FAQs for Students

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No, to apply for scholarships at UNC Charlotte for the 2024-2025 academic year, students need to have received an acceptance letter from UNC Charlotte AND established their NinerNET account.

Undergraduate students who have been accepted for admission, but not yet started classes are considered Incoming students for scholarship purposes. Undergraduate students who have started classes at UNC Charlotte are current undergraduate students.  Use your NinerNET credentials to login. Graduate students who have been accepted to The Graduate School, but not yet started classes are considered New Graduate School applicants for scholarship purposes. Graduate students who have started classes at UNC Charlotte are current graduate students.  Use your NinerNET credentials to login.

Unfortunately, second-degree seeking students are not eligible to apply for scholarships through the NinerScholars Portal. Due to the limited resources available to meet all student need, UNC Charlotte has taken the position that only those students pursuing their first degree are eligible to apply for institutional scholarships. Second-degree seeking students are eligible for Outside Scholarships, offered by local, regional or national organizations. Please click here to view a list of outside scholarships prepared and updated regularly by the University Scholarship Office.

New freshmen, transfer, and graduate students must be accepted and activate their NinerNET account. If you have not activated your NinerNET account, undergraduate students can locate their NinerNET username in the top right corner of their acceptance letter, and click here to activate it. Graduate students can locate their NinerNET username in the third paragraph of their acceptance letter, and click here to activate it. If you already activated your NinerNET account, but forgot your username or password, request it here.For information regarding the DUO 2-factor Authentication system, please visit DUO Information.

All scholarships at UNC Charlotte must be applied for through the NinerScholars Portal. Newly admitted student must first establish their NinerNET account in Banner using the information in their admissions acceptance letter. Please note that there may be a delay of up to 48 hours from the time that you set up your NinerNET account until the time you can log into the NinerScholars Portal. If more than 48 hours have passed and you still cannot log in, please email our office at scholarships@charlotte.edu.

Incoming students who have been accepted to UNC Charlotte as well as current students can use their NinerNET username and password to login to the NinerScholars Portal. If you have not activated your NinerNET account, locate your NinerNET username on your acceptance letter, and click here. Did you already activate your NinerNET account, but forgot your username or password? Request it here.  Important – please be sure that you are using your username rather than your student identification number or your email address to log in. Please note that there may be a delay of up to 48 hours from the time that you set up or were asked to reactivate your NinerNET account until the time you can log into
the NinerScholars Portal.

If you’ve applied for spring admission but have not been accepted, you’ll need to wait until you receive your acceptance letter from Admissions to apply for scholarships. If you have already been admitted for the spring term, you must wait until you start classes in January to login to NinerScholars. At that time, please login using your NinerNET credentials.


After being accepted to Charlotte and setting up your NinerNET account, log in to the NinerScholars Portal. NinerScholars will automatically match you with the scholarships you may be eligible to apply for. Review the scholarship criteria closely to verify you meet all requirements. When you decide which scholarships you’d like to apply for, submit the required application materials. The application status moves to Complete, and your application will be reviewed for the scholarship.

If you have been admitted for the fall semester, you can begin building your scholarship profile in NinerScholars once you have received an acceptance letter AND established your NinerNET account. Please check our website home page at that time to be sure that the NinerScholars Student Application portal has opened before trying to login to NinerScholars.If you have been admitted for the Spring semester, you can begin building your scholarship profile in NinerScholars once classes have started on Jan. 10, 2024.

Please visit the Honors College to view current application procedures, deadlines and notifications. Applications for priority admission to the Honor College, and other university wide merit scholarships are due Dec. 1. Don’t forget that applying for scholarships is a separate process from applying for the Honors College. Make sure to use the NinerScholars Student Application Portal (once you are admitted to the university) to apply for scholarships. Most scholarship applications in NinerScholars that are exclusively for incoming freshmen have a deadline of Feb. 15

Once you have been accepted AND established your NinerNET account, you are eligible to login to the NinerScholars portal and apply for scholarships. Eligibility for need-based scholarships is determined by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students must be a U.S. citizen to file a FAFSA.  UNC Charlotte offers both need and merit-based scholarships through NinerScholars. Graduate students please note that scholarships administered by the Graduate School do not require the FAFSA. For questions about how to explain financial need on Graduate School need-based scholarship applications, please contact the Graduate School at 704-687-7268. 

No. Scholarships offered at UNC Charlotte support educational expenses during the fall and spring semesters only. The only scholarships available for summer sessions are restricted to costs associated with a study abroad experience through UNC Charlotte.

Yes. Institutional scholarships at UNC Charlotte are awarded annually and therefore require an annual application be submitted through the NinerScholars Portal that reflects a student’s current class, GPA, major, etc. Student scholarship profiles and application materials do not carry over from one year to the next. Students who complete a profile and complete application materials one year, but do not re-apply during the open application period the following year, will not be considered for current year scholarships.

