Financial Resources

UNC CHARLOTTE STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND

  • The UNC Charlotte Student Emergency Fund helps by providing financial support when you need assistance with unexpected, unforeseen and unavoidable emergency expenses, including pandemics. Currently-enrolled students can apply for the UNC Charlotte Student Emergency Fund here
  • For those who are able, there is still time to make a donation to the Student Emergency Fund. To date, the University has awarded more than $333,000 to approximately 900 students thanks to the generosity of donors. However, more than 700 additional students have requested support from the fund. All donations go to meeting that need.

CARES Act Funding

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided approximately $12 million in funding to UNC Charlotte for distribution to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of spring 2020 campus operations due to COVID-19. The CARES Act also provided approximately $13.2 million in funding to the University to partially offset the costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to COVID-19 (Institutional Portion and Strengthening Institutions Program). This funding was allocated in accordance with guidelines and requirements provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Financial aid grants for students may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

CARES Act Reporting and Disclosure

  • UNC Charlotte acknowledges it signed and returned to the U.S. Department of Education the Certification and Agreement on April 13, 2020, and gives the assurance that UNC Charlotte has used or intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. 
  • UNC Charlotte has received $12,155,279 from the Department of Education to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. 
  • As of March 17, 2021, UNC Charlotte has distributed $12,155,279 as CARES Act Emergency Grants to 9,544 students. 
  • The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, is 18,949. 
  • The instructions, directions, and guidance provided by UNC Charlotte to all students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants were sent via University email and published on this website.
  • Oct 30, 2020 CARES HEERF quarterly report
  • Dec. 31, 2020 CARES HEERF quarterly report
  • Mar. 31, 2021 CARES HEERF quarterly report

Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER)

UNC Charlotte has been granted $727,808 from the Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER), which is a program of the Education Stabilization Fund created by the CARES Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Education. The funds will be used entirely for student aid to help current students be able to continue their education this semester. 

This direct student aid will be provided to undergraduate and graduate students who are N.C. residents, who are currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, who are in good academic standing, and who require financial assistance. 

Identified students who have registered for spring semester will be notified by email of their additional aid. Niner Central and Financial Aid staff will contact eligible students who have not yet registered for spring semester to inform them of their financial aid award. Academic advisors will also reach out to offer students assistance with course selection. 

UNC Charlotte also expects to receive an allocation from the U.S. Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations that include a COVID-19 supplemental relief measure. Congress set aside approximately $14.25 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). This HEERF funding will be allocated to higher education institutions based on a formula that includes the number of Pell-eligible students. The funds may be used to provide financial aid and emergency funds to students as well as to defray institutional expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. UNC Charlotte expects to award additional aid once these funds are made available to institutions.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II)

UNC Charlotte also expects to receive an allocation from the U.S. Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations that include a COVID-19 supplemental relief measure. Congress set aside approximately $81.88 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA).

This HEERF II funding will be allocated to higher education institutions based on a formula that includes the number of Pell-eligible students The funds may be used to provide financial aid and emergency funds to students as well as to defray institutional expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNC Charlotte will allocate $12,155,279 million of HEERF II funding to student aid, the same amount as was allocated to student aid under the CARES Act (HEERF I). This funding will be distributed to qualified undergraduate and graduate students, include distance education students. UNC Charlotte expects to award the majority of these funds in January 2021. Financial aid grants for students may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care.

As of March 18, 2021, UNC Charlotte has distributed $11,967,500 as HEERF II grants to 12,293 students.