College Access Event, NC Countdown to College to Take Place in October

Activities Will Support High School Seniors in Completing Three College Enrollment Steps: Residency, FAFSA and Applications

This year, North Carolina’s annual college access event has been renamed NC Countdown to College and will take place in October. This event is geared toward high school seniors to aid them in completing three important college enrollment steps:

To be eligible for in-state tuition, state grants and certain financial aid, students must provide proof of North Carolina residency. Last year, the state implemented RDS as a centralized method of establishing residency, rather than having each college or university make its own determination. Students should visit NCResidency.org to complete their residency determination.

Completing the FAFSA is equally important. The FAFSA gives students access to need-based federal and state financial aid. In addition to determining eligibility for federal and state aid, the information on the FAFSA is often used by NC colleges to award certain need-based scholarships and other institutional financial aid.

Supporting students in submitting college applications is the final piece of NC Countdown to College, and is highlighted during “college application week,” October 15-19. As in years past, many N.C. colleges and universities elect to waive their application fees for applications submitted on CFNC.org during this period. During this week, counselors, support staff and qualified volunteers will help students at hundreds of N.C. high schools submit online college applications through the College Foundation of North Carolina’s (CFNC) application hub.

“We are looking forward to Countdown to College,” says Tenika McMillan, Countdown to College coordinator. “Our annual college access events have been tremendously successful in years past, and this year is shaping up to be our best event yet. This October, students will be able to get the help they need to successfully start down the path to higher education.”

Students interested in participating in NC Countdown to College, should first make a profile with College Foundation of North Carolina.  CFNC assists students and families as they plan, apply and pay for college.