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The University has committed funds to make sure that undergraduate students with no prior Bachelor degree who are enrolling at Carolina for the first-time, who are eligible for federal student aid, and who have applied for financial aid by the deadline, are eligible to be considered for a CCI laptop grant. The CSS PROFILE, used to apply for financial aid, also serves as your application for a CCI laptop grant. The amount of the grant will vary depending upon an individual student’s documented need, but every student with financial need will receive help in purchasing the standard CCI laptop package. Many will qualify to receive a full grant, making this package absolutely free. Those who qualify for a laptop grant will be notified by late April or after being admitted. Laptop grants will be awarded in the form of a credit valid only at UNC Student Stores for the standard CCI laptop package, including software, security lock, and four years of warranty and insurance coverage. No cash will be given. You are responsible for the cost of any optional accessories, such as a printer, backpack, or external mouse.

If you wish to be considered for a CCI laptop grant you must complete the CSS Profile application by the financial aid deadline. The University must have this information to make a determination of eligibility for a laptop grant. You should submit this form even if you think you may not qualify for financial aid, as some students will qualify for a laptop grant who do not qualify for other forms of financial aid. Students submitting only the FAFSA will not be considered for laptop grants. Students who submit the CSS Profile application by the financial aid deadline will hear about laptop grant eligibility by late April, in time to meet laptop ordering deadlines.

While a laptop grant from the University can be combined with additional funds to purchase the more expensive laptop packages, please be aware that should you leave the University prior to graduation, you will be required to either pay back the grant and keep the laptop, or return the laptop and lose your additional investment.