Ways to Pay for College, Courtesy of Your State

North Carolina Scholarship Info

The price tag for college may seem daunting, but, in comparison with many other states, you’ll find North Carolina’s colleges and universities reasonably priced.  Plus, a number of North Carolina residents planning to attend an in-state school benefit from North Carolina scholarships, grants, and other programs to help cover college costs.

To be considered for North Carolina scholarships or grants, you’ll need to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) first. 

Should You Work While in College?

According to a study done by Georgetown University, 70 percent of college students work at least part-time while getting a bachelor’s degree. But for some students, working part- or full-time during the school year can spell trouble for their grades and make it hard to keep up with their classes. There are many pros and cons to holding a job during college, so that has to be something you discuss with your financial aid office and consider when planning your college budget.

What Can Earn You a Scholarship?

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships are a great way to pay for college. For one, they are a nice reward you for your hard work, your dedication to an activity, or even some aspect of your identity. But scholarships also offer what many refer to as “free money.” That means money you don’t have to pay back. Read on to learn the main types of scholarships, and how to find them!


Most people know that your academic performance can earn you scholarships.

How to Begin Your Scholarship Search

There are many different ways to help pay for college savings, current income, part-time work while in college, grants, scholarships and loans. Most people pay for their education using a combination of all of these.

Saving for college as early as possible is always a good idea, but few people can cover the entire cost of college just with savings. That’s why one of the first things to do when seeking money for college is to look for grants and scholarships,

Four Tools To Help You Pay for College (Part Two)

This is part two in a post about ways to pay for college. Previous post touched on savings, scholarships and work study opportunities as ways to pay for college.

Education Loans

Another way to help pay for college is an education loan. The federal government offers both student and parent loans, the Federal Direct Loan for students and the Direct PLUS Loan for parents. The origination fee on these loans tend to be very reasonable.

Four Tools To Help You Pay for College (Part One)

Families are often concerned about the cost of college, but there are many tools to help families be prepared. Money spent for higher education is an investment in the student’s future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the more education a student has beyond high school, the higher his or her future income is likely to be.

However, few families will have money in hand to pay the entire cost of college for a student.

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.