The Student Affairs department works closely with leadership, faculty, and staff at UNC System institutions to foster Systemwide, data-driven strategies for enhancing student success, access, and financial aid.

The department collaborates regularly with institution administrators to implement policies and regulations regarding student success, student health, financial aid, admissions, and campus safety.

Improving student mental health

Through a growing list of services, programs, and training offerings, the UNC System is working to equip students with the skills required to understand and navigate their own mental health challenges, while also reducing the stigma around critical mental health conversations.

Behavioral Health Convening

The UNC System hosts an annual Behavioral Health Convening as an opportunity for institutions to develop ideas, share best practices, and discuss the steps necessary to nurture a healthy and resilient student body.

How the UNC System is supporting student success.

Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students

Marian Drane Graham Scholars Program

The Marian Drane Graham Scholars Program is an immersive eight-week summer program that gives UNC System students the opportunity to enhance leadership skills, explore career opportunities in public service, and better understand key issues facing public higher education.

North Carolina Governor’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship

The NC Governor’s HBCU Internship program offers paid, full-time summer internship positions for rising juniors and seniors attending one of North Carolina’s HBCUs. This program connects students with major corporations and businesses across the state.

Making College More Accessible

Student Affairs is also responsible for access programs, including the College Foundation of North Carolina, and the department works closely with Systemwide committees and educational agencies on policies related to minimum admissions and course requirements. Student Affairs also works with the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) to coordinate the distribution of student financial aid information and state awards.

College Foundation of North Carolina

The College Foundation of NC ( is a free, comprehensive resource designed to help all North Carolina students and families plan, apply, and pay for college. CFNC was formed with the express mission of increasing the college-going rate in North Carolina, especially for low-income, rural, and first-generation college students.

CFNC is a collaborative effort between the UNC System, the NC Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina Community College System, NC Independent Colleges and Universities, the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, and the non-profit College Foundation, Inc.

How the UNC System is making higher education more accessible.