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Piggy Bank Ed Costs
June 17, 2021
9 Ways to Pay for College Without Financial Aid

If you don't qualify for college financial aid, you still have many options for paying for college. Here are the 9 ways you can cover your costs.

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June 14, 2021
College Gifting: How to Open a Grandchild Savings Account

There's no greater gift than the gift of education. Here's how to offset the high cost of a college education by opening a grandchild savings account.

Coin Jars Savings
June 10, 2021
Saving for Your Kids' College Without Delaying Retirement Contributions

Saving for college should never come at the cost of pausing your own retirement contributions. Here's how to structure your finances to save for both.

Female Falling Money
June 10, 2021
13 Stress-free ways to Make Extra Money in College

Earning extra money during college doesn't always mean getting a late-shift job. Here are 13 ways you can make money in college that won't completely stress you out.

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June 8, 2021
College Cost Estimator: How to Calculate the Cost of College

Our College Cost Estimator makes it simple to calculate the amount of money you'll need to set aside each month to help pay for your child's future education.

Student Sitting Tree
June 3, 2021
How to Pay for Summer Classes: 5 Ways to Pay

Summer classes are a great way to catch up or get ahead in college. But like any classes, you need to know how you will pay for them. Here are your options for paying for summer classes.

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June 1, 2021
North Carolina In-State Tuition: How to Estimate Costs

What will in-state tuition cost in North Carolina when your child attends college? Here's how to estimate costs, and how to get the best return on investment.

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May 18, 2021
20 Scholarship Tips to Stand Out From the Pack

If you’ve been accepted into college, you may quickly realize the challenge of paying for tuition and other expenses. College costs are steadily increasing, and in 2017, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that 85 percent of college students received some form of financial aid. This statistic reveals the ongoing trend of college students needing to seek out external sources of funding to pay for their collegiate careers.

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January 25, 2021
Estimating the Future Cost of College: How Much You Should Save

College costs will most-likely keep rising in the future. To help you know how much to save, here is a table of college costs in the future.

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January 25, 2021
13 Freebies and Discounts North Carolina College Students Can Score with a School ID

College can be expensive. Here are 13 ways students can score freebies and discounts with their school ID.

Tax Credits
January 25, 2021
Education Tax Benefits: 6 Tax Deductible Expenses

ou can lower your overall tax bill with a sound education savings strategy that takes advantage of common, and not-so-common tax benefits.

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January 17, 2021
11 College Application Tips to Make You Stand Out

Applying for college can be overwhelming and stressful. These 11 tips can help alleviate some stress and make you stand out from the pack.

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January 17, 2021
10 Best Careers for the Future: Highest Paying & in Demand

These 10 careers are "future-proof" and considered the best careers for the future based on their demand and salaries.

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January 17, 2021
Career Planning Checklist for High School Students

Planning your career can feel overwhelming. This checklist can help guide you through the process of finding the profession you'd like to pursue and how to do it.

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January 17, 2021
How to Research Colleges: Finding the Right Educational Fit

Finding the right college or university depends on many different factors. Here’s what you can do to research the college that’s right for you.

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January 17, 2021
11 Surprising Higher Education Expenses

Higher education can be expensive, but you may be surprised by these expenses that many people overlook when saving for college.

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January 17, 2021
Pre-Baby Financial Planning: Preparing to Save When You're Expecting

Before your new one arrives you should consider getting yours and his/her finances in line. How will you save for medical expenses? Or start a college savings account?

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December 8, 2020
NC 529 Holiday Drawing Boosts Education Savings

The 2020 holiday season will shine a little brighter this year with the “Holiday Wish List: Enter to Win $1,529.” The holiday drawing is sponsored by College Foundation, Inc. (CFI), a North Carolina nonprofit, and the NC 529 Plan, North Carolina’s education savings plan.

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October 28, 2020
During COVID – What Are My College Options?

It may feel daunting for high school seniors to think about applying to college right now. Many are just trying to stay engaged in virtual classrooms and make it to graduation. Some may have a parent who lost their job and feel that college is just not possible right now.

October 1, 2020
Top 6 Things Educators Should Know about NC Countdown to College!

NC Countdown to College is a month-long initiative to increase the number of students who pursue post-secondary education by assisting high school seniors with the college admissions process (residence, FAFSA, and applications) and ensuring that each participating student submits at least one admissions application.

Sizzle Reel
September 1, 2020
CFNC Launches Updated Website with Exciting New Features

College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is excited to announce the launch of its completely revamped website. In addition to a sleek new look and feel, the new website also features personalized dashboards for users, easier navigation, updated college search tools, a customizable scholarship search, and more to help local students as they plan, apply, and pay for college. It’s the next generation of CFNC for the next generation of students!

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July 24, 2020
Virtual College Planning: 4 Steps for Success

College students are preparing for virtual campuses in the fall. Virtual college prep from CFNC lets students tour campus, research financial aid, and more.

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July 21, 2020
Save for College: The Definitive Guide to College Saving

No matter how old your children or your grandchildren are, college is probably something you’ve thought about. Will they want to go to college? Will they attend your alma mater? And how will you pay for college?

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July 14, 2020
What’s Your College Savings Strategy?

Whether you’re a spender or a saver, it can be difficult to put money aside for college, especially when your kids are young, and college seems so far away.

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July 7, 2020
How to Start a College Fund for Your Child

The cost of college is on the rise, and no generation knows that better than millennials. Many young parents today are still paying off their own student loans; while trying to save for their children’s education. The good news is, starting a college fund while your child is young gives you a good amount of time to create a solid nest egg for their future.

