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UNC Asheville offers free tuition

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UNC Asheville will provide free tuition and fees for North Carolina students with adjusted gross incomes of less than $80,000.

“This will provide an affordable path to pursue an undergraduate college degree for those who may have previously thought it would be out of reach financially,” Interim Chancellor Kimberly van Noort said in a press release.

The announcement of the program follows similar announcements by other higher education institutions in the state, including UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke.

The program, called Access Asheville, will be open to North Carolina residents beginning in Fall 2024, according to the press release.

Incoming first-year students are eligible to receive free tuition and fees for eight semesters. Transfer students can receive funding for up to seven semesters or degree completion.

Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to verify family Adjusted Gross Income (or AGI), and must verify North Carolina residency. The Office of Financial Aid will respond to applicants in two weeks, the press release said.

Details on the application are available at the Access Asheville website.