and off-campus information technology units and libraries for students in SILS programs. Students must apply directly to the individual departments or organizations for these positions. The School receives notices of part-time job and internship opportunities and makes this information available to students via the SILS jobs listserv. In addition, students are encourage to review all the resources in the Careers section of the SILS website.