Dream Big Winner
June 23, 2020
Local Family Dreams Big for Higher Education with 529 Day Contest Win!

Congratulations to Andy Ewens, Ph.D., of Cary, North Carolina! Andy is the winner of the “Dream Big 5/29 Day Drawing to Win $5,529” in celebration of National 529 College Savings Plan Day. Andy’s name was selected at random from a long list of entries.

Coin Stacks
May 19, 2020
How Well is My 529 Plan Performing?

Most parents understand how important it is to save for college. While a 529 plan is one of the most efficient and effective ways for families to save for school, many parents don’t know how to choose the right 529 plan. How is a parent supposed to choose the right 529 plan based on its performance?

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May 1, 2020
NC 529 Gives Away $5,529 to Celebrate 5/29 Day!

To give students and parents something to cheer about, North Carolina’s National College Savings Program (NC 529 Plan) is giving away $5,529!

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April 7, 2020
7 Types of College Savings Accounts

Beyond deciding how much you can afford to save each month, you also need to figure out where to save your money.

Trade School University
March 24, 2020
Can a 529 Plan Be Used for Trade School?

The sky is the limit after you graduate from high school. Maybe you want to go to a traditional four-year university — or maybe you want to get started on your career ASAP. If you’re ready to get to work, a trade school may be the right choice for you. And yes, you can use your NC 529 Plan to pay for accredited trade schools and qualified education expenses.

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March 17, 2020
How to Pay for College With Little or No Money

How do you pay for college if you have no money? There are many options available to help you pay for college expenses and make your dreams within your reach!

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March 10, 2020
Is the NC 529 Plan Tax-Deductible?

Thinking about your child’s future and taking steps to help them reach their education and career dreams are important decisions. There are many options when deciding how to save for a child’s education. Parents can choose anything from a good old-fashioned savings account to savings bonds or mutual funds. However, many financial experts recommend parents consider 529 plans.

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March 3, 2020
The Ultimate Career Planning Guide: Make Your Career a Reality

Career planning guidelines for high school seniors, college students, and soon-to-be graduates to make sure you hit the ground running once you get a diploma.

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February 25, 2020
Who Can Contribute to a 529 Plan?

A 529 plan is one of the smartest investments that can be made for someone’s future. Even so, there are some uncertainties if you’re unfamiliar with how 529 plans work. Who can contribute to a 529 plan? Is it open to anyone? How can you contribute to it? Are there limits to contributions? What about tax advantages? We’re here to set the record straight.

High School Resume
February 17, 2020
Creating a High School Resume: The Definitive Guide

Learn how to craft a quality resume you can use when applying for jobs, scholarships, colleges and more!

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February 10, 2020
How Does an NC 529 Tax Deduction Work?

For parents with very small children, thinking about dropping them off at college for their freshman year may seem very far away. Thinking about saving money for college may seem even farther in the distance. Yet, young parents today know first-hand how expensive college has become — because they’re probably still paying off student loans from their own educations!

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February 4, 2020
Community College Attendance is Soaring: Is It Right for Your Student?

There are many benefits to attending community colleges and trade schools. It’s important not to forget a valuable and affordable option.

Calculator Pigs
January 22, 2020
7 Best Ways for Parents to Save for College

Plenty of people will tell you about the importance of college. They’ll tell you about how college graduates earn more during their lifetimes. They’ll tell you about how the value of college extends far beyond the academic experience. What they may not tell you is how you’re supposed to pay for it.

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January 6, 2020
What Does 529 Eligible Educational Institution Mean?

Picture this. Your student is getting ready to go off to college for the first time. For years, you have contributed to their education savings plan, helping to make their dream of higher education a reality. As you prepare to send in the first payment from your 529 account, you want to ensure that your student is attending an eligible institution so it counts as a qualified withdrawal.

Shocked Woman
December 16, 2019
What Does College Really Cost?

Preparing to send a child off to college requires a good amount of financial preparation. Sure, you’ve accounted for the basics that everyone knows all too well. You’ve considered tuition, room and board, and textbooks. But what about the extra costs associated with a college education? Are you prepared for those?

Gift Certificates
December 12, 2019
529 College Savings Account Gift Card/Certificate

The holidays are approaching, and many parents and grandparents are wracking their brains, trying to come up with a great gift for the children in their lives. You can give them another toy or a sweater, but what about something for their future? Giving the gift of a college education is something they won’t outgrow or break.

Webinars
December 11, 2019
Financial Aid Awareness Week

As students and families plan for college, the question of how they will pay for college is typically part of the discussion. Financial aid is part of the equation for many families. To help raise awareness about financial aid options, Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina declared February 19-25 Financial Aid Awareness Week. As you and your family continue to plan for college, be sure to learn about the FAFSA and the importance of applying for financial aid.

What To Wear Campus Tour
December 11, 2019
What to Wear to a College Visit: Look & Feel Your Best

A campus tour tells you a lot about the kind of school you’re attending. It lets you get a candid glimpse of student life.

Piggy Bank Hammer
December 4, 2019
Withdrawing 529 Plan Funds for Non-Educational Purposes

Opening a 529 education fund is a smart financial move for families, especially with the rising cost of college. Besides college expenses, the money also can be used to pay for K–12 tuition at public and private schools in many states, including North Carolina.

College Visit
December 4, 2019
Hey Juniors! Ask These Questions During College Visits

College visits help high school juniors decide where to apply. This list of questions ensures that you leave with the information you need to make a choice.

April Query
November 27, 2019
Change Your Approach to Learning with Rep: April Query

CFNC regional representative, April Query explains how changing your approach to learning may help smooth the transition from high school to college.

