Distance Education tuition rates vary based on residency. Residency for tuition purposes is decided by the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS).
Fall 2020-Spring 2021 - Distance Ed
Students with NC residency for tuition purposes
Students with non-NC residency for tuition purposes, living in NC
Students with non-NC residency for tuition purposes, living outside of NC*
* These rates apply to students who: 1) are determined to be a non resident of NC for tuition purposes by RDS, 2) are admitted to and exclusively enrolled in one of these approved DE 100% online programs, and 3) live outside of North Carolina.
Summer 2020 - Distance Ed
NOTE: Some or all instructional formats for all or part of the 2020-21 academic year may change due to the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As has always been the case, tuition and fees are charged at the beginning of the semester and will remain in place regardless of any changes in instructional format. Tuition and fees will not be refunded in the event that instructional format changes for any part of the 2020-21 academic year.
** Distance Education tuition and fees only apply to courses that are identified as Distance Education Campus and are not identified as Main Campus or Main Campus web delivery. **
More About Distance Ed Charges
To determine how tuition and fees will be charged:
- Student registered in all Distance Education courses:
- Billed at DE rate
- Student registered in both Distance Education and Main Campus courses:
- If you are less than full time in Main Campus credit hours, you will be billed at the stair-step rate for Main Campus credit hours and the per credit hour rate for DE credit hours.
- If you are full-time in Main Campus credit hours, you will not be charged for the DE credit hours.
- In other words, Distance Education courses will be billed at the DE rate and Main Campus courses will be billed at the Main Campus rate, unless you are full time (12+ hours for Undergrad level, 9+ hours for Grad level) in Main Campus courses.
- Distance Education vs. Main Campus online courses - It is important to note that not all online courses at UNC Charlotte are designated as ‘DE’. To locate Distance Education courses from Banner's "Class Schedule Search" page, select "Distance Education" in the Campus field.
- Tuition rates are reviewed by the University's Board of Trustees and the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System and set annually by the North Carolina legislature.
- Fees are reviewed and approved by the University's Board of Trustees with final approval pending the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina System review.
- Tuition and fees are billed by the semester for fall and spring terms. Tuition and fees are billed by the credit hour for summer terms, including credits over 12 hours.
- Twelve or more credit hours are considered full-time for undergraduates and nine or more credit hours are considered full-time for graduates.