embark Resources

During embark Orientation, you will receive many resources and pieces of information. For your convenience, we have consolidated those prepared resources for you here.

Driving Directions

For GPS use, the university’s address is One University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804. You can also use our driving directions:

From the North (on I-26): Take Exit 25 for NC-251. Turn left at the traffic light at the end of the ramp onto Broadway Street/NC-251. Turn left at second traffic light onto WT Weaver Boulevard (approximately 1/2 mile). Proceed 1/3 mile to traffic circle. Take the second exit onto University Heights to enter the UNC Asheville campus.

From the South (on I-26): Take Exit 4A (on the left) onto I-26W/US-19N/US-23N/US-70W toward Weaverville. Take Exit 25 for NC-251. Veer right at the end of the ramp onto Broadway Street/NC-251. Turn left at second traffic light onto WT Weaver Boulevard (approximately 1/2 mile). Proceed 1/3 mile to traffic circle. Take the second exit onto University Heights to enter the UNC Asheville campus.

From the West (on I-40): Take Exit 46B (on the left) for I-240E/I-26W toward Asheville. Take Exit 4A (on the left) onto I-26W/US-19N/US-23N/US-70W toward Weaverville. Take Exit 25 for NC-251. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto Broadway Street/NC-251. Turn left at second traffic light onto WT Weaver Boulevard (approximately 1/2 mile). Proceed 1/3 mile to traffic circle. Take the second exit onto University Heights to enter the UNC Asheville campus.

From the East (on I-40): Take Exit 53B for I-240W toward Asheville. Take Exit 5A for Merrimon Avenue/US-25. Turn left at 3rd traffic light onto WT Weaver Boulevard (approximately 1 mile). Proceed 1/2 mile to traffic circle. Take the first exit onto University Heights to enter the UNC Asheville campus.

Parking for embark

For students and parents/family members:

Directions if you are entering campus via W.T. Weaver Boulevard:

Once you are on W.T. Weaver Boulevard, drive to the roundabout, which serves as the main entrance of campus (you will see a large UNC Asheville sign at the roundabout). Follow the signage that will lead you up the hill on University Heights. Once you are at the top of the hill, you will need to veer to the right. Afterward, you will take the first road on your left (which continues as University Heights). You will ascend a steep hill and then, as you begin to descend, the designated parking for embark Orientation will be on your right (Parking lots P11 and P12). Student staff will be available in this area to assist you in finding a parking space.

Directions if you are entering campus via Campus Drive:

Campus Drive is accessible via Broadway Street. Once on Campus Drive, you will ascend a hill that initially has a small incline (which will increase as you make your way further up the drive). When you reach the stop sign (near the top of the hill), take a sharp right turn. Parking lots P11 and P12 will be on your left. Student staff will be available in this area to assist you in finding a parking space.

OneCard

All students, faculty and staff are issued a OneCard when they become part of UNC Asheville's campus community. Your OneCard serves as your campus ID and debit card that can be used for on-campus purchases and payments.

During embark Orientation, students will be taking their picture for their OneCard. Please have photo identification with you such as a driver’s license or college identification card. For more information about the OneCard, please visit the OneCard webpage

Orientation Handbook

Check out our Orientation Handbook as it serves as a great resource for what will be addressed during embark Orientation.

Health and Counseling Center Information

Health and Counseling Information Sheet

Health and Counseling Center

118 W.T. Weaver Boulevard
828.251.6520
Immunization q's: immune@unca.edu
healthandcounseling.unca.edu
 

Health Insurance Requirement

  • Students must have health insurance if they are degree-seeking and they are taking 6 or more credit hours. 
  • The following classifications are not considered degree seeking and they are not required to have health insurance - visiting students, teacher licensure, single semester study abroad students, post baccalaureate students who are not degree seeking, and students taking less than 6 hours of credit.
  • You can meet this requirement by applying for an insurance waiver or by enrolling in the Student Blue plan offered through the UNC system. This must be completed by September 1, 2018.
  • In order to demonstrate proof of health insurance, you must go to the following website and enter your current information to apply for the waiver: studentbluenc.com/#/unca
  • Students who want to enroll in the Student Blue through Blue Cross of North Carolina can go to the website above and enroll in the insurance.  There is also a description of the benefits and coverage at this sight.