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November 20, 2019
College Telly Award Won by CFNC for Commercial

College Telly Award won. College Foundation of North Carolina was recognized for their video highlighting the need to apply for college and financial aid.

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November 18, 2019
9 Myths About 529 College Savings Plans You Should Know

Most parents know how important it is to save for college. It’s essential that parents start saving early and save often. Not thinking about the cost of college isn’t going to make it go away. What parents may not realize is that there’s a terrific way to save for school right in their own backyard. Of course, we’re talking about the 529 plan.

College Planning Checklist
November 13, 2019
College Planning Checklist for Students and Parents

High school seniors are not the only people who should be thinking about college. Beginning freshman year of high school, there are many things that students and parents can start working on.

Roommates
November 13, 2019
College Roommates, The Reality

Are you excited about having college roommates? Many people are, but it's always a good idea to keep these tips in mind as you plan to head off to college!

Finance Cartoon
November 11, 2019
529 Payroll Deduction: Saving for College Automatically

Payday should be more than a reminder on your calendar — it should be a national holiday. After all, can’t we celebrate the day that our hard work turns into cold hard cash in our bank accounts? Okay, that may be a little over the top, but you get the idea.

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November 6, 2019
Creating a Personal Statement for College that Stands Out

One of the most daunting tasks of any college application is the personal statement section. For many people, talking about themselves isn’t an easy task. You don’t want to be too full of yourself or exaggerate your accomplishments. However, you still want to stand out to the admissions office at your dream school.

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November 6, 2019
North Carolina’s National College Savings Program Disclosure

For more information about North Carolina's National College Savings Program, please review the complete Program Description and Enrollment Agreement available on this website or contact 800-600-3453 to request an enrollment kit that includes both. Before opening an Account, or contributing funds to an existing Account, you should carefully read and consider the Program Description, which includes information on investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information.

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October 30, 2019
Beware of Senioritis!

There’s a bug that starts to circulate among the seniors of any high school, and it becomes especially pronounced during the final semester before graduation. This illness robs seniors of their productivity, stealing hours of precious work and college prep time from them. There are cures, but they require hard work and effort. What bug are we talking about? It has a name counselors and teachers dread: Senioritis. Senioritis is the name for the tendency of many seniors to slow down their work.

Amy Denton
October 23, 2019
Why College is Important, Ask your Rep: Amy Denton

Why college is important, Ask your rep: Amy Denton. She explains why college is important and how CFNC can help you prepare for the next educational step.

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October 16, 2019
Easy & Simple Scholarships You Shouldn’t Overlook

Once you’re accepted into college, one of the most pressing issues is how you’re going to pay for it. Here are a few easy scholarships that you definitely don’t want to miss.

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October 16, 2019
When Should You Apply for College?

We’re here to fill both seniors and parents in on what they need to know when it comes to applying for school. The process includes residency, the FAFSA form, and college applications.

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October 16, 2019
Questions About College? Ask Your Rep: Takeila Hall

Questions about college? From budgeting to applications to RDS, CFNC representative, Takeila Hall knows about planning, applying and paying for college.

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October 3, 2019
Join Us for Boo at the NC Zoo

NC 529 and the North Carolina Zoo are proud to present, Boo at the NC Zoo! A frightfully fun time for kids and parents! What’s It All About? Join us at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC, for Boo at the NC Zoo! Come celebrate the spooky season with safe daytime fun for all ages.

College Tours
October 2, 2019
Get Ready for Your Upcoming College Tour

College tours are an important step in the college selection process. In today’s modern world, many universities offer online tours of the campus, which is a great option. Virtual tours will give you an initial impression of the campus; however, there’s nothing quite like visiting a college in person. College visitations are often a whirlwind of information, but there are steps you can take to make the most of your experience! Come prepared

Career Pathways
September 25, 2019
Certified Career Pathways Pave a Road to Success

Starting a new career or thinking about a career change can be a daunting prospect for anybody. Maybe you’re looking to begin your first career path. Perhaps you discovered your true calling later in life. Whatever the case may be, there are resources available that are dedicated to helping you on your journey.To further promote the efforts of the NC Dept of Commerce, Governor Roy Cooper declared the week of Jan 28th through Feb 1st as Career Pathways Week throughout the state of North Carolina.

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September 18, 2019
How to Prepare for a College Fair

Attending college fairs can be an incredibly helpful stepping stone for students who are working towards the goal of higher education.

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September 10, 2019
How to Plan for College, Starting Your First Day of High School

It’s never too early to start planning for college!” You might hear that often as you start high school, but what does that mean? Here at College Foundation of North Carolina, we know it means that your actions early on in your education will help determine your success when you finally reach your first year of college.

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August 21, 2019
What Can You Pay For With a 529 Plan?

Opening an education savings account, such as an NC 529, while your child is young has all sorts of benefits. One benefit is that it allows the account to build until it’s needed for education. Earnings grow tax-free if the beneficiary uses the money for “qualified education expenses.” That term may sound confusing, but it’s intentionally broad.

Writing Prompts
August 21, 2019
College Crunch Time: Three Writing Prompts You Need for a College Essay

Your college admissions essay is one of the most important elements of your college applications. It is always in your best interest to complete any optional essays.

Clep Testing
August 21, 2019
CLEP Testing for College Credit

CLEP testing is a great way to get college credit before you even set foot on campus! Save money and get ahead of the rest of the class in three hours!

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August 14, 2019
Add College Savings to Your Back to School Shopping List

As a parent, it’s all you can do to cut corners wherever possible. You do more with less while you take pride in your child’s enthusiasm for learning. But what if there were a better way? Every year, you have to buy markers, crayons, composition notebooks, and more. It feels as though the list of school supplies grows longer with each grade.

