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.

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.

Does Using my 529 Account for K-12 Expenses Make Sense for me?



After the recent change in federal tax law, families with 529 college savings plans are now able to pay for private K-12 schooling with their accounts. Under the revision, families may withdraw up to $10,000 per year from 529 accounts to cover the costs. However, families in North Carolina are only advised to use their 529 accounts when covering costs that fall under Qualified Higher Education Expenses (QHEE), such as tuition, room and board,

College Application Week Supports High School Seniors

College Application Week Supports High School Seniors

College Application Week is a useful tool for all students, especially high school seniors, unsure about post graduate plans. The week long event was a huge success and great opportunity for students to receive help applying to college, not to mention the waived fees for select schools!

College Foundation of North Carolina representative, Laura Misner shares additional information about the week long event and three important college enrollment steps: Residency,

College Application Week Saves You Money


This week, select colleges across North Carolina are waiving application fees to help high schools seniors submit applications and save money. CFNC knows that applying to college adds up quickly, which is why we encourage students to take part in College Application Week. This year, all students must have their applications submitted by Friday, November 17th at 5:00 p.m.

See how Northwest High School in Guilford County gets seniors excited about college and motivates them to take part in College Application Week!

Types of Financial Aid

If you’re planning for college in the 2018 – 2019 school year, you’ve no doubt heard of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It’s a critical form for families as they think about how to pay for college. In fact, the form gives you access to three types of financial aid:

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Beware of Financial Aid Scams

As parents and students who are preparing to go to college, you’re sure to be talking about how you will pay for college costs. One way in which you can gain access to funds is by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is the starting point for accessing scholarships, loans, grants and work study.

Unfortunately, there are people and companies out there who take advantage of the fact that families need to access to this money.

Timeka Ruffin Talks About Paying for College

Timeka Ruffin

College Foundation of North Carolina’s Timeka Ruffin talked with parents at Anson High School on September 21 about various options that they have when it comes to paying for college. The discussion touched on a variety of college cost topics, including scholarships, financial aid, and balancing tuition with room & board expenses.

Read the complete details in the Anson Record article.

Get additional help on paying for college at or by calling 866-866-CFNC.

College Foundation of North Carolina Announces Winners of #CollegeBound Drawing

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Six North Carolina Students Win $500 to Put Toward College Expenses

May 2017 (Raleigh, N.C.) – College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) was proud to sponsor the #CollegeBound Drawing on the CFNC Facebook page during the month of April. Six lucky high school seniors from North Carolina were drawn from the pool of entrants and each received $500 to put toward their higher education.