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To: Campus Unit Finance Leads
From: Nikkia Sheppard Lynch, Academic Finance

Beginning Fall 2021, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the other UNC System campuses will move to a per credit hour (PCH) tuition billing model to prorate tuition for students enrolled in less than a full course load. A full course load is defined as 12 credit hours or more for undergraduate students, or 9 credit hours or more for graduates per semester. This tuition billing change will not apply to undergraduate resident students eligible for the Fixed Tuition program as of the 2020-21 academic year. The tuition rate for those students is locked into the previous block, or stair-step, billing model. Students enrolled in a full course load during the semester will continue to be assessed the full load maximum tuition rate for their classification.

Students enrolled in Distance Education programs will continue with per credit hour billing, however the per credit hour calculation will change to be consistent with on campus programs. In addition, the semester tuition for Distance Education students will be capped once a student enrolls in a full course load.

Information about this billing model change was originally shared via the March 26, 2021, joint AY2021-22 Tuition and Fee Authorization Memo from Nathan Knuffman, CFO and Robert Blouin, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. The attached tuition summary has been updated to include the prorated PCH and maximum semester tuition rates for the 2021-22 academic year. The prorated cumulative school based tuition rates are also included in the file.

Additional information about this Fall 2021 tuition change will be posted on the University Cashier’s Office (UCO) website. The UCO website will include details to describe the change including who will, or will not, be affected. Ongoing updates to the site will include the undergraduate and graduate rate detail reflected in the attached file. You are encouraged to continue to use, and direct people to, the UCO website as the official source of information for current tuition and fee rates and policies. Your review of the site is appreciated. Please note that any AY2021-22 rates posted on the UCO websites will be estimates until tuition and fee rates are finalized as part of the state’s budget approval process.

Nikkia Sheppard Lynch
Business Officer, Academic Finance
Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
218 South Building; Campus Box 8000
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8000

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