Tuition and Financial Aid


The following charts provide an example of estimated expenses for the 2020-2021 academic year (July 2020 – June 2021).

Students should expect to pay the minimums listed below to complete the program, plus textbook and practicum fees.

Please note that tuition and fees are subject to change each academic year, as approved by the UNC System Board of Governors. Any tuition change is applicable to all enrolled students.

Admitted students will be required to submit a $250 nonrefundable enrollment deposit to reserve a place in the program. Enrollment deposits will be applied as a credit toward the first term’s tuition once the student enrolls in the program.

Master of Public Health (MPH Leadership, MPH Nutrition, and Applied Epidemiology): 42 credits to complete

Tuition: $1,997.40 per credit
Student Fees (spring/fall): $28.69 per credit
Student Fees (summer): Summer student fees will be finalized later this year.

Master of Public Health/Registered Dietitian (MPH/RD): 42 credits to complete

Tuition: $1,997.40 per credit
Student Fees (spring/fall): $28.69 per credit
Student Fees (summer): Summer student fees will be finalized later this year.
Placement Fees: $3,131 per supervised practice experience1

Students in the MPH@UNC program are not eligible for The University of North Carolina System Tuition Waiver Program.

For more details on costs and fees for the current academic year, consult the Office of the University Cashier’s Tuition and Fees chart (Gillings School information begins on page 8).


MPH@UNC is guaranteeing a tuition scholarship of $12,000 to students who are accepted and enrolled into the upcoming January or May 2022 cohorts.

Financial Aid

Potential funding options for MPH@UNC students include loans, fellowships and military education benefits. 

  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans provide up to $20,500 per academic year to eligible U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans cover costs exceeding Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan limits up to the Cost of Attendance budget determined by the school. This is a credit-based loan for eligible U.S. citizens or permanent residents who do not have an adverse credit history.
  • Private Education Loans may be available to students who meet their chosen lending institution’s credit-based eligibility requirements.
  • Competitive fellowships may be offered to highly qualified applicants. Only a limited number are available. Contact your admissions counselor for more information.
  • Military Education Benefits: The U.S.Department of Veterans Affairs  administers a variety of education benefit programs for those applicable.

MPH@UNC applicants should keep in mind that they must enroll in a certain number of credits per term in order to be eligible for federal student aid. For additional information on federal student aid programs including the Direct Unsubsidized Loan, and Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Additional Resources

For more detailed information or for further questions, please visit the Office of Scholarship & Student Aid website  or contact them directly by email at or by phone at 919-962-8396.

To learn more about MPH@UNC, request information and an admissions counselor will contact you.

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1 Placement fees for the RD program are billed through the North Carolina Institute of Public Health (NCIPH) in four installments. Placement fees are not included in Cost of Attendance as calculated for financial aid purposes. arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference