At UNC Asheville, 70.7% of the student body demonstrates financial need; the average amount of this need after federal and state grants (e.g., Pell grants and NC state grants) is $7,033. We have set the average scholarship amount to $6,000 per student per academic year, which is over 85% of the average financial need. Since 56.2% of full-time students at UNC Asheville hold jobs, we expect that the financial support will enable ACES scholars to avoid having to work so that they can spend more time focused on their education.
Criteria to Maintain Scholarship Funding
Scholarship funding will continue for four full academic years for high school applicants (or two academic years for transfer applicants), provided that each recipient meets all of the following requirements:
- Advancement in the curriculum of the atmospheric sciences or computer science major (as determined by a student's academic advisor)
- Completion of at least 29 credit hours of coursework in the freshman year and at least 30 credit hours of coursework in each subsequent academic year
- Maintenance of a minimum GPA of 2.5 in STEM courses at the end of the freshman year, increasing to a minimum GPA of 2.7 in STEM courses in the sophomore through senior years
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in all UNC Asheville courses
- Continuation of eligibility for financial assistance
The minimum GPA of 2.5 in the freshman year is set to reflect the rigorous standards in UNC Asheville's foundational science and mathematics courses. There is no grade inflation in these courses. For example, over the last 5 years the average GPA in Physics I (PHYS 221) is 2.60. UNC Asheville grades on a +/- system. A grade of B- in Physics I equates to a GPA of 2.67, but a student who earns such a grade could still demonstrate a potential for success in future atmopsheric science or computer science courses and the science major. The minimum GPA is set higher beyond the freshman year to match the higher standards for ACES scholars.