Many high school seniors are thinking about the next step in their education. Aliaha Austin, with the College Advising Corps at East Bladen High School, announced today would kick off the College Application Week.
North Carolina Countdown to College annual campaign is held every October. During the yearly event, high school seniors are encouraged to complete three critical steps towards college enrollment. Residency, FAFSA, and college applications are the three steps high school seniors will need to take to attend college. Ms. Austin and her colleagues have been assisting students and their parents navigate through these three steps.
Students must prove North Carolina residency to qualify for in-state tuitions, state grants, and other financial aid. Students must also complete a FAFSA to receive some financial aid or financial guidance for college expenses.
Austin did explain, this year the College Application Week has been extended for an extra week, according to cfnc.org. October 19 through October 30, 2020, students may apply to many North Carolina colleges and universities without paying an application fee. Not all schools are participating in the campaign; therefore, Ms. Austin suggests checking the cfnc.org website to find out more.
Ms. Austin and her colleagues were also featured in a recent Washington Post article by Virtual appointments and drive-through sessions: How college counselors are helping students complete the FAFSA.