Please visit the University Honors College for detailed information about application requirements and deadlines. Please note that the Honors College has an early application deadline. Students do not apply for admission to the Honors College through the NinerScholars Portal.

Please visit the Levine Scholars Program for detailed information about application requirements and deadlines. Please note that the Levine Scholars Program has an early application deadline and students do not apply for admission to the Levine Scholars Program through the NinerScholars portal.

No. Wait until you start classes in January to login to NinerScholars. At that time you may visit the University Scholarship Office website and click on the Apply button to begin the application process. Keep in mind that you are applying for scholarships for the 2024/25 academic year. If you log in prior to the spring semester, you will not be matched with the correct scholarships.

Renewable scholarships are processed through the NinerScholars Portal each year, and recipients are not required to reapply annually. However, the college or department that awarded your scholarship will review your academic status each year after grades are posted to verify that you continue to meet the terms and conditions of the award. Upon completing this, if you meet all the renewal conditions, you will be sent an email to log in and accept the award within a few weeks after grades are posted. You should receive your offer email by late June. If you do not see your renewal offer by that time, you may contact the awarding department. Only after the student accepts the renewal offer will the award process. Funds will disburse to recipients’ accounts ten days prior to the first day of class in the semester(s) for which the award is made. 

Scholarships are applied for in the academic year prior to your first semester at UNC Charlotte. Fall admits can begin building their scholarship profile once they have received an acceptance letter AND established their NinerNET account as described in their letter of admission. Spring admits must wait until starting classes in January to access NinerScholars and begin applying for scholarships.

No. This process is separate from the Admissions application. Scholarships must be applied for through the NinerScholars Portal. UNC Charlotte does not use an automatic merit-based scholarship process.

No. All applications completed prior to the deadline are given equal consideration.

UNC Charlotte uses a student’s SAI to determine eligibility for need-based scholarships. Look for ‘Scholarships Your Eligible For’ in green font
to find your scholarship matches.

After you submit your student profile in NinerScholars, you will land on the Dashboard page. To view your Scholarship Matches Table, click on the tab that says Scholarships at the top right of your Dashboard page. To view details about a scholarship in your Scholarship Matches table, or to begin work on your application, click the Start Application button. Each item in the Required Materials column for that scholarship will become a live link. Click each link to view instructions for submitting that required material. You must click the Start Application button and complete all required materials to be considered for a scholarship. 

No. Essays and references in NinerScholars have specific prompts and need to be uploaded and submitted directly through the NinerScholars Portal. For each scholarship, you will only be prompted to submit an essay or request a letter of recommendation if the scholarship requires it.

No, only your grades through your junior year are used for scholarship purposes.

As a spring admit, the NinerScholars software will only be able to match you correctly with scholarships once your classes start on January 10th, 2024. If you try to access NinerScholars prior to that time, you will be matched with the wrong scholarships. Most scholarships for spring 2024 were awarded last year. Keep in mind that all students are applying for scholarships for the 2024/25 academic year, and at that time you will be a current student.

Early Entry Graduate Students are not eligible to apply for graduate level scholarships until they are a senior who has applied for graduation. Once they have applied for graduation, they may contact our office for more information.

 NinerScholars accepts applications during the academic year for scholarships that are awarded the following academic year. It is not the practice of UNC Charlotte to award scholarships to graduating students who will no longer be enrolled at the time of award. There are a few exceptions, and in these cases, the criteria clearly indicate graduating seniors are eligible. All other applications submitted by students who have applied for graduation during the current academic year will be removed from the NinerScholars Portal prior to departmental review, and will not be considered.


Yes, but please respect the time and effort your reference puts into writing a letter of recommendation. Making changes can create confusion for the reference.  In addition to changing the reference in the portal, we strongly recommend that you personally communicate with your initial and subsequent reference.  Also, be sure to allow sufficient time for your new reference to submit the recommendation based on your scholarship deadline(s). Once a letter of recommendation has been received, it may not be changed.

No. Once a reference submits their recommendation letter, you cannot change the letter submitted by Academic Reference 1 to Academic Reference 2, or vice-versa. Since Academic Reference 1 will always be used to satisfy scholarships that require one academic recommendation, we encourage you to list your strongest reference as Academic Reference 1.

No. If you upload a new transcript, it will replace the previously uploaded document. Please combine all transcripts together into one single file before uploading.

A Common Essay will be attached to all scholarships that requiring it. Referring to a specific scholarship by name in your Common Essay may cause confusion among review committees.

Students are responsible for communicating with their references to ensure the Letter of Recommendation requested is submitted by the reference prior to the application deadline. A student may cancel the original reference request, and submit the name and contact information for a new reference. When a change is made, both the original and subsequent reference will be notified through a system email. Students are strongly encouraged to confirm a new reference is willing, and has adequate time, to submit the recommendation letter on your behalf. Follow the instructions on the References page of the NinerScholars Portal to complete this change. 

