Five UNC campuses will waive application fees for the week
Applying to college can be an arduous process for high school students as they take standardized tests and craft essays to tell their story just right. This process is often discouraging to students, especially when they realize that to apply they have to pay a fee.
College application fees can be as high as $85, and begin to add up as students apply to more than one school. These fees can be a barrier to access for some students, which is why the College Foundation of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina are partnering for NC College Application Week.
This is a week geared to helping more NC high school seniors apply early to colleges in North Carolina. It aims to not only get students to apply, but to waive application fees to facilitate the process.
The Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the UNC system are participating by waiving their application fees for the week. These campuses- Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University and Winston-Salem State University-are eliminating any barrier blocking their applicants.
Last year, 27,304 high school students in North Carolina submitted 71,469 applications as a part of North Carolina College Application Week. This was an increase from the previous year, and those numbers are expected to grow again this year. This year there is also an increase to 469 sites participating in the week.
The HBCUs are also using this opportunity to communicate with more high school applicants while students can apply for free.
North Carolina A&T State University is publicizing the NC College Application through its website. The website advertised, “N.C. A&T is a preeminent institution with award-winning faculty, intensive academic programs, community-focused initiatives and a rich heritage. A&T prepares students to enhance the quality of life for themselves, the citizens of North Carolina, the nation and the world. Students are encouraged to consider A&T and all it offers.”
NCCU is reaching out to high school students through social media. Undergraduate admissions counselors will hold a live Q&A session on Facebook to share tips and answer questions about the application process. This session will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. and to participate you can ‘like’ NCCU (@NCCUEagle) on Facebook.
Other schools like Fayetteville State University are taking College Application Week directly to high school students.
Michael Head, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Fayetteville State University, said that the office of admissions will be travelling to high schools throughout the state to participate in each schools’ College Application Week events and to assist students with the process of applying to college. FSU will also hold events for students to come directly to the campus to submit their application.
The University of North Carolina has been supporting the efforts of its institutions and of North Carolina high schools by providing materials to high schools for their events during the week.
This week is an opportunity for the University not only to give students access to apply to college at little to no charge, but to get them excited about public higher education in North Carolina; an education provided for the people by the people.
NC College Application Week will begin November 14, 2016 at 7:00 am and run through November 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm. The week can be followed on Twitter with the hashtag #CollegeAppWeek, and high school students can use the #iapplied hashtag to document completing their college applications. Learn more at the College Foundation of North Carolina.