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August 14, 2019
Why Bother Going to College?

Pursuing a college degree can open all kinds of doors for students as they experience professional, social and personal growth.

School Supplies
August 9, 2019
Back to School, Back to Business: Tips to Beat the Stress

Going back to school can be very stressful – new activities, new classes, and new routines. Save yourself some first-week headaches and make a plan. If you schedule back-to-school doctor’s appointments early, you won’t be worried about missing the deadline for the annual checkup and/or pre-sport physicals.

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August 7, 2019
E-Learning: Tips for Teens and Parents

The coronavirus pandemic is disrupting schedules and forcing teens to complete the school year at home. Read these 4 tips to get the most from e-learning.

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July 30, 2019
3 Budget Hacks to Save Thousands for Baby’s College

New parents need to take advantage of every opportunity to save money. Those sweet bundles of joy are expensive! But what if there was a way to find a little extra cash in your monthly budget? We’re talking about painlessly trimming a few dollars here and there that, down the road, could add up to thousands in your baby’s college fund.

School Bus
July 30, 2019
Kindergarten Kickoff

Starting kindergarten is a major milestone for every child! They may be riding a bus for the first time or anxious about making new friends. As parents, we want them to love school and enjoy every minute. Here are a few tips to help your child have a great year.

Agriculture Careers
July 19, 2019
Careers in Agriculture in 2020

The agriculture industry spans more than just farming and ranching. Here are the hot careers in agriculture in 2020 and beyond.

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July 12, 2019
When is the Best Time to Start an NC 529 Account?

If you haven’t started saving for college yet, there is no time like the present! In recent years, college costs have risen an average of five percent annually. If that pace keeps up, the average cost for one year at a public four-year in-state school could jump from $22,000 to more than $55,000 per year in 18 years. To help families save for college, most states, including North Carolina, have 529 college savings programs.

2019 Victor Bell Recipient
July 3, 2019
Victor E. Bell Scholarship Encourages Families to Think About College At an Early Age

It’s never too early to begin thinking about college. This scholarship aims to start students on the path to higher education at a younger age. The Victor E. Bell Scholarship is a North Carolina scholarship offered through College Foundation, Inc. (CFI) with the goal of supporting high-potential North Carolina students from limited financial backgrounds. Named for the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees for CFI, the scholarship is awarded annually to ten different seventh-graders across NC.

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June 30, 2019
Congratulations to College Savings Day Winner Tim Towner of Gastonia, North Carolina!

Congratulations to Tim Towner of Gastonia, North Carolina! The contest, “Celebrate 5/29 and Win $5,529 for College!”, selected Tim Towner’s name at random from a large list of entries. Towner will receive his prize as a contribution to his children’s NC 529 Accounts.

Choose A College
June 25, 2019
How To Choose A College

There are many ways to go about this, and the process will be a little different for each student. You’ll need to devote some time to doing research, and talk to your high school counselor, teachers, and mentors to get all the information you need to decide. Here are a few ways you can narrow down your choices. To research North Carolina colleges and universities, both public and private, click the button below.

App Deadlines
May 29, 2019
What to Know About College Application Deadlines

College is around the corner. With only a year or two left until graduation, it’s time to start wrapping up those applications. If you’re serious about higher education, then you know that the application process really starts during your junior year of high school.

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May 28, 2019
Should I Try to Graduate Early?

You're eligible to graduate early. Should you? Here are some things to consider as you try to make a decision about your future.

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May 22, 2019
How Much Can I Contribute to My NC 529 Account Annually?

Everyone knows that an NC 529 Account is one of the best ways to save for an education. An NC 529 Plan is easy, effective, and anyone can contribute to it. Parents, family, and friends can all do their part to pitch in for education.

College Planning Guide
May 22, 2019
The Ultimate College Planning Guide

High school students planning for college need this College Planning Guide. This guide walks students and parents through the steps to enroll in college.

College Selection Criteria
May 15, 2019
Four Important College Selection Criteria When Planning For College

Is it time to start planning for college? Here are four important college selection criteria to help you make your decision.

College Search
May 1, 2019
110 Great College Choices in North Carolina

Colleges and universities are not one-size-fits-all, and you’ll want to determine the ones that most closely match your educational goals before applying. As you look ahead to college, there are many schools in North Carolina with a wide range of programs and costs. Read on to learn which options could be the best choice for you! Here’s an overview of the types of institutions in North Carolina, and there’s even more detail available on each school on the CFNC website.

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April 24, 2019
IN-STATE vs. OUT-OF-STATE

Part of planning for college is figuring out whether you want to stay in-state or go to an out-of-state college. Some students can’t wait to strike out on their own and live in a different state, while others prefer (or need) to stay closer to family and friends. You may or may not have a strong preference either way, but it can be helpful to know some of the advantages of each. Many states offer their residents grant and scholarship money if they choose to go to college in-state

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April 17, 2019
Post High School Choices

High school can sometimes seem like it will go on forever, but it won't. After school, you have to make a choice about what you want to do with your life. There are a number of factors involved in this decision. You may have financial constraints, or maybe you’re not sure what you want to do yet. Maybe you’re eager for a break from academics and want to try something new, or see the world.

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April 10, 2019
A Guide to Understanding FERPA and Your Rights

In this Guide to Understanding FERPA we will explain privacy of data for students, the rights of parents and students, and FERPA waiver.

College Prep
April 3, 2019
College Prep Classes

College Prep classes are classes taught at an advanced level, to prepare you for the kind of coursework you’ll encounter in college. These could include Honors, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate classes, and North Carolina has unique opportunities through Career and College Promise options. Choose courses that challenge you. They’re harder to get an A in, but they can strengthen your academic prep, and some grades are weighted and count for more when calculating your GPA.

