About TrACE

UNCG TrACE (Transfer, Accelerate, Complete, and Engage) is part of a UNC System initiative designed to help North Carolina Community College transfer students, who have completed an associate degree and earned at least 60 transferable hours, to complete their bachelor’s degree.

TrACE provides a range of financial, academic, and personal support.

Why You Should Join!

Degree completion is the goal and we are here to support you! How, you might ask? Great
question. Benefits include:

  • Dedicated TrACE Academic Advisor
  • Monthly monetary incentive for participation
  • Textbook assistance
  • Tuition & Fee Gap Scholarship
    • You are eligible for this component if you have qualified for federal or state need-
      based financial aid.
    • If you are in receipt of financial aid, this scholarship will cover remaining unmet
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    • If you do not qualify for financial aid, but meet other eligibility criteria for TrACE,
      you may participate in the program and be eligible for other incentives; however,
      you are not eligible to receive a tuition gap scholarship.
  • Summer Tuition Support
    • This support will cover up to 6 credit hours both summer terms (i.e., Summer I
      and Summer II). Summer tuition support will be applied after all other sources
      of aid.
  • Academic and co-curricular support resources
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Are You Eligible?

In order to qualify for the UNCG TrACE Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a North Carolina resident
  • Be an admitted transfer student from a NC Community College with an associate degree, pursuing a first bachelor’s degree
  • Begin at UNCG in Fall 2022. Current UNCG transfer students are not eligible.
  • No more than 2 years between departure from a NC Community college and enrollment at UNCG
  • Have a minimum of 60 transferable credits and no more than 90 transferable credits
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); UNCG Federal School Code is 002976.
  • Graduates of Cooperative Innovative High Schools (e.g., early and middle colleges) and fully online students are not eligible for the TrACE program

TrACE Program Requirements/Expectations

  • Maintain full-time status
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits each academic year; enroll in summer or winter courses, if needed, to earn 30 credits
  • Meet regularly with your academic advisor
  • Participate in required activities/events
  • Commit to following the academic plan developed by you and your advisor and completing your bachelor’s degree
  • Respond promptly to all communications sent out by TrACE staff
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year
    • If you do not receive financial aid, but are otherwise eligible, you may join TrACE; however, you are not eligible to receive a tuition gap scholarship

How to Apply

You may have already completed many of these steps!

  1. Apply for admission to UNCG
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.fafsa.gov; if eligible, accept all federal and state grants
  3. Get accepted to UNCG — CONGRATULATIONS! —and accept your offer of admission as well as your intent to enroll.
  4. Complete all admissions requirements.
  5. Apply to the TrACE program by August 1. Please note that if the number of eligible students is more than the number of program spots, your application will be entered into a lottery and offers to participate in TrACE will be made by random selection.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Email TrACE@uncg.edu or contact Trina Gabriel, UNCG TrACE Program Director at tlgabrie@uncg.edu or 336.334.3787.