One of the best resources for college bound students in North Carolina is CFNC.org. CFNC’s tag line is “helping you plan, apply and pay for college” and they do just that. Students can register for an account by their freshman year in high school and they can track and keep their records organized, get notified of scholarships and grants they are eligible for; when it comes time to apply for colleges, they only need to complete their personal information once and the site will keep their ‘master’ application that they can then send to universities.
Anyone who has a college bound student knows how expensive it can get to apply for college. This is just to apply mind you, not the cost of attending college. There are tests that you have to pay for, and believe it or not, you have to pay to apply. The whole process can get quite expensive.
Thanks to NC Governor Easley, some North Carolina families can breath a little easier this holiday season. The press release below declares this week College Application Week. That means that between November 12-16, 2007, students can apply to most NC Colleges and Universities for FREE!
Governor Easley Declares November 12-16 College Application Week; Many N.C. Colleges and Universities to Offer Fee Waivers for the Week
College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and the Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CACRAO) to co-sponsor College Application Week
RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Governor Easley has declared November 12-16, 2007 College Application Week in North Carolina. More than 100 high schools across the state will hold programs to assist their high school seniors in applying to North Carolina colleges and universities using CFNC.org.
Students can apply to all 110 North Carolina colleges and universities on CFNC.org, with no application fee to 27 colleges and universities and all 58 North Carolina community colleges during the event. As many as 25,000 North Carolina students are expected to apply to college online during College Application Week. The event is being provided by College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and the Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CACRAO).
“This is a golden opportunity for the high school senior who needs that final nudge of encouragement to apply and find out that college really is possible,” said Steve Brooks, executive director of the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority. “College Application Week also provides an opportunity for them to learn that CFNC provides a one-stop shop to find out about North Carolina colleges and universities and to learn how to pay for college. Details about state grants and how to apply for aid are also available on the site.”
“College Application Week sends the message that college is possible for every student in North Carolina,” said Bobby Kanoy, senior associate vice president for academic and student affairs for The University of North Carolina. “We hope all students, whether they are in middle school or high school, are planning for college because North Carolina makes it possible for everyone, and there is a college to fit the need of every high school graduate.”
College Application Week will expand to become a statewide effort in 2008. In a 2006 pilot program, 15 high schools participated in College Application Week and more than 900 students submitted online college applications.
According to the N.C. Commission on Workforce Development, by 2014 North Carolina will need more than 400,000 new workers with at least a bachelor’s degree to be competitive in the global economy.
“In today’s global economy, a college education is critical to gaining access to the best opportunities,” Easley said. “I want to make sure North Carolina is doing everything it can to help students earn a college degree and applying to college is the first step.”
A list of colleges and universities offering temporary fee waivers for 2007 College Application Week can be found at the CFNC website or by calling 866-866-CFNC toll-free.
About College Foundation of North Carolina
College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), a free service of the State of North Carolina provided by Pathways, College Foundation, Inc. and the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority, helps students plan, apply and pay for college.
Pathways is a state-based initiative including North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction, the University of North Carolina System, the North Carolina Community Colleges, and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities working together to increase access to college for all North Carolinians.
College Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation serving North Carolina students and families since 1955, administers a portfolio of more than $2 billion, including low-interest federal education loans, the state’s college grant programs and the tax-free “529” college savings
program on behalf of the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority.
For more information about planning, applying or paying for college, visit http://www.CFNC.org or call toll-free 1-866-866-CFNC.
About Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions
CACRAO serves 200 institutions of higher education in North and South
Carolina. The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions
Officers (AACRAO) is the national organization of which CACRAO is a member.