College Prep Starts Early


If you really want to prepare your kids for college, starting them young – like when they are babies or in kindergarten – isn’t crazy. There’s a reason some parents stress over getting their children into the best pre-schools and making sure they read to their kids in the womb. You want to set up a love for learning and a strong educational foundation, so there’s never any doubt that your child will go to college.

Golden LEAF Scholarship Deadline Approaching

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The Golden LEAF Scholarship is still accepting applications for the 2018-19 academic year. The Golden LEAF foundation awards 215 students each year across various counties in North Carolina. Recipients are awarded $3,000 a year for up to four years, for a value of $12,000. Students must be enrolled for fall of 2018 in qualifying North Carolina universities or colleges, demonstrate financial need, and have permanent residency in select rural counties. 

The Top 10 College Admission Factors

Although deadlines may vary from college to college, it is recommended that high school students apply to college in the fall semester of their senior year. Seniors should begin the application process prior to the fall semester by selecting their top choices based on academics, personal preferences, and affordability. After narrowing your choices, it is important to take note of admission requirements for each institution you wish to apply.

Below are the top 10 factors colleges consider when admitting new students:

  • College prep course grades
  • Strength of courses
  • SAT/ACT test scores
  • All grades
  • Written essays
  • Demonstrated interest of student
  • Recommendation from counselor
  • Class rank
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Extracurriculars

For more information about applying to college,

Avoid College Application Fees This Week

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For high school seniors and their parents, applying to college can be both stressful and expensive, with application fees ranging anywhere from $35 to $85. Before you know it, the cost of even applying to college can add up and burn a hole in your wallet.

However, this week students will have the chance to apply to select schools across the Carolinas for free. From Monday, November 13th until this Friday, November 17th at 5:00 p.m.,

Beware of Financial Aid Scams

As parents and students are applying to go to college, you’re sure to be talking about how you will pay for college costs. One way in which you can gain access to funds is by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is the starting point for accessing scholarships, loans, grants and work study.

Unfortunately, there are people and companies out there who take advantage of the fact that families need to access to this money.

CFNC Announces November as North Carolina College Application Month

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With high school seniors on the verge of applying for college, it’s good to know that College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is ready to help. In fact, CFNC has announced that November will be known as College Application Month. During this period, seniors are encouraged to tackle three key tasks: apply for college, complete their NC residency form and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This will help to ensure that all applying to college tasks are checked off the list long before graduation day arrives!