The first step to getting financial aid

To find out if you’re eligible for federal, state, and other money for college, fill out the FAFSA first.

FAFSA

N.C. Colleges and Universities — A Good Deal

With 110 N.C. colleges and universities, you’ll find just the right academic programs, location, activities, size and cost to fit your interests and budget.

Learn More

Figure out the financial side of college

Our tools and resources will help you check costs, compare schools, and understand the college aid process.

Learn More

 

Watch a one-minute video to get the inside scoop on paying for college

 

SEARCH FOR FUNDING OPTIONS NOW

Make your college dreams a reality

You’ve set your sights on college, now how are you going to pay for it? With CFNC you’ll find multiple ways to handle the costs and get the great education you deserve. Since 2001, CFNC has helped more North Carolina students and families plan for college than any other resource center.

We can help you compare college costs, get familiar with the different types of financial aid, and understand the different strategies you can use to pay for your education.

Read More

Understanding Your Financial Aid Package

You’ve sent in your applications, filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), interviewed with schools and kept your grades up. Now, with graduation quickly approaching, it’s time to finalize your post-secondary education decision. Given that part of your decision will be based on your ability to cover the cost of tuition at your school of choice, understanding your financial aid package is critical.

 

When you filled out your FAFSA,

Read More

How to Avoid Financial Aid Scams

 

Preparing for college is an exciting, yet trying, time. From writing college application essays to applying for financial aid, there is much to be done and so little time to do it all. Unfortunately, many people know this, and they try to take advantage of overworked, stressed students and parents in the form of financial aid scams. The good news is, it’s easy to protect yourself from many of the most common scams — all it takes is knowing the signs of a scam… and a little common sense!

Read More