Frequently Asked Questions
Will I receive funding?
In recent years, most students admitted have received financial support in the form of nine-month Teaching Assistantships ($15,700 per year for teaching two courses or its equivalent) provided both academic eligibility and steady academic progress toward degree are maintained. There is also the possibility of a waiver of the out-of-state portion of tuition, allowing a non-resident to pay resident rates. This is, however, dependent on yearly allocations to the department and is not guaranteed to all students. Assuming this is granted by the Graduate School, you will not be responsible for paying your student fees. You can find additional information about funding through the Office of Scholarships & Student Aid. In addition, the department will fund student health insurance for teaching assistants. The Office of Scholarship and Student Aid also has information about financial aid and loans. That office should be consulted as early as possible by those seeking such financial assistance.
How much are fees?
Fees are typically around $950 per semester, but rates fluctuate each year. Eligible students are not responsible for paying their student fees.
Does UNC provide health insurance?
All students attending the University must be covered by health insurance. The Department of Communication Studies will fund health insurance for any student on a Teaching Assistantship through Student Blue RA/TA Insurance.
Should I be a resident of North Carolina?
In order to be considered for in-state residency status for tuition purposes any student, admitted to and enrolled in a graduate degree program administered by The Graduate School, with an undetermined or nonresident status is required to submit a residency application in order to be considered for reclassification for in-state tuition benefits. You may find more information at the Grad School’s website on residency or reviewing the North Carolina State Residency Manual.
How long can I expect funding?
Except under exceptional circumstances, graduate students should not expect funding from the Department beyond five years. Funding beyond the fifth year will be available if and only if the Department: (1) has need for a course that a graduate student is able to teach, (2) has no graduate student within his/her normal five years of service available to teach it, and (3) has the resources to pay the graduate student stipend.