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March 27, 2019
Start Your Own Race to College

The feeling of excitement is in the air. The thrill of anticipation is on the faces of thousands. The signal is given, and the crowd erupts in a deafening roar. The racers are off, and fans cheer the contestants toward the finish line. The first racer reaches the end and the stadium explodes into applause. The winner looks over the crowd and smiles triumphantly. They let out a giggle and a shrill cry of jubilation.

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March 27, 2019
Students Can Apply to Multiple Colleges for Free During College Application Week

Students can save on college application costs by applying during College Application Week from Oct. 15 – 19. During this week, many North Carolina colleges and universities waive application fees. College Application Week is a part of College Foundation of North Carolina’s (CFNC) annual college-access event

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March 20, 2019
8 Reasons Why You Should Go to College

People always tell students that college is important. They don’t always tell them why. Here are 8 good reasons for why students should go to college.

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March 4, 2019
NC 529 Joins 27-State Initiative to Tackle Student Debt

States are spearheading the initiative to face student debt head on as they encourage families to begin saving for the next generation now by taking advantage of 529 plans across the nation. The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and NC 529 are proud to join this coalition to help set up future generations for success.

Calculator
February 11, 2019
529 Account: What Are Investments?

Investments are a great opportunity to build a nest egg and save for the future. The three main types are stocks, bonds and cash investments; however, it’s important to note that investments can come in many forms such as buying a house, owning an art collection or gathering a selection of rare coins. Building a diverse portfolio can help you prepare for the future.

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January 12, 2019
Act on Your Savings Goals This Year

It’s a new year and a fresh start. Like many people, you’re probably lining up your goals for 2019 – one of which might be to save more money. In recent years, the most popular New Year’s resolutions have been to eat healthier, improve your life and make better financial decisions.

Mother Daughter
December 31, 2018
Your Employee Benefits Include the College Dream

Anyone who has ever had a full-time job knows that job satisfaction is correlated to more than just the work you do on a daily basis or a paycheck. It’s usually a mixture of the daily grind, the people with whom you work, and the benefits your employer offers.

Givethegift
December 7, 2018
Give the Gift of a Bright Future

If there are children in your life — sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and even godchildren — you know the joy it brings to watch them grow older. They may not even be your own children, but you are so proud of their growth and accomplishments in life — from watching them play with friends to witnessing their preschool graduation.

Legs Out Window
November 19, 2018
Say Goodbye to Stress By Taking A Small Step

Are you constantly thinking about your to-do list? Do worries linger in the back of your mind all day, and sometimes even visit you as you lie awake at night? It’s easy to feel stressed about all the little things in your daily life that aren’t getting done.

Baby Dash
October 25, 2018
Babies Crawl Toward Touchdowns and College Savings in NC 529’s Diapers to Dorms Dash

Babies will be crawling towards a touchdown between the first and second quarters of the NC Central and A&T football game in Durham on Saturday, Nov. 17. These quickly-crawling babies will compete to win $529 contributed to an account in the NC 529 Plan, also known as the North Carolina’s National College Savings Program.

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October 15, 2018
Don’t Be Scared. Be Prepared.

This Halloween, there’s no reason to get spooked by the prospect of paying for college. Instead, get prepared. We tell our kids all the time how important it is to prepare. Prepare for that big test. Prepare for that big game. Practice, practice, practice.

Halloweencontest
September 28, 2018
Halloween Costume Contest : Win $100!

Enter The #NC529Halloween Costume Contest for a chance to win big for you and your future graduate! Share a picture of your child in his or her Halloween Costume on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and use the hashtag #NC529Halloween for a chance to win $100 deposited directly into your NC 529 account!

First Day School
August 24, 2018
#FirstDayofSchool2018 Giveaway

We had so much fun at the Marbles Kids Museum Kick Off to Kindergarten this month that we want to continue celebrating the back-to-school excitement! We’re giving away Marbles admission tickets and tickets to the IMAX Theatre at Marbles to celebrate the first day of school.

Grads
July 23, 2018
Pomp, Circumstances, and Savings

The graduates cross the stage and the diplomas are awarded. Adoring parents look on proudly as excellence in academics and the arts are announced. The graduates are bursting with excitement, but still a little fearful about what comes next.

Dad Daughter
July 16, 2018
Embrace Vacation Season with a Clear Mind

Warmer weather is here and that means it’s time for summer vacations! Take a step back from everyday life and shake things up; even a short period of time where you can break out of your routine can really refresh and rejuvenate your mind. However, the perfect vacation is going to take some preparation – including plenty of planning and saving.

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June 19, 2018
CFNC High School Timeline and Checklist

CFNC's high school timeline and checklist can help you stay on track all four years and prepare for college!

Vivian With Guests
June 4, 2018
College Foundation of North Carolina Partners with Award-Winning TV Chef to Help Families Save for College

With rising tuition costs, North Carolina families are seeking convenient and affordable options to pay for college. College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), a free college assistance service of the State of North Carolina, is committed to raising awareness about college savings plans in the workplace that can help secure a student’s future.

Kok 3
May 31, 2018
NC 529 Hosts Third Annual Kick-Off to Kindergarten Event at Marbles Kids Museum

Starting kindergarten is a big life event for both students and parents. Like with most big changes, the key to a successful transition into a new environment is preparation. Upon entering kindergarten, students should be on their way to mastering skills like spelling their name, memorizing their address, reciting the alphabet and more.

