Making College Possible for Everyone

About CFNC

College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a free service of the State of North Carolina provided by a collaboration of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, Pathways (the University of North Carolina System, the N.C. Community College System, the N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities, and the N.C. Department of Public Instruction) and College Foundation, Inc. CFNC promotes access to N.C. higher education and assists students with education planning, career planning and applying and paying for college.

Pathways of North Carolina

Pathways, created by the NC General Assembly in 1999, is a state-wide initiative to increase the college-going rate of North Carolinians by providing: comprehensive college and career planning resources; electronic applications and transcripts accepted by most of the 110 North Carolina colleges and universities; and, information on student financial aid and college affordability. Pathways is administered by the UNC System.


The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA), established in 1965, is the State agency that promotes access to higher education by administering financial aid and savings programs, informing students and families about paying for college, teaching educators about financial aid administration, and advocating for resources to support students.

College Foundation, Inc.

College Foundation, Inc. (CFI), a non-profit corporation serving North Carolina students and families since 1955, administers education loan programs, several major grant and scholarship programs funded by the State of North Carolina for students attending North Carolina colleges and universities, and the tax-advantaged "529" college savings program on behalf of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority.

In addition to the free resources on this website, you can contact us toll-free at 866.866.CFNC (2362) from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (ET) Monday - Thursday and 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday (ET).