Immunizations

  • All students must meet the immunization requirements as defined in the North Carolina statutes.  These requirements are as follows:
    • 3 doses of DPT, Td, or Tdap  -  One dose must be in last 10 years
    • 2 doses of measles mumps, and rubella
    • 3 doses of polio
    • 3 doses of Hepatitis B  (If born after July 1, 1994)

Please note: North Carolina law prohibits us from accepting immunization records that are part of high school transcripts. The immunization records must be on a healthcare provider’s letterhead and include immunizations received, date given, and a provider signature. 

  • The following students are exempt from this immunization requirement:  students only taking evening or weekend courses and students who are taking no more than 4 credit hours on campus.

Questions: Contact Jay Cutspec at 828-251-6868 or jcutspec@unca.edu

Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid Information Sheet

Office of Financial Aid

2nd Floor Brown Hall
828-251-6535
finaid@unca.edu
financialaid.unca.edu

Complete the FAFSA  (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) October 1st.  You will report tax information from a prior-prior tax year (PPY) allowing tax information from two years ago.

  • The student and parent must each obtain a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). The FSA ID serves as your electronic signature for the FAFSA.
  • Please make sure you have added UNC Asheville’s School Code 002907.
  • If you are selected for verification, this process will need to be completed before you can be awarded financial aid. You will receive important financial aid notifications from your UNC Asheville email account.
  • Once the Financial Aid Office awards your financial aid package, you will receive an award notification email from your UNC Asheville email account. 
  • If you are planning to use federal or state aid to help with your charges at UNC Asheville, we must receive your completed FAFSA in ample time to process your financial aid before payment is due.
  • You must be prepared to pay for your charges if your financial aid is not awarded before billing is due.
Term  New Freshman & Transfers
(Estimated date for award notification email)
Fall/Spring November 15
Spring  November 15
Summer  April 15
  • Listed below are some deadlines that pre-registered students will need to be aware of:
Term  Email Date (Date the bills are sent via email) Due Date
Fall  July 10 August 1
Spring  November 23 December 15
Summer April 20 May 20

Students who have not pre-registered by August 1 should be prepared to pay as soon as they register for classes.

For registration information, please go to Registrar’s webpage: registrar.unca.edu

Student Accounts Information

Student Accounts Information Sheet

Student Accounts

003 Ramsey Library, OneStop Office
828.251.6664
studentaccounts@unca.edu
studentaccounts.unca.edu

Tuition & Fee Bills

  • Bills are sent to the student’s UNC Asheville email account.  If the bill needs to be sent to another individual, such as a parent or guardian, the student is responsible for forwarding it to that person.
  • The bill only reflects completed financial aid and courses the student is registered for at that time the bill is generated.
  • Any amount not covered by financial aid or scholarships must be paid by the due date.
  • Schedules may be dropped if payment is not received by the due date.
  • Billing and Due Date Schedule: 
Term  Email Bill Date Due Date
Fall  July 10 August 1
Spring  November 23 December 15
Summer  April 20 May 20

Payment Methods

  • Students can pay by cash, check, or money order in the Student Accounts Office.
  • Credit/debit card and electronic check (ACH) payments can only be made online through ePayment in OnePort.  We accept all major credit cards.  A 2.85% transaction fee (minimum of $3) is charged for credit/debit card payments.  ACH payments do not have a transaction fee.
  • Students can view their student account activity on ePayment in real time.  They can also setup a bill payer as an authorized user which will allow them to view the student account activity, the balance, and make payments online.

TMS Payment Plan

  • UNC Asheville only offers payment plan options through Tuition Management Systems (TMS).
  • The monthly payment plan allows the student or bill payer to pay the balance over 4 or 5 months each semester.
  • The plans begin on July 1 for fall and December 1 for spring; you should register in the plan no later than the due date for the semester.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to verify that the payment plan will cover the balance.
  • There is a $47 enrollment fee per semester to setup a payment plan; the plan does not accrue interest charges.
  • The phone number and website for TMS is 800-722-4867 and unca.afford.com.

