Tuition and Financial Aid
Financing your MAC degree can be achieved through a variety of resources. We're here to help guide you through the financial aid process, including fellowships and scholarships.
Paying For Your MAC
Financing your MAC degree can be achieved through a variety of resources. First, you’ll need to know what it costs.
A typical on-campus MAC student completes the program in one year, while online MAC students typically take longer to complete the degree due to full-time or part-time professional commitments.
Note for international students: A Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR) is required for applicants who will be applying for or are already in the student visa status (F-1 or J-1). The CFR requires the candidate to provide evidence of the financial resources necessary to cover all expenses, including those of any accompanying dependents, for each year of study. The estimated financial requirements for 2023-2024 international admits is approximately $50,000. This is the total estimated financial requirement for international graduate students to receive an I-20 for F-1 visa status for study in the 2022-23 academic year. Please be sure that you have a plan in place for funding your studies before applying. For more information click here.
Based on tuition rates recommended for the 2023-24 academic year, Jenkins MAC students can expect to pay approximately the tuition amounts shown in the table below. All amounts shown are minimum estimates for full program tuition and do not include books, materials costs and future tuition increases. You can review the estimated costs of attendance for information about the full cost of attendance, including expenses beyond tuition and fees.
|Out-of -State Tuition
**If completed full-time. Part-time pricing varies, depending on how many courses are taken per semester and/or during the summer.
Full tuition information can be found on the Student Services website:
*Tuition rates are based on 2023-24 figures and are subject to change.
Estimated Cost for Books
About half of the classes in the MAC program do not require students to purchase a textbook. A student can expect an estimated cost for books to be between $250-$300 per semester (assuming full-time enrollment).
Applicants to NC State typically have their initial tuition residency status determined based on responses they provide as part of their application to the MAC program. More information about residency status may be found on the NC State Graduate School website.
MAC scholarships are merit-based and are made possible through a partnership between sponsoring CPA firms, the NC State Graduate School, alumni and the Poole College of Management’s Department of Accounting. All students* who submit an application no later than February 1 are considered for a scholarship award.
*Scholarships are only available for students in the On-Campus MAC program.
Recipients of MAC scholarships are selected based on their scholarship, leadership, service, experience, presence and integrity. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $19,000.
There are also several North Carolina and national scholarships available to graduate students.
- North Carolina CPA Foundation – The North Carolina CPA Foundation, Inc. awards several annual merit-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. In 2016, the Foundation awarded 31 scholarships to deserving students representing 14 North Carolina colleges and universities. In addition, all qualified applicants will receive a complimentary one-year NCACPA membership. Visit the NCACPA website for eligibility requirements and an application.
- National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) – Since its inception, NABA, Inc. has provided more than $11 million in scholarship funds to deserving students preparing to enter various accounting, finance and business professions. In the past two fiscal years (FY2015 and FY2016), NABA awarded over $230,000 and the amount continues to grow annually. See the NABA website and contact your local NABA chapter for more information.
- AICPA National Scholarships – The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) provides several scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students each year. Their website also provides an option to search for other scholarships throughout the country. Visit the AICPA website to start searching.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund – The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation’s leading Hispanic educational organization. HSF provides more college scholarships to the Latino community than any other organization, in support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees. In its 26-year history, HSF has awarded more than 45,000 scholarships totaling nearly $60 million to Latinos from all 50 states and Puerto Rico, who have attended more than 1,300 colleges and universities. For more information visit the HSF website.
Graduate assistants are paid to assist faculty with teaching and/or research activities. Opportunities are also available to assist with the accounting clinic, teach accounting labs and work for the MAC Program or ERM Initiative. Over 50% of the MAC class typically receives a GA position.
Positions are available for on-campus MAC students and typically range from 5 to 7.5 hours/week and provide the student with extra spending money for the semester along with great work experience. Positions are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basic after the advising session held in March.
Financial aid may be available on a limited basis. Long-term, low-interest federal loans including the Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Stafford Loans may be obtained. For more information, visit the Student Services website.