Cost of Attendance

More Cost of Attendance Info coming for 2023-2024 Academic Year

2023-2024 Cost of Attendance

In-State ResidentsOut-of-State-Residents
Full Time Tuition and Fees: $7,460Full Time Tuition and Fees: $24,808
Standard Double Residence Hall: $8,908Standard Double Residence Hall: $8,908
Unlimited Base Meal Plan: $4,888Unlimited Base Meal Plan: $4,888
Total Annual (Direct Cost): $21,256Total Annual (Direct Cost): $38,604
Other Cost (Indirect cost)Other Cost (Indirect cost)
Books: $1,200Books: $1,200
Personal: $1,300Personal: $1,300
Travel: $1,100Travel: $2,200
Total $3,600Total $4,700
Total Direct and Indirect Cost: Total Direct and Indirect Cost: 

What is the Cost of Attendance?

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate designed to help students determine
what it may cost to attend UNC Asheville for an academic year. The COA is not a
final bill but is an estimate of education expenses.

COA is based on full-time enrollment and is made up of direct and indirect costs.

  • Direct costs are the expenses that are billed to the student by the university.
    These expenses include tuition and fees, housing and meal plans.
  • Indirect costs are expenses a student will likely incur, but will not pay to the
    university. Indirect costs vary from student to student and may include
    personal expenses, transportation, books, and supplies.

Each student’s cost of attendance is based upon full-time enrollment and residency
status. The Office of Financial Aid reviews enrollment each semester after Census
(10th class day) and adjusts a student’s COA if needed.


2023-24 Tuition & Fees Per Semester Breakdown

Credit Hours per SemesterIn-State ResidentsOut-of-State Residents
Full Time (12+ hours)$3,730.50 total$12,404.50 total
Part Time Hourly Rate (1-11 hours)$308.17 per credit hour*$1,031.01 per credit hour*

*Plus a matriculation fee of $32.50 (per semester)

Note: Tuition rates are subject to change by the General Assembly.

Fixed Tuition Program

Incoming UNC Asheville in-state undergraduate degree-seeking students are eligible for the same tuition rate for eight continuous enrollment semesters. Incoming transfer students are eligible for the same tuition rate for eight continuous enrollment semesters, less the number of equivalent transfer semesters. Required fees are not included in the tuition rate and may increase annually. Learn more about North Carolina's Fixed Tuition Program.

Engineering Enhancement Fee

For information about the Engineering Enhancement fee, visit


2023-2024 Distance Learning Costs

Credit Hours per SemesterIn-State ResidentsOut-of-State Residents
Maximum Cost$2,382.00 total$11,056.00 total
Cost Per Credit Hour$198.50 per credit hour*$921.33 per credit hour*

*Plus a matriculation fee of $32.50 (per semester)


2023-2024 Graduate Student Costs

Credit Hours per SemesterIn-State ResidentsOut-of-State Residents
Full Time (9+ hours)$5,518.90 total$13,679.90 total
Part-Time Hourly Rate (1-8 hours)$454.90 per credit hour*$1,361.67 per credit hour*

*Plus a matriculation fee of $32.50 (per semester)


2023-24 Residence Hall & Meal Plan Fees

Please note all first-time freshmen are required to live on campus their first academic year, or if coming in as a new student for spring semester, the entire spring semester. The live-on-campus requirement also applies to students who were early/middle-college attendees.

Room & Board OptionsCost
Default Meal Plan for Residential Students$2,444.00 per semester (includes 7% sales tax) - For meal plan details, visit the Dining website.
Standard Double - Founders Hall, Governors Hall, Mills Hall, Ponder Hall, South & West Ridge Halls$3,065.00 per semester
Double - The Woods**$4,148.00 per semester
Single - Founders, Governors Hall/Village, & Mills, Ponder, South/West Ridge Halls$4,016.00 per semester
Single - The Woods**$4,669.00 per semester
Year Round - Single (Includes SU)$5,966.00 per semester

*Founders and Mills Halls are traditionally all double room occupancy. For the 2023-2024 academic year, we converted a few double rooms to single room occupancy in each of these residence halls. We will continue to offer this single room option in specially designated rooms through the 2023-2024 academic year. Please note that the additional room furniture will remain in these spaces.