All required materials, including recommendations, must be submitted through the NinerScholars portal by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date. No exceptions can be made. However, if a letter of recommendation is received after the deadline, it will be attached to any upcoming scholarships that require that recommendation type.

After submitting a Common Application Material the first time, the same material will be attached to all scholarship applications with that requirement. This includes a resume, list of activities, transcript, recommendation letter (by type), and essay marked as Common

Letters of recommendation are defined by type (academic, leadership, community involvement, etc.) and are considered Common Application Materials. This is done to reduce the burden on students and their references. Once a recommendation letter is is submitted by a reference, that same letter is attached to all applications requiring that type of recommendation. However, since you may apply for scholarships with different application deadlines, we cannot communicate a specific deadline to your references. It is your responsibility to make sure the specific type of recommendation letter is received before the deadline for the application requiring that recommendation type. The University Scholarship Office strongly encourages all students to communicate early and often with their references, and ask that the recommendation letter be submitted as soon as possible to ensure your application is considered.

When a recommendation letter request is submitted through the NinerScholars Portal, a system-generated email is sent to your reference. Please let your recommender know before you submit the reference request that it may take up to 24 hours from the time you submit the recommendation request until the time they receive it. Verify your reference’s email address is correct, then confirm that you typed the email address correctly in NinerScholars. If your reference still has not received the request, ask your reference to check their spam file. Many places of employment have strong firewalls that block certain email extensions. If your reference cannot find the recommendation request email, consider asking the reference if they will share a personal email address with you, and enter the new email address into NinerScholars. If after you have tried these things, your recommender still has not received the email, please ask them to email our office and include your name in the email.


Please contact the University Scholarship Office by emailing scholarships@charlotte.edu or calling 704-687-5871.

View this page for instructions on how to make sure the scholarship you earned is posted directly to your student account.

Award announcements are made during the spring or early summer. When awards are announced may vary, but it should be within 90 days of the application deadline. Students offered a scholarship will receive an email from the University Scholarship Office instructing them to login to the NinerScholars Portal to review and accept the award offer and terms. Students must accept any scholarship offer in the NinerScholars Portal before the award will process to their student account. Students can also check the status of their applications on their Dashboard or the Status column in the Scholarship Matches table in NinerScholars. Scholarship awards will display on a student’s account ten days prior to the first day of class.

Scholarship funds are applied to your student account. If your student account has a balance owed the scholarship will be applied to that balance. If there is no balance owed or your scholarship pays the balance and there is money left over, it is refunded to you. The refund is processed by either check or direct deposit, depending on the option you selected in your My.Charlotte portal.

Please visit the Niner Central for extensive information regarding financial aid, payment plans, and student accounts.

Scholarships may not be visible in a student account until a few weeks before the awarding semester begins. However, they should be listed before the first payment deadline established by Financial Aid.

Scholarships are applied to a student’s account ten days prior to the first day of class in the semester for which it is awarded.

Faculty and/or staff within each department, office, or college review student applications and select recipients for the scholarships that they administer. Some general scholarships are administered by the University Scholarship Office and the Financial Aid Office.

Outside Scholarships

Check your My Financial Aid section in your My Charlotte portal. If the scholarship is not listed, then contact the organization that awarded you the scholarship to verify if the funds were sent to UNC Charlotte. If two weeks pass since the date the funds were mailed by the organization and you do not see the credit to your account, please contact Niner Central to inquire as to whether the funds have been received.

If you received a scholarship check awarded by an external organization, submit the check to Niner Central so the funds can be deposited into your university student account. You must endorse any check that is made payable to you and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Information for scholarship donors
In order for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to process scholarship checks most efficiently we kindly ask that you follow the guidelines below.

  • Make scholarship checks payable solely to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Do not make checks payable to the student or to the university the student. This causes unnecessary delays in processing and disbursement of scholarships.
  •  Include a letter containing the following information with each check:student’s name student’s university student ID, home address, and date of birth
  •  Send scholarship checks with the information cited above to:
    • University of North Carolina at Charlotte
      Office of the Bursar
      9201 University City Boulevard
      Charlotte, North Carolina 28223-0001

Outside (or external) scholarships are opportunities created by private companies or organizations that are shared directly with the University Scholarship Office and have an application and award process that is conducted outside the NinerScholars Portal, and are not affiliated with the university.

Contact Information

Please contact the University Scholarship Office by calling 704-687-5871 or emailing scholarships@charlotte.edu and we can provide you with general information about the process.If you are seeking specific information about your student’s application(s), please check with your student to see if they will grant you guest access to their student records.Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the University is not able to share specific student information to any individual who has not been granted guest access permissions.To learn more about guest access, or if your student would like to grant you guest access, visit the Office of the Registrar’s Guest Access Portal and FERPA webpage.