NC Countdown to College Kicks Off
Take advantage of activities and special savings to help high school seniors complete residency, FAFSA and admission applications in October
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Take advantage of activities to help high school seniors complete residency, FAFSA and admission applications during NC Countdown to College in October. Many colleges even waive application fees during the third week of the month, and in response to Hurricane Florence, the College Foundation of North Carolina is extending these waivers beyond College Application Week until Nov. 16 in disaster-impacted counties. NC Countdown to College is an annual campaign to support high school seniors in completing three important college enrollment steps:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
To be eligible for in-state tuition, state grants and certain financial aid, students must show that they are a resident of North Carolina. Go to ncresidency.org to complete residency determination, also known as RDS. This is important regardless of what college or university the student may attend in North Carolina. Tip: Students will use the same username and password for ncresidency.org and CFNC.org.
Completing the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) gives families access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college. In addition to federal financial aid, the State of North Carolina and most NC colleges use FAFSA information to award state and institutional financial aid. Students and parents should first create a FSA ID in order to login to complete the FAFSA, and they must complete it with 2017 tax information. Tip: Students and parents might want to complete NC’s Residency Determination Service process (above) at the same time as the FAFSA since much of the required information is the same.
CFNC, in partnership with the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the State Employees' Credit Union, sponsors FAFSA Day every year. On that day, students and their families meet with college financial aid officers who help them complete and submit their FAFSA. FAFSA Day is Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. See the FAFSA Day Locations Map for a site near you. Registration for FAFSA Day is open until Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. Can't make it to FAFSA Day? Contact your local financial aid office to help.
College Application Week is Oct. 15-19 (until 5 pm), and volunteers at hundreds of North Carolina high schools will help students submit online applications for admission. During this week, many North Carolina colleges and universities waive their application fees. Qualifying students can use the College Board or ACT fee waiver for institutions not waiving their application fees (see your high school counselor for more information). During College Application Week 2017, hundreds of volunteers helped 15,392 students submit 44,882 admission applications and 53,923 electronic high school transcripts.
In light of the significant impact of Hurricane Florence on many schools and families in eastern North Carolina, a number of colleges have extended their admission application fee waivers until Nov. 16 (5:00 pm) for students in the 28 designated counties listed below. When a student is completing his or her application cfnc.org, the system will provide the special fee waiver option based on the county in his or her permanent/mailing address on the application. Learn more here.
- New Hanover