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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Your Future, Is In Your Hands

Watch as this student shares how filing the FAFSA helped pave her way to success.

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Visit the Residency Determination Service to verify your North Carolina residency. You must do this to qualify for in-state tuition and NC grants.

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FAFSA: It Doesn't Matter How You Say It,
As Long As You Do It!

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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.

How Expected Family Contribution Affects Financial Aid

Every parent wants their child to
be accepted by the school of their dreams and to have the ability to pay for
it. For most families, cost is a huge factor in choosing a college. Figuring
out how to pay for higher education can be confusing. That’s because there are
many factors to consider, including how much it will cost to attend each school
and how much your family can afford to pay. Understand the Expected Family
Contributing (EFC) is important in this process.

FAFSA: How to Get Free Money for College

Everyone likes free stuff, like an extra doughnut from your
favorite coffee shop on your birthday. But what about free money for college? You
could be missing out on an important source of funds if you don’t complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It’s the easiest way to qualify for free money in
the form of grants and scholarships. This may sound complicated, but the
process is very easy,

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