Residential Meal Plan Options for 2023-2024

(includes 7% sales tax)

  • 21 Meals + $75.00: Enjoy 21 meals per week and $75 in Declining Balance. Of the 21 meals, 10 can be used as a Meal Equivalency at a retail location.
  • 14 Meals + $200.00: Enjoy 14 meals per week and $200 in Declining Balance. Of the 14 meals, 7 can be used as a Meal Equivalency at a retail location.
  • 10 Meals + $400.00: Enjoy 10 meals per week and $400 in Declining Balance. Of the 10 meals, 5 can be used as a Meal Equivalency at a retail location.
  • 7 Meals + $600.00: Enjoy 7 meals per week and $600 in Declining Balance. Of the 7 meals, 4 can be used as a Meal Equivalency at a retail location.
  • 200 Meals + $300.00: Enjoy 200 meals per semester and $300 in Declining Balance. Of the 200 meals, 50 can be used as a Meal Equivalency at a retail location. These 200 meals can be used at any time during the semester.

For more information about meal plans, visit Dining Services.

**Residents of The Woods are not required to have a meal plan; however, Special Block Plans are available (includes 7% sales tax):

  • Block 240: $2,394 – $2,594
  • Block 180: $2,394 – $2,594
  • Block 150: $1,323.59
  • Block 100: $903.08
  • Block 75: $682.66
  • Block 40: $368.08
  • Block 20: $206.51


For Engineering Students – Engineering Enhancement Fee

Initially, the fee will be set at a level no higher than $500 per year in the first year (2018-19). The fee will be set at a maximum of $1,000 per year in the second year (2019-20). The fee is charged each semester based on the number of Engineering course credit hours in which the student is enrolled.

2020-21 Semester Charges for Engineering Courses (E, ECE, ENGR, JEM, MAE, MSE):

  • 1-4 hours: $125 per semester
  • 5-8 hours: $250 per semester
  • 9 or more hours: $500 per semester

Why are fees being charged?

Additional funding is necessary to provide a student-centered engineering education at the level of excellence consistent with our accreditor’s standards. Engineering education is costly, particularly because it is most effective with smaller class sizes and with equipment and laboratories that are at the forefront of technology. Furthermore, the professional development and preparation that happens outside of the course schedule is more necessary as the field continues to evolve.

These fees enable the University to provide the high-quality learning environment that students desire. Like the basic tuition and fees, these additional amounts help to cover indirect costs associated with UNC Asheville’s role as North Carolina’s public liberal arts university. The amount that students pay in tuition and required fees represents a sizable and important investment in their future. However, student payments alone do not cover the full cost of providing any of UNC Asheville’s educational programs. Even after state appropriations are included, Engineering programs require supplemental tuition or student fees in order to provide the leading-edge learning experiences and facilities that students need.

What will the Engineering fee be used for?

The fee will be used to support the activities of students in both the 2+2 Engineering Program and the Joint Mechatronics Engineering Program, including:

  • Purchase and upgrade of equipment
  • Upgrade and expansion of Engineering program infrastructure and laboratory facilities
  • Senior research projects (supplies, travel, and related costs not covered by the NCSU College of Engineering budget to UNC Asheville)
  • Undergraduate research (travel for research purposes, travel to conferences, and related costs)
  • Development of career readiness and Engineering entrepreneurship programs
  • Annual seminar series and high-profile speakers
  • Professional development for students and faculty

Do other schools have similar fees?

Yes, our primary collaborating partner in the Joint Mechatronics Engineering degree, NC State University, has had a fee of this kind for several years. It increased to $1500 in the 2018-19 academic year.

Other engineering schools and programs within the UNC System and in the COPLAC Consortium also have similar fees. UNC Asheville’s Engineering fee is in line with other fees of its type, as is its overall cost of attendance. It is important to note that our 2+2 Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering degrees are accredited, while other institutions’ programs may not be.