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.

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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.

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Figure out the financial side of college

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

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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.

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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!

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Top 7 Jobs for Working Students

Some college students decide to work during their college years to supplement their budget. Studies show that working 10-15 hours per week actually can improve budgeting time more efficiently as well as earning money.  However, working more than 20 hours a week can cut back on your ability to keep up with your studies. You need to find the work-study balance right for you — financially and academically.

When looking for a job,

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