Baby Bump
April 17, 2018
Start Saving for College Before Your Baby is Born

As an expectant parent, you have a lot to think about. Where your baby will go to college in 18 years is probably one of the last things on your mind. It’s hectic enough planning your doctor’s appointments, post-birth arrangements and even what color your baby’s room will be —there’s hardly time to think about the future.

Father Daughter Breakfast
April 14, 2018
Can I Save For College As Easily As I Save For Retirement?

When it comes to saving money to pay for college, many parents are doing it the old-fashioned way: that is to say, they’re hoping for a miracle! A survey conducted in January of this year found that 57 percent of the parents polled had saved less than $10,000. But the survey found that parents do have high savings hopes.

Girl Swing
April 5, 2018
The Real Life Impact of Saving for College

When Kate opened an NC 529 Account for the first of her four children, she was still paying off her own school loans from undergraduate and law school. She had been the first in her family to go to college and she scrimped, saved, and worked all the way through school and still came out with a sizable 10-year loan that she eventually refinanced into a 20-year loan.

Seesaw Piggybank
March 16, 2018
The Psychology Behind Spending and Saving … and How the NC 529 Plan Can Help

There are optimists and there are pessimists. There are leaders and there are followers. And in the world of economics, there are savers and there are spenders.

Money Clock
February 28, 2018
Saving for College: Start Early, Reap the Rewards

Picture this. Your child strides confidently across the stage at their high school graduation, shakes the principal’s hand, and receives their much-anticipated diploma. Now, imagine being able to celebrate your graduate’s success by handing them money to put towards higher education expenses.

Investment Alert
February 27, 2018
NC 529 Investment Alert

State Employee’s Credit Union (SECU) is increasing the rate paid on the Federally-Insured Deposit Account (FIDA) from 1.5% to 1.75%. This is one of the best rates on a federally insured investment option in a 529 we have seen thus far!

Tax Reform
February 26, 2018
Questions about 529 Tax Law Changes?

The bottom line is: If you’re a North Carolina taxpayer, check with a qualified tax advisor before using your NC 529 funds for K-12 tuition expenses or before rolling over to a 529 ABLE account. North Carolina has not yet expanded state tax law to correspond to the recent federal changes.

Future Me
February 16, 2018
What Does Your Little One’s Future Hold?

How do you picture your little one’s future? Bustling around a hospital saving lives? Reporting on the nightly news? Being a professional athlete?

D2d 2
February 1, 2018
Another Successful Diapers to Dorms Dash

Crawlers raced to the finish line during the pre-game show at the UNC vs. N.C. State men’s basketball game on January 27th. Six babies went head-to-head during the second Diapers to Dorms Dash in hopes of winning some college cash. As Ramses cheered on the babies, it was one-year-old Austin Tillman who was first to cross the finish line.

Winner D2d
January 5, 2018
Diapers to Dorms Dash: Is Your Crawler Ready to Race?

From reading bedtime stories and stacking blocks to opening a college savings account, like an NC 529 Account, parents begin preparing their children for higher education almost as soon as they are born. That’s why the Diapers to Dorms Dash that was held on December 30, 2017, was such a wonderful fit for the NC 529 Plan.

Child Gift
December 9, 2017
Give a Gift that Keeps on Giving

Not sure what to give as a gift this holiday season? Make a contribution to a college savings account. Friends and family can contribute as little as $25 to a student’s NC 529 Account. The contribution is a meaningful gift that keeps on giving.

Almost Done
July 18, 2017
Money Management Tip: Keep Saving for College!

From baby’s first teetering steps until your child strides across the high school graduation stage, you’re focused on the future. You read stories and do homework to support their education.

Kok2
July 17, 2017
Kicking Off to Kindergarten

Future kindergartners and their parents had a blast at the first of two annual Kickoff to Kindergarten events that are sponsored by the North Carolina College Savings Program (NC 529 Plan).

Colored Pencils
June 16, 2017
The Kindergarten Milestone

The first years of your child’s life are filled with countless milestones: crawling, walking, talking, making friends, learning to count and read. There were first teeth and new words spoken.

Preschool Grad
June 14, 2017
Happy Preschool Graduation! Here’s the Perfect Gift for the Class of 2030!

Graduation day for the high school class of 2030 feels like a long way away. But this year, a different kind of graduation is upon them — preschool graduation! In the fall, the class of 2030 will be entering kindergarten and starting their journey through the wonder and excitement of grade school.

Grow Money
May 30, 2017
Congratulations to the $1,529 on 5/29 Drawing Winner

At the close of this spring’s drawing to celebrate College Savings Day, the NC 529 Plan had 135,920 active Accounts and, of those, 4,343 Account owners entered the drawing.

Citizen Times
May 14, 2017
May 29 means it’s time to plan kids’ college savings

College Savings Day will be held on May 29. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about how to save for college. Bray Creech has highlighted four key points that pertain to 529 Plans for this article in Citizen-Times.

Save Day
May 3, 2017
Talking with WBTV About Teaching Children to Save

Timeka Ruffin is a representative of the College Foundation of North Carolina. She talks with the morning show about teaching kids to save.

Teacher Gifts
May 1, 2017
Giving Back to Our Teachers

At the NC 529 Plan®, our everyday focus is on helping families plan and pay for college. We’re passionate about this effort, and we fully recognize that North Carolina students rely on their teachers, administrators and other caring adults to help them reach the goal of going to college too. During Teacher Appreciation Week and always, we extend our gratitude to the men and women who guide the education of our students.

Wect
April 25, 2017
WECT News and NC 529 Give Tips on Teaching Children to Save

Friday, April 28, is Teach Your Child to Save Day, and WECT News elected to share tips on kids saving from the NC 529 National College Savings Program.

