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Week 3 - College Application Week: Tips & Questions

Things to Accomplish This Week:

  1. Begin your college applications this week by first going to the Application Hub on This will ensure that you are directed to the preferred application for admission. Some colleges use multiple applications like the Common App and the application. During College Application Week (10/17-10/21) we encourage you to use the application whenever possible since it is the only website that we can guarantee will waive application fees for participating colleges and universities.
  2. Complete and submit the FAFSA form with help from parents or legal guardians. (
  3. Complete the Residency Determination Service (RDS) process (, if you have not already. This is an important part of the application and financial aid process, as it allows you to apply for in-state Residency for tuition purposes as well as become eligible for state grants (in conjunction with the FAFSA form being completed).

Live Virtual Events:

College Application Week: Tips & Questions

Students will spend this week applying to colleges, many of which will be waiving their application fees for the week. In addition, we will hold two sessions for students to learn about admissions basics, admissions during
College Application Week, and a chance for them to get all of their admissions-related questions answered.

  • To be announced

How-To Videos:

How-to Complete a CFNC College Application: 

This brief how-to video shows you how to use the Application Hub to apply to NC colleges and universities, send your official electronic high school transcript, and track the progress of other admissions tasks.

How-to Complete RDS:

This brief how-to video explains how to access the North Carolina RDS tool and get started on your residency determination.

Helpful Resources To Check Out This Week: