NC College Application Month

Five UNC institutions will waive application fees for a week

For North Carolina high school students, filling out college applications just got better.

The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) has partnered with Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CACRAO) to change College Application Week to College Application Month and provide North Carolina graduating seniors with greater support.

College Application Month, which runs from Oct. 28 through Nov. 24, is a chance for high school seniors to get help with the three major steps to the application process: residency requirement, federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and college applications. This new initiative allows schools the opportunity to utilize school hours to work with students and faculty and more time to plan community events and workshops for parents and students.

In addition, College Application Month has designated Nov. 13-17 as College Application Week – a time for students to submit online applications to any NC college or university. During this week, all NC colleges and universities will accept the College Board or ACT fee waiver in lieu of an application fee, for students who qualify.

The University of North Carolina System is partnering with CFNC to achieve its goals of making college more accessible and affordable for all students. Five UNC institutions will waive the application fee for all NC graduating seniors during this designated week.

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the UNC System waiving application fees for the week include, Elizabeth City State University, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, and Winston-Salem State University.

HBCUs, like many universities, are taking to social media to up their visibility with prospective students and find more innovative ways to connect with high school seniors.

"North Carolina Central University is proud to participate in College Application Month"

“North Carolina Central University is proud to participate in College Application Month and excited to open up the opportunity to waive the application fee during the week of Nov. 13,” said Marquesha Johnson, associate director for undergraduate admissions at NCCU.

“This year, we’ve increased our outreach. Admission counselors have trained (NCCU) Eagle Ambassadors, who will be spending the day at Jordan High School to assist high school seniors with the application process and answer questions about campus life. (Our students) do such a great job in showing off their school spirit and sharing their own experiences about going to college,” said Johnson.

In collaboration with the university’s communications team, NCCU will host a Facebook Live Q&A, on Monday, Nov. 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. with an admissions counselor who will answer questions about the application process. Eagle Ambassadors and SOAR student leaders will provide application tips to prospective students on Snapchat that same day.

At N.C. A&T, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will take advantage of social media platforms as well. Admissions counselors will be available to answer questions from prospective students and their parents on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Last year, during College Application Week, hundreds of volunteers helped 22,334 high school students submit 72,122 admission applications and 30,185 electronic high school transcripts.

For more information about NC College Application Month, visit or follow NCCAM on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

To learn more about fee waivers and admission activities near you, visit The University of North Carolina System and connect with our 17 campuses.


Elizabeth City State University
Fayetteville State University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Central University
Winston-Salem State University

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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