Money
April 22, 2017
College Savings in NC 529® Plan Reaches $2 Billion

North Carolina’s National College Savings Program, known as the NC 529 Plan, originally launched with a single investment option and transitioned $9.5 million in assets and 2,185 accounts to a multiple option format in 2001. The current NC 529 Plan, with 13 different investment options, now has a fund balance of just over $2 billion and 135,524 active accounts, 91% of which are owned by North Carolina residents.

Piggy Bank
April 18, 2017
Give Your Kids a Valuable Lesson on “Teach Your Child to Save Day”

April 28 is National Teach Your Child to Save Day and the NC 529® Plan is encouraging parents to turn their tax refunds into a teaching tool.

Teddy
April 17, 2017
Celebrate Financial Literacy Month

April is Financial Literacy Month. The goal of Financial Literacy Month is to help Americans become savvier when it comes to their money. From creating a budget to learning about investing, this is an ideal time to pause and evaluate your family’s level of financial knowledge.

529 Plants
April 3, 2017
Celebrate College Savings Day with the NC 529 Plan

We’re going to celebrate College Savings Day (May 29) by giving away $1,529! Anyone with an existing NC 529 Account or who opens one is eligible to enter. Don’t miss out on a chance to add $1,529 to your college savings in the NC 529 Plan.

Mom
March 29, 2017
When is the Right Time to Set Up an NC 529 Account for Your Child?

One of the most common questions parents have about an NC 529® Plan is when should I set up an NC 529 Account? It’s a simple question with a straightforward answer — now! That’s because it’s never too early to start saving for your child’s higher education.

Magnify
March 15, 2017
The NC 529 Plan Defined!

When it comes to saving your money, it’s important that you understand how a college savings vehicle works. We know that investing in a savings account for college can be a little confusing, especially if you are not familiar with financial jargon about your investment.

Booth
February 22, 2017
Fourth Annual Marbles Future Me Kids Career Fair This Saturday

The North Carolina National College Savings Program (NC 529 Plan) joined Marble’s Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC, for their Fourth Annual Kids Car Fair. During the fair, children are introduced to a variety of career fields, from news casters to dentists. More than 30 local professionals participated in the event and children had a wonderful time exploring various paths that they may pursue one day.

4 Leaf Clover
February 3, 2017
News & Record Achievements

Congratulations to Mark Pearn of Kernersville. As posted in the News & Record, Mark won an extra $529 to add to the NC 529 College Savings Account he owns for his son. He did so by entering the Lucky 3 Drawing that was held by the North Carolina’s National College Savings Plan during the later part of 2016.

4 Leaf Clover
January 13, 2017
NC 529 Lucky 3 Drawing Winners

The NC 529 Lucky 3 Drawing was most recently held in the Fall 2016. Those who contributed to their NC 529 Account during the drawing were entered for a chance to have an additional $529 added to their Account. We’re pleased to have had so many entries, as this means many people took another step in saving for college.

Piggy Bank
January 11, 2017
Add Saving for College to Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions are all about improving your life and making plans for a better future. Of course, we all want to be grateful, healthy, and good to those around us. The beginning of a New Year is also a great time to consider financial and future goals.

Mother Daughter Sunset
December 28, 2016
Dos and Don’ts When Saving for College

As parents, we always want the best for our children. But in the busy eighteen years from birth through high school graduation, sometimes preparation for a child’s future higher education gets put on the back burner.

Woman Thinking
December 20, 2016
The Pros and Cons: Should Parents Help Their Children Pay for College?

From baby’s first gurgle or giggle, parents begin to dream of their child’s future and try to figure out how to handle the associated costs of parenthood. Some parents immediately dive into saving for their child’s education.

Wfmy Takeila
December 14, 2016
College Tuition Is a Stocking Stuffer?

During the holidays and on special occasions, it’s fun to spoil the children in our lives. Twenty-five dollars can buy a variety of gifts – balls, gift cards and games. As WFMY notes, it can also give the gift of education.

Us News
December 14, 2016
4 Ways to Give the Gift of College Savings (U.S. News & World Report)

The US News and World Report recently featured a Durham, NC grandfather who is helping his family save for college. Instead of giving physical gifts during the holiday season, he is contributing money to his grandson’s college savings plan each year. And, he’s not alone. According to the article, 84% of parents would prefer that their children receive money for college in place of physical gifts during the holidays.

Sal Post
December 8, 2016
North Carolina’s Savings Plan Encourages Holiday Giving That Lasts

Holiday giving can be tricky. Each year children receive a pile of wrapped items that they plow through quickly and inevitably forget after a brief period of time.

29 Days Giving
November 21, 2016
How to Give the Gift of an NC 529 Account

This holiday season, give your loved one a meaningful present that can be cherished for years to come — the gift of education. Most children receive trendy toys or clothes that will be lost, forgotten or outgrown within months or even weeks. Think outside the box and give a gift with true, lasting value.

Lucky Banner
November 8, 2016
Are You Feeling Lucky?

When it comes to saving for college, common sense may be even better than luck!

Scared Young Woman
October 24, 2016
Why You Shouldn’t Be Scared of Saving for College

With the cost of a college education rising every year, some parents are nervous about how to handle the expense of higher education for their children.But don’t throw up your hands. Many families find it possible to put at least some money away for college and to explore the variety of other financial aid options available to help with the rest.

Confused Boy
October 14, 2016
Retirement or Child’s College: Which Should Be My Saving Focus?

Many families feel up to their ears in expenses, and stretching their paychecks to save for things such as retirement and college may seem less important than day-to-day needs. So, with a limited amount of discretionary income, how do you decide? It’s your choice about how much of that income to put away in savings and what your priorities will be.

