We believe that money shouldn’t stand in the way of your education. At UNC Asheville, we offer a full range of merit- and need-based financial aid options, and we will work one-on-one with you to make your education possible.

Explore Financial Aid Options

Understanding your financial aid options starts with understanding how much college will cost you. Then, you can learn more about different kinds of financial aid, identify what you are eligible for, and learn how to apply.

Net Price Calculator

Estimating what you will pay for college can be challenging, but using our Net Price Calculator makes it much simpler. The Net Price Calculator is a secure tool that provides you with a personalized net price estimate based on your unique characteristics, cost of attendance, and the financial aid provided to UNC Asheville students in the previous year.

Our Commitment to Affordability


of students receive financial aid


in annual scholarships to students


less than the national average for median monthly payment among UNCA graduate loan holders

Our Financial Aid Team

Shannon Shepherd
Director of Financial Aid

Email: sshepher@unca.edu
Phone: 828-251-6543
Office: 238 Brown Hall, CPO 1330

Adrienne Lennon
Financial Aid Counselor

Email: alennon@unca.edu
Phone: 828.251.6985
Office: 241 Brown Hall

Vicki McElheny
Financial Aid Counselor

Email: vmcelhen@unca.edu
Phone: 828.251.6536
Office: 242 Brown Hall

Hunter Yarborough
Associate Director of Financial Aid

Email: hyarboro@unca.edu
Phone: 828.251.6535
Office: 239 Brown Hall

Connect to Financial Aid Resources

Our team of admission and financial aid counselors are here to help you understand your options and navigate the process of applying for financial aid.

Federal Emergency Grants for Students

In response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Congress authorized federal financial support to institutions. A significant portion of the funding is for direct student emergency grants.

UNC Asheville’s Student Emergency Fund

Current students who meet certain criteria may be eligible to receive financial assistance from UNC Asheville’s Student Emergency Fund.

Have Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Team! 

Ask questions and get advice from the University of North Carolina Asheville if you need assistance with applying for Financial Aid.