Applying to N.C. Colleges, Universities Gets Easier This Week
If your son or daughter is a graduating senior applying to a North Carolina college or university, this week brings free help in filling out applications and savings in the form of fee waivers.
Gov. Beverly Perdue has declared Nov. 14-18 North Carolina College Application Week, an effort to help students who are the first in their family to attend college and students who may not otherwise apply to college. The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and the Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers are co-sponsoring the event. During Nov. 14-18, graduating seniors who apply to N.C. colleges and universities through CFNC.org can get free assistance from on-site counselors. And if you've ever been through the headache of the college application process, you'll know how valuable that help is.
Plus, 29 of North Carolina's private colleges and universities, including Barton College, Meredith College and Campbell University, as well as Elizabeth City State University and Winston-Salem State University, will waive their normal application fees for all North Carolina students applying through CFNC.org. And the remaining 13 UNC campuses and six private institutions will waive application fees for students who qualify for the College Board fee waiver. Students who are eligible for SAT fee waivers are typically eligible for College Board application fee waivers as well. Eligible students can get fee waivers from their high school counselor's office. North Carolina's 58 community colleges do not charge application fees.
At a time when students face the grim reality of unemployed parents and universities considering tuition hikes, this week offers hope for those dreaming of higher education. Someone is stretching out a hand to help guide them and ease their first step into college.
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