paying for college

How to Pay for College With Little or No Money

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Applying and getting ready for college can be a daunting task. On top of that, the responsibility of figuring out how to pay for school can be overwhelming. So, how do you pay for college if you have no money? There are many options available to help you pay for college expenses and make your dreams within your reach!

Fill Out the FAFSA

Step one of figuring out how to get financial aid for
college is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

5 Steps to Prepare for Scholarship Search Season

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Listen up, high school juniors! It’s time to start thinking about the important steps to come as you prepare for the next journey in your life: college. For many, one of the more stressful aspects of college preparation is financial planning, which is why College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) encourages all students to seek scholarship opportunities to help cover the cost of higher education expenses; a process that usually commences in the fall semester of your senior year.

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.

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,

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.

CFNC Wins Coveted Telly Award

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38th Annual Telly Awards Honor North Carolina Service That Promotes Higher Education

College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), a free service helping North Carolinians plan, apply, and pay for college, was  named a winner in the 38th annual Telly Awards for its breakthrough marketing campaign, “Time to Apply for College and Financial Aid?”  Telly Awards honor the best in TV and cable, digital and streaming,

Top 7 Jobs for Working Students

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Some college students decide to work during their college years to supplement their budget. Studies show that working 10-15 hours per week actually can improve budgeting time more efficiently as well as earning money.  However, working more than 20 hours a week can cut back on your ability to keep up with your studies. You need to find the work-study balance right for you — financially and academically.

When looking for a job,

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.

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


“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 or call 866-866-CFNC. Pre-registration is encouraged for FAFSA Day.”

Read the whole story at Asheville Citizen-Times.