State Prepaid Plans and 529 Plans

  • UNC Asheville accepts most state prepaid plans such as Florida Prepaid, Alabama PACT, etc.
  • Students should inform the Director of Student Accounts that they have a state prepaid plan.
  • Students need to notify the prepaid plan that they will be attending UNC Asheville.
  • Students can reduce the bill for the amount the prepaid plan will cover.  The remaining balance is due by the due date.
  • Students/families need to review their 529 plan to see what is needed to process the payment.
  • Students with a 529 College Savings Plan need to have the payment received by the bill due date.

Outside Scholarships

  • Students should send a copy of the scholarship award letter to the Financial Aid Office.
  • Outside scholarships are not reflected on bills until the funds are received at UNC Asheville.
  • Students can reduce their bill for outside scholarships that are not showing on the bill.
  • Outside scholarships are split between the fall and spring semester unless specifically designated for either semester.

2018/19 Estimated Cost Worksheet

In-State Student Charges per semester

Tuition  $2,061.00
Required Fees $1,511.50
Residence Hall $2,644.00
Meal Plan $2,046.00
Orientation (Fall only) $150.00
Deposits (Fall only) -$300.00
TOTAL $8,112.50
Health Insurance $1,293.88
TOTAL with Insurance $9,406.38

Out-of-State Student Charges per Semester

Tuition $10,422.50
Required Fees $1,511.50
Residence Hall $2,644.00
Meal Plan $2,046.00
Orientation (Fall only) $150.00
Deposits (Fall only) -$300.00
TOTAL $16,474.00
Health Insurance $1,293.88
TOTAL with Insurance $17,767.88

Rates are subject to change by the General Assembly.

Fixed Tuition Program – Continuously enrolled in-state students will have the same tuition for 8 semesters.

Release of Information

  • FERPA guarantees certain rights for students and eligible parents regarding access to, confidentiality of, and correction of the student’s education records.  See registrar.unca.edu/protection-student-records for additional information.
  • In most cases UNC Asheville cannot discuss a student’s account without the student’s permission.
  • Students need to set up a PROXY if they would like for UNC Asheville to disclose their account details to an individual, such as parents or guardians, which they designate.  Students can set up the PROXY online through OnePort.
  • The website on how to setup a PROXY is registrar.unca.edu/granting-access-proxy-ferpa-release.

Refunds

  • Refund checks are available on or around the first day of classes.
  • An email is sent to the student’s UNC Asheville email address when their refund check is available for pickup.
  • Refunds which have not been picked up within two weeks are mailed to the student’s address on file.

Books

  • Books are purchased by the student and are not included on student’s account.  This is an out-of-pocket expense.
  • The student’s financial aid refund check can be used to purchase books after it is picked up.
  • UNC Asheville offers a limited bookstore advance for students who have completed all of their necessary Financial Aid requirements and have an anticipated credit balance at the time that bills are generated in July and November.  The Bookstore Advance Program is by invitation only to those students who meet all of the qualifications.  See our website for additional information.

Health Insurance

  • All degree seeking students taking 6 or more credit hours are required to have health insurance coverage.  Students can have their own insurance or be covered under a family insurance policy.
  • Students must go to www.bcbsnc.com/student to apply for a health insurance waiver if they have their own policy and do not want the Student Health Insurance.
  • The health insurance waiver is due within the first 3 weeks of the semester.
  • If you don’t waive out of the insurance requirement, you will be automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance and will be required to pay for the insurance regardless of if you have your own insurance.

Dining Plans

Dining Services

1st floor, Brown Hall
www.dineoncampus.com/unca

Access WiFi for Students and Campus Guests

Students

  1. Connect to the "UNCA_Setup" network.
  2. Visit wifi.unca.edu in your web browser.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Family Members and Guests

To access UNC Asheville Guest Wireless please connect your device to UNCA_Wifi with the password listed at https://www3.unca.edu/guestwifi/

If you have trouble connecting to the wireless network:

  • Visit the ITS Service Desk in Ramsey Library behind the Reference Desk
  • Call 828.251.6445.