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Carolina Covenant

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Getting Started

What prospective students need to know about the Covenant

Covenant Scholars come from across the United States, from small and large schools, little towns and big cities, different cultural and family backgrounds, and with varied academic interests. While each is his or her own person, they all need to know about:

Finding people on campus who can help

Scholars need to find their way around campus, learn to create a schedule that balances academics and social life, and prepare for life after college. All that will come and, with it, a new level of confidence will emerge.


The Carolina Covenant is for students from low-income families who do not have assets or other resources to help pay for college. To be considered for a Covenant award, a student must be dependent on his/her parents and meet academic, income, and financial need criteria. Read more…

Application Process

You do not need to apply for the Carolina Covenant. You will automatically be considered once you are admitted to Carolina and have applied for financial aid. Students who qualify for the Covenant will receive a letter from the Director of Scholarships and Student Aid notifying them of their Covenant designation and special award. Read more…

Covenant Financial Aid

Students who are eligible for the Carolina Covenant are awarded financial aid that meets 100 percent of their financial need without loans. So Covenant Scholars can enroll at Carolina with confidence that they can afford to attend and that they can graduate without student debt.

Services and Programs that Help Scholars Succeed

Faculty and staff throughout the University are committed to helping ensure that Covenant Scholars have every opportunity to succeed. Covenant Scholars have demonstrated academic achievement. Like other students, they may experience challenges in adapting to a University setting and college life. Carolina’s services for Scholars include a Learning Center, a Writing Center, tutoring in subjects such as math and chemistry, and financial seminars for students. Plus, a group of faculty and staff volunteer as mentors to help Scholars, particularly during their first year in a new academic and social environment. Students also have access to academic and other student services support organizations, programs, and assistance. Read more…

Undergraduate Admissions

For information on the admissions process, check out the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.