Practice for the SAT While Applying to Scholarships!

As a student, we know you’re a pro at multitasking. Juggling your time with school, homework, studying, and extracurricular activities can be a challenge, especially when you also want to make time for relaxation and fun. Add college preparations to the mix, and you’re one busy student. CFNC is here to help, and this time, we have the perfect multi-tasking opportunity for your busy schedule: The PSAT/NMSQT.

For those of you who don’t know what that jumble of letters means,

What is FAFSA Day?


For most students, financial aid is the key to higher education. Fortunately, students can apply for the financial aid they need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at no cost to them. In addition, if a student feels overwhelmed with the process, he or she can attend FAFSA Day on October 27. At this free, state-wide event, expert financial aid administrators help students and parents with the FAFSA.

Make Your Summer Job Work On Your College Applications


There are almost as many reasons students work summer jobs as there are types of summer jobs available. But no matter what type of summer job you do, or why you do it, you can make it work for you on your college applications. Maybe you work a summer job as a short-order cook at a fast food restaurant because you need to earn money. Maybe you work a summer internship at a local television station because you’re interested in a career in video production.

The Hidden Costs of A College Education

Some families get a huge sticker shock when they start looking into the cost of a college education. There are so many factors to consider; are you going to a two-year college or a four-year university? Will it be a public or private school? Will you have any type of financial assistance or will you be fully responsible for the costs? But, even once you narrow these questions down, there are still more questions to answer… and the answers can affect your TOTAL college cost in a big way.

Looking for Ways to Reduce Your Tuition Bill?

College is a time for academic challenges, personal growth and professional opportunities; unfortunately, many students feel their time at college is often overshadowed by their looming tuition bill. According to USA Today, student debt was at $1.2 trillion in 2015 and has continued to grow as tuition and associated fees continue to rise. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to cut down on those costs and make the most of your college experience.

Hit The Road! Saving Money on College Tours

College visits are an important step in the college selection process. Visiting potential schools can be very exciting, but unfortunately, these trips can also be expensive. Luckily, there are ways to make the most of your experience while not emptying your wallet.

Start Early

Sophomore year is not too early to start looking at schools.  If you start looking early, you can spread out the time and expenses involved in touring multiple campuses.

Five Things to Know About Financial Aid

According to the College Board’s 2017 Trends in Higher Education report, the cost of tuition for a four-year public college or university weighs in at just under $10,000— a price tag that comes as a surprise to many families. Luckily, there are billions of dollars in federal financial aid available to North Carolinian students.

CFNC’s regional representative, Sarita Broadway highlights the top five things both parents and students should know when it comes to applying and evaluating federal financial aid offers.

Building a Future with FAFSA


CFNC helps make higher education a possibility for every student with personalized financial aid assistance and scholarship opportunities. Watch as Princess Collins, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, shares how she paved her way to success by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and taking advantage of CFNC scholarships.

If you need help paying for higher education expenses, file the FAFSA and secure your future.

FAFSA: Separating Fact from Fiction

All right, we admit it. Filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is no walk in the park. Families across the country make the unfortunate decision to skip filling out the form, potentially missing out on opportunities to make their dream of a college education a reality. So why do families make the choice to forgo the FAFSA? It’s usually because they don’t have the proper information. There are a lot of myths surrounding the FAFSA,

How Does Interest Rate Factor Into College Loan Costs?


When you’re calculating college costs, you can’t forget about the interest rate.

Well, you can forget, which is the problem with all loans. You stare at the sticker price on a car, and consumers often don’t think about the interest rate attached. You buy a $200,000 home, for instance, and you don’t think about the 3.92 percent interest rate — meaning that the total cost of the home over 30 years of payments is actually $340,427.