07. Why am I being billed fees?

UNC Charlotte is a publicly-supported institution and primarily receives its revenue from the State of NC appropriations in addition to tuition and fees. It is the combination of tuition and fees that primarily supports the operations and expansion of UNC Charlotte. Tuition and fees are approved by the Student Representatives, UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees, and the UNC Board of Governors. Tuition rates are also approved by the NC General Assembly. These fees are mandatory to every student and cannot be waived.

Ed & Tech Fee– This fee is directly related to the infrastructure supporting student technology needs across campus including hardware and software applications, supplies for educational materials, web services, laboratory expenses and equipment, public student computing labs, central email and internet services, training classes and classroom, and central help desk services.

University Fees– This is a consolidated fee that relates to University debt service payments (to construct new facilities and purchase administrative computing systems) and to support other activities/operations including Athletics programs and events, the Health Services Center that serves our student population, Student Activity Center operations, and Cone Center operations. The following fees are consolidated into the General Fees.

  • Athletics - Funds intercollegiate athletics, including salaries and maintenance and operation of athletic facilities.
  • Health Services - Funds medical services for students, including the salaries, maintenance and operation of student health centers.
  • Student Activities - Funds nonacademic student services (student unions, intramural facilities, student organizations, newspapers, yearbooks, and entertainment programs).
  • Debt Service - Funds the principal and interest for capital projects. An example for UNC Charlotte includes the Student Union, Football Stadium, and Student Activity Facility.

49er Card Access fee– This fee supports the University’s 49er Card operations and support. The ID card is not only used for identification purposes, but also as a library card and as a campus card for dining and vending purchases.

UNC System Student Association Fee– This fee is a University of NC system-wide fee charged to all system students to support the University Of North Carolina Association of Student Governments. This association is a student led advocacy group whose main purpose is to ensure that the benefits of the University of North Carolina are extended to the people of North Carolina, as far as practicable, free of expense.

Food Service Facilities Fee - This fee provides funds to support year round access, maintenance, repairs, and operation of campus dining facilities.

Safety and Security Fee - This fee provides funding for several of the recommendations made by the UNC Board of Governors’ 2013-14 UNC [system-wide] Campus Security Initiative report which include, but are not limited to, (1) campus police officer and telecommunicator compensation; (2) highly qualified and trained investigators and hearing officers for reports of serious offenses, such as sexual violence; (3) Title IX and Clery Act compliance coordination; (4) substance abuse counselors, case managers, and/or other counseling staff; and (5) system-level safety and security training, coordination, and audit functions. The fee may also provide funding to meet some additional campus-specific safety and security needs consistent with the report’s recommendations. The structure for this fee allows $26 of the $30 collected from each student to fund campus level and shared-services activities, while $4 of the $30 is allocated by the UNC General Administration for system-wide coordination, trainings, and other shared services functions. ($30 is the academic year rate)

Transportation Fee– This fee helps to fund the campus transportation shuttle system which operates during the fall and spring semesters. The shuttle serves to provide the UNC Charlotte campus with efficient and safe campus transportation, reduce vehicular congestion and decrease the demand for proximity parking.

Matriculation Fee- Instead of paying separate fees for such things as new student convocation, commencement, and hardcopy academic transcripts, UNC Charlotte students pay a matriculation fee and receive these and other services at no charge. Students are charged the matriculation fee upon entry into a bacalaureate, graduate certificate/master's, and doctoral program at UNC Charlotte. For more information click here.

Special Fees