Support Resources

These are just a few of the resources that are available to first generation college students at UNC Asheville. This is in no way an exhaustive list of all that is available- if you have another one that has been particularly helpful, please send it to transition@unca.edu so that we may add it to this growing list.

Peer Tutoring Program

Whether you are experiencing academic difficulty or just want to do your best in a course, Peer Tutoring can help.  They match tutors with students who want to master course content as well as develop and integrate active learning and study skills.

Offered as a free service for all currently enrolled students, Peer Tutoring gives you the opportunity to truly develop an appropriate work ethic.  All the tutors are currently enrolled students who know first-hand what it is like to tackle some of these courses.  You can gain insight and assistance from fellow students who have successfully completed the course in which you are seeking tutoring. 

Best of all, these are drop-in tutorial labs, which are held at specific times during the week.  If you need tutoring that is not covered, check with the Peer Tutoring Program to see if a tutoring lab or individualized tutoring session can be established for you.  Advising and Learning Support can provide further information including a calendar of tutoring labs.

Office of Academic Accessibility

UNC Asheville values diversity among its students, faculty, and staff, and has established programs and services designed to assist all members of the academic community as they move toward their educational goals.  The Office of Academic Accessibility functions as a source of information, educational outreach, and advice, as well as a communication link among individuals, faculty, and staff.  If you need accommodations because of a disability or if you want help overcoming barriers in your learning process, this office can assist you.

Writing Center

The University Writing Center is available to assist you with all aspects of your academic writing from outlining to creating a draft to seeking and citing sources, along with writing, revising, and editing.  The center provides one-on-one consultations and in-class workshops.  They also maintain a library of printed writing sources as well as links to useful online resources.

Mathematics Assistance Center (Math Lab)

The Parsons Mathematics Assistance Center, or “The Math Lab,” provides free drop-in assistance with all levels of mathematics courses.  Staffed by university mathematics instructors and student helpers, the Math Lab offers extensive hours of operation and serves as a comfortable place for you to get help with math, or just to study and do homework.  Regardless of the level of math you are studying or your particular aptitude for math, you will find friendly, warm support in the Math Lab.

Health and Counseling Center

Designed to maintain the health of all students, the Health and Counseling Center provides many resources to students to continue their academic success.  The center is staffed by professionals in various fields and offers services in both health and counseling disciplines.  They offer relevant programs that will help you develop stress management skills, healthy eating behaviors, and in making mature choices.  The purpose of these activities and programs is to empower you to take responsibility for your own health and to teach lifelong behaviors for engaged, healthy living.  The Health and Counseling Center also works with students and their individual needs by providing confidential health and counseling services.  This could include:

•    Evaluation and treatment of common illnesses
•    Evaluation and treatment of accidental and athletic injuries
•    Physical exams
•    Nutrition and dietary concerns
•    Immunizations
•    Evaluation for depression, anxiety, and stress-related issues
•    Individual and group counseling
•    Emergency services and outreach

If you would like to schedule an appointment or speak with a provider, contact Health and Counseling.

Financial Aid

UNC Asheville’s financial aid program helps cover approximately 80% of our students’ eligible financial need.  The Office of Financial Aid offers assistance in applying for financial aid and can guide you through the different types of aid, including federal and state aid, scholarships, and loans.

In order to be eligible for financial aid you must:

•    Fill out the FAFSA.  This can be done as early as January 1, with the priority filing date being March 1 (the federal processor must receive the FAFSA by this date).  This means that you have a better chance of receiving funds awarded on a first come, first-serve basis (although there are no guarantees).
•    Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student in an eligible degree program
•    Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
•    Have a social security number
•    Make satisfactory academic progress as outlined by the Financial Aid Handbook
•    Register with the Selective Service, if required

There are also several different types of aid available to students.  These include federal and state grants and scholarships in which qualified students receive aid and do not have to pay back. Federal Direct Loans are another option, in which you borrow money and must pay back with interest.  These are loans that are available to students and parents and typically have a lower interest rate than those from private sources such as a bank or other financial institution. 

When deciding what works best for you, be sure you read all the available information so that you are familiar with the criteria and agreements associated with the aid package.

Student Life

The best way to really get a sense of the wonderful community here at UNC Asheville is to check out the great co-curricular programs offered.  Getting involved allows you to connect to the university and can help you to be more successful in your academics and social life.  It is also much easier to get acclimated to campus with friends and mentors by your side rather than going at it alone.  In the end, what you get out of your experience at UNC Asheville directly correlates to what you put into it.

transition Student Programs has been specifically created to help meet the needs of first generation college students and offers programs that are designed to assist in your own unique transition, which includes both social and educational events to help foster community.

Other ways to get involved include programs through Highsmith Student Union, Campus Recreation, and Multicultural AffairsResidential Education is also a great way to get involved in campus life - regardless of whether you live on or off campus.  Each of these departments has a great deal of information on its website, including calendars with all of its respective events, activities, and programs.  We encourage you to bookmark these pages and keep in touch for all the happenings on campus.