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Carolina Covenant

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

About the Covenant

The Carolina Covenant is UNC’s promise to low-income students and families that a world-class education remains within reach. Students who earn a place at UNC and are eligible for the Covenant have the opportunity to graduate debt-free.

The Covenant includes more than just financial aid. The program offers mentoring, academic and personal support services, and other resources to help guide students to on-time graduation.


There is no separate application for the Carolina Covenant.

Simply apply to Carolina and apply for financial aid.


Covenant eligibility is established when a student is admitted to Carolina as a freshman or transfer student. There is no cap on the number of Covenant Scholars – all eligible students are included in the program.

Covenant Scholars who remain eligible will receive a no-loans financial aid award for undergraduate study during fall and spring semesters, up to a maximum of eight semesters. (The maximum number of semesters is pro-rated for transfer students.)

To be eligible for the Carolina Covenant, a student must:

See more information about eligibility.