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Revised on: August 27, 2019

Updated FY20 Rates for Allowable Fees on Federal Funding

Earlier this year, the UNC Graduate School announced a mandate updating University guidelines for payment of mandatory graduate student fees for Fall 2019 implementation. In response, the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) provided details on the OSR Website that included guidance for budgeting and a table of allowable fees on federal funding sources.

New estimated student Tuition and Fee rates for academic year 2019-2020 have recently released. To aid in budgeting on sponsored projects effective 7/1/2019 and onwards, please reference the OSR Website for updated budgeting guidance and graduate student fee rates.

Updated Graduate Student Fee Guidance

  • Allowable student fees may be escalated up to 5% (typical is 3%); consult your OSR Sponsored Projects Specialist or SPO Grants Analyst for consideration of any other escalation levels
  • Allowable student fees are exempt from Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs
  • Applicable to all awards on federal funding sources – training grants included (Clarification provided on August 27, 2019)
  • Budget account code for Training Fees Allowable: 568731 (OSR Budget Revision Form is also updated)

Questions about the mandate may be directed to Beverly Wyrick, Graduate School Director of Administration and Finance at (919) 962-6318 or

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