financial aid

How Expected Family Contribution Affects Financial Aid

Mother and daughter checking EFC.

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

A FAFSA application waiting to be filled out next to a computer and free money.

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,

Financial Aid: One Tool to Make Higher Education Possible

Make Higher Education Possible

Financial aid is one of the tools that makes higher education possible for many students. It may mean being able to continue your education when you otherwise would not be able or being able to attend the school of your choice despite higher tuition costs.

Financial aid includes:

Courses, Costs, and Calculations

college budget

How to develop a college budget and still have some fun!

Heading to college is one of the most exciting times of your life. You’re about to start the shift from dependence on home and high school resources to greater independence in all areas of your life. If you’re like many young adults, this is the first time that you’ll be experiencing life without the constant oversight of your parents.

Of course,

Understanding Your Financial Aid Package

Financial Aid Package

You’ve sent in your applications, filled out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), interviewed with schools and kept your grades up. Now, with graduation quickly approaching, it’s time to finalize your post-secondary education decision. Given that part of your decision will be based on your ability to cover the cost of tuition at your school of choice, understanding your financial aid package is critical.

 

When you filled out your FAFSA,

College Foundation of North Carolina Announces Winners of #CollegeBound Drawing

college bound

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.

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.

College aid changes take effect; applicants can get help on FAFSA

“Amy Denton, a regional representative for the College Foundation of North Carolina, said the changes mean students can complete and submit their FAFSA earlier and avoid having to go back and make corrections after tax season.

‘I can see this meaning there will be less corrections, less opportunities for verifications families have to go through because the taxes are already sitting with the IRS, she said. They can link to the IRS and import it into the FAFSA.’”

Students can apply for financial aid earlier this year

FAFSA Day

“For in-person help filing the FAFSA, students and families are invited to attend FAFSA Day, Oct. 29, at UNC Asheville.

The location is one of 50 sites across the state where students can get help. To find other locations in Western North Carolina, visit CFNC.org/FAFSAday or call 866-866-CFNC. Pre-registration is encouraged for FAFSA Day.”

Read the whole story at Asheville Citizen-Times.

RCC Hosts FAFSA Day October 29; It’s Earlier This Year

FAFSA

 

“The free FAFSA Day is taking place earlier than in years past, according to Joey Trogdon, assistant director of financial aid and veterans affairs for RCC, because of federal regulation changes. On FAFSA Day, college financial aid officers and other volunteers will help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms over the internet. FAFSA Day is a program offered by College Foundation of North Carolina and the N.C.