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College Access Services for North Carolinians March 6, 2009. College Foundation of North Carolina is a joint effort of Pathways of North Carolina*, College Foundation, Inc. and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority.

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College Foundation of North Carolina is a joint effort of Pathways of North Carolina*, College Foundation, Inc. and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority.

  • Pathways* is a partnership requested by the UNC Board of Governors and funded by the 1999 General Assembly that includes the following:
    • Department of Public Instruction (K-12)
    • NC Community College System (58)
    • NC Independent Colleges and Universities (36)
    • UNC System (16)

CFNC Partner Matrix

State-funded K-16 partnership administered by UNC General Administration

501(c)(3) nonprofit -administers grants, loans and savings program on behalf of the state

State agency responsible forstatewide college aid programs – grants scholarships, loans, 529 savings


Primary Goal of CFNC = Access

To increase the college-going rate in North Carolina with particular attention toward “first-generation” college students.


Two obstacles facing first-generation college students:

(1) Can I really go to college?

(2) Can I afford to go to college?


CFNC Access Services

GEAR UP North Carolina

Resource Center and Regional Representatives

Technology andInternet Services


Low-income (FRL) school students

$37 million

Two grants from Dept of Education (2000-2011)

35 NC counties

14,000+ students

Career Center

Student Planner

College Fair

Online Applications and HS Transcripts

Paying for College

Saving for College

Toll-free Number for Career, College, & Financial Aid Planning

Personal Responses to Email


Training. Presentations and Workshops

Hispanic Services

my cfnc

Create an account

Keep track of your college


Keep track of your student

financial aid information

career center
CFNC Career Center

Career goals

CFNC Bridges Planning Tools

Find out about careers, salaries, job prospects, majors, and universities

Information for middle school and high school students

Student – Career Matching Assistant

Career Information

Fastest growing careers, educational requirements

Careers in Nursing and Education

Career Center
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Career Center

CFNC Bridges Tools - available FREE




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Elementary Students - Paws in Jobland

Engaging and interactive

Text and spoken word

Focus is on learning about the world of work

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Middle School Students – Choices Explorer

Built with middle school students in mind

Perfect place to begin exploring college and career options

high school students choices planner
High School Students – Choices Planner

Built with high school students in mind

Continue exploring college and career options

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Career Center – Nursing and Education

North Carolina needs nurses and teachers!

student planner
Student Planner

Plan your education to meet college and university entrance requirements

Information for

High School Students

Transfer Students

College Test Preparation

College Preparation Opportunities

Online Learning Opportunities

Financial Literacy


Transfer Student Planner & Articulation

  • View Transfer Student Guarantees offered by the CAA
  • Transferable Course Equivalencies for all CAA General Education courses between NCCCS and any UNC institution.
  • A list of Transfer Students most frequently asked questions
  • Majority of courses taken by students participating in a dual enrollment program covered
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College Fair

Information on North Carolina colleges and universities

Compare campuses

Take virtual tours

Find campuses that match your specific requirements

online applications
Online Applications

College Admission

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

High School Transcripts

Loan Applications

College Funds Installment Payment Plan

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Online Applications – College Application Week

CFNC and CACRAO sponsor College Application Week at high schools throughout the state in the fall


CFNC Transcript System

  • 265 NCWise high schools currently participating
  • 96 additional NCWise schools added in October 2008 for the following counties:
  • Alamance-Burlington
  • Beaufort
  • Bladen
  • Carteret
  • Chatham
  • Cleveland
  • Currituck
  • Dare
  • Durham
  • Greene
  • Harnett
  • Henderson
  • Hickory City
  • Hyde
  • Jones
  • Lee
  • Lenoir
  • Martin
  • Newton-Conover
  • Pender
  • Rutherford
  • Vance
  • All public high schools should be live with e-transcripts late summer 2009. (exceptions: Wake and Charlotte-Mecklenburg)
  • Currently Targeting Q2 2009 to have 5 pilot High Schools live in Wake County

CFNC College Fair Information

  • Information can be updated throughout the year in the Control Center.
  •  Peterson’s automatic update occurs in March
  • All campuses encouraged to review CFNC Campus Tour data twice a year and to confirm that “Date last updated” is current
  • College Fair was visited 189,000 times and viewed 405,000 times in 2007-2008 year
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College Redirection

Help is on its way!

Open from April 1 to August 31


CFNC College Redirection Pool

  • Purpose: To assist students who have been denied admission from the institution of their choice and are seeking opportunities to pursue Higher Education in the fall.
  • Goal: For every student in the College Redirection Pool to be contacted by at least one college or university.
  • Participation History: In five years, over 3,000 students have participated in the College Redirection Pool.
  • Dates Available: April 1 – August 31
paying for college
Paying for College

Financial Aid Primer

Grants and Scholarships

Loan Programs

Debt Management

Tools and Calculators

NC Financial Aid Estimator

Smart Borrower Calculator

Education Loan Repayment



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CFNC Resources

Student Loan Repayment Calculator

financial aid programs
Financial Aid Programs

College Payment Plan

Private Student Loans

Other Loans

Don’t Get Hooked

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Paying for College – Smart Borrower Calculator

Considers your career choice in determining what is a manageable student loan debt

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NC 529 Plan: College Savings

North Carolina’s 529 College Savings Plan

Program Description

Investment Options

Tax Advantages

Savings Calculators

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Additional CFNC Services

Spanish-Language Services

Servicios en español disponibles

CFNC en Espanol at

College Planning Publications available in Spanish


1,270,332online admission applications

9,686visits per day/average length per visit 13 minutes


High school transcripts

2,461,441 user accounts Site Usage