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Application Fees Waived During CFNC's College Application Week

Nov 06, 2018 02:22PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Courtesy of College Foundation of North Carolina's Facebook page @mycfnc.

College is expensive, that's just the reality for people in America right now. On top of tuition costs once accepted, anyone applying to college is required to pay an application fee. Fortunately, the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) hosted their own College Application Week from Oct. 15 – 19.

During this week, many North Carolina colleges and universities waive application fees. However, in response to Hurricane Florence, CFNC extended these waivers beyond College Application Week until Nov. 16 in disaster-impacted counties.

College Application week is part of the NC Count Down to College initiative, which is a month-long program where financial aid administrators, nonprofits, high schools, and many others are aim help high school seniors complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Residency Determination Service (RDS), and college applications. 

Initially funded in 2005 through a GEAR UP NC grant, College Application Week officially began in 2007 when the CFNC was created. Studies found that students who were encouraged to not only apply to college but were assisted were most likely to make the effort to finish applications. It was this research that inspired College Application Week and waiving application fees. 

Timeka Ruffin, a College Foundation of North Carolina representative, spends her time traveling throughout her region in North Carolina to high schools. She answers any and all questions that students and parents might have about college and the application process. 

This is the second year of CFNC's month-long promotion, and over 30,000 students applied to colleges through the program last year. Ruffin is hoping for even more this year, but the numbers are still on hold due to the hurricane. 

New this year to College Application Week includes information and applications for residency and FAFSA. This is in an effort to reiterate how important the college planning process as a whole is. In fact, certain colleges require a residency application as a part of the regular application. Residency applications can now be completed online. 

These applications are primarily for high school seniors, particularly those that are first generation college students. Those interested in participating must be North Carolina residents applying to colleges in North Carolina. A limited number of colleges participate in this week. 

Ruffin also noted that some college do need the application fees in order to operate, which is why some colleges might not participate. 

"We want to encourage people to get applications done in general," Ruffin said. "The earlier they know, the more they can plan financially. So, get them done early, even if their college isn't participating in the College Application Week."

Learn more about this week by visiting the CFNC website

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