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College Preparation Step-by-Step Guide

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For many high school students, and some parents, college
preparation can feel overwhelming. There is often so much to do that you don’t
even know where to begin.

Lucky for you, CFNC is in your corner to help you plan, apply, and pay for college. Here’s your guide detailing everything you need to know about how to prepare for college from the high school halls to college campuses.

Start Prepping for College Early

This is a point that cannot be stressed enough.

What To Do If You Miss Your School’s Financial Aid Deadline

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a crucial step in getting funds to help pay for college. However, in order to get access to the more than $120 billion in federal and state student aid available each year, you have to meet the deadlines. Unfortunately, sometimes life gets in the way, and you may discover that a deadline has passed you by. Luckily, all is not lost – there may still be a chance for you to get the financial aid you need.

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:

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.

How to Earn College Credit in Three Hours


These days, college can be expensive. And with tuition costs rising every year, many students are looking for alternative options that can get them in and out of school faster and for less money. One such option is the CLEP exams. In just three hours of exam time, plus the time spent preparing, students can exempt entire semesters worth of course work and tuition payments. Read on to learn why the CLEP exams might be a good option for you or your student.

How Parents Can Help Kids Prepare for College

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April Query from College Foundation of North Carolina gave an interview with WECT to advise parents on how to help their kids prepare for college.

College is a huge endeavor, and to complete it successfully can take years of planning. April, and CFNC leaders, wanted parents to know that college planning is done best when it’s started early and it’s taken seriously. There are several tools on that parents can use to help them build a college plan,