College Selection
September 15, 2016
Four Important College Selection Criteria

Choosing which college to attend is one of the most important decisions you can make. This will influence more than just your future career – it may also impact who you meet, where you end up living and the opportunities presented to you. But with so many options out there, you might have trouble narrowing down your list.

Proud Grandmother
September 9, 2016
Happy National Grandparents Day!

Every year, National Grandparents Day falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day. In honor of this year’s special day, we’d like to thank our grandparents for everything they do. After all, grandparents make life grand, and we don’t know what we’d do without them.

College Savings Month
September 1, 2016
September is College Savings Month!

Saving for college is an important aspect of planning for your family’s future. College Savings Month is a great time to inspire more parents to open college savings accounts or to commit to increasing their college savings goals in their existing accounts.

Back To School
August 23, 2016
Why Kindergarten is the Perfect Time to Start Saving for College

Dropping your child off on the first day of kindergarten will probably be emotional for both of you. The first day of school can be exciting, but your child may be nervous about being left there for the first time. At least you can reassure your child you’ll be together again at the end of the day and eager to talk about this new experience.

Wraz Kickoff Kindergarten
August 21, 2016
Kickoff to Kindergarten (WRAZ-RAL FOX, Raleigh)

Marbles Kids Museum hosted it’s annual “Kickoff to Kindergarten” event, in partnership with the NC 529 Plan. There was information about how parents can use the NC 529 Plan to start saving for college for their rising kindergartners. This was the second event hosted by Marbles Museum aimed at getting kids ready to start school.

Wtvd7 Kick Off Kindergarten
August 20, 2016
Kickoff to Kindergarten (WTVD, Raleigh 7 am)

August 20, 2016 was Kickoff to Kindergarten. Rising kindergartners in the Raleigh area and their families were offered free admission to Marbles Kids Museum to get a jump start on learning what they would need to start school. The event was sponsored by the NC 529 Savings Plan.

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August 20, 2016
Kickoff to Kindergarten – (WTVD Raleigh, 9 am)

August 20, 2016 was “Kickoff to Kindergarten” day, with Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh offering free admission to rising kindergartners and their parents. The NC 529 Plan was a sponsor of this event; NC 529 Plan staff provided sessions for parents on saving for college for their kids.

Coins
August 17, 2016
How Will NC 529 Savings Plans Affect Financial Aid Awarded Through FAFSA?

Can you picture it? Your son or daughter all grown-up, dressed in a cap and gown, and striding across the stage to receive a high school diploma. It’s a thought that makes a parent’s heart fill with pride and emotion; your baby has made it through the early years and is now ready to take on future challenges!

Go Ask Mom
August 17, 2016
Weekend Plans: Kindergarten kickoff, Packapalooza, block party, more – WRAL.com

Go Ask Mom, a resource for Triangle moms on the WRAL-TV website, featured the Kickoff to Kindergarten at Marbles Kids Museum in its rundown of weekend events for families. Kickoff to Kindergarten was sponsored by the NC 529 Savings Plan, and was designed to help kids become acclimated to the sights, sounds and activities of kindergarten before their first day. The event was free for rising kindergartners and their families.

Wghp Tv
July 8, 2016
Saving for College (WGHP-TV, Greensboro)

Takeila Hall, College Foundation of North Carolina Regional Representative, spoke with WGHP on how to avoid taking on student loan debt by saving for college using an NC 529 Plan. She emphasized that it is never to early, nor too late, to start saving and help relieve some of the burden of college tuition.

Kindergarten
May 30, 2016
Your Ultimate Kindergarten Checklist

Starting kindergarten is a big step for your little one—and your family. Whether it’s your first child or your fourth, preparing for the big day never seems to get any less chaotic. There’s a lot to do and learn before sending a young one off to school for the first time.

Wbtv Charlotte
May 29, 2016
Paying For Your Child’s College Education

A recent survey shows that many parents are not prepared to pay for their child’s college education. Tameka Ruffin from the College Foundation of North Carolina talks about those results, and shares how to start saving for your children’s college education with the NC 529 Plan.

Twc News 14
May 29, 2016
Learn about 5/29 Day (TWC News 14)

May is College Education Month, and 5/29 Day is a day to promote saving for college through a state-sponsored 5/29 plan. Almost every state offers it’s own college savings plan, although each has it’s own set of features.

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May 29, 2016
5/29 Savings Day (WRAL-RAL, NBC)

NC 529 Savings Plan administrators teamed up with Marbles Kids Museum to hold a celebration for “5/29 Savings Play Day.” It was an opportunity for parents to learn about ways to save for their children’s college while their children played with the tools and toys in the museum.

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May 29, 2016
5/29 Savings Day – (WRAZ-RAL FOX50)

On May 29, 2016, North Carolina 529 Plan administrators teamed with Marbles Kids Museum to host a “Savings Play Day.” This was an opportunity for Moms and Dads to learn about saving for their kids’ college years while playing with the fascinating tools and toys in this great museum.

Scholarship Application
April 25, 2016
My Child Was Awarded a Big Scholarship. What Can I Do with My NC 529 Savings?

First of all, congratulations! Earning a scholarship is a big deal and your student likely worked hard to receive it. You’re probably relieved that this scholarship will reduce some, or maybe even all, of what you’ve been planning to cover in college expenses.

Baby Family
April 2, 2016
Tips for Talking to Your Child about Paying for College

As you cuddle your newborn, you likely dream of how you’ll lavish your child with anything and everything for a “good life.” As you gain more parental experience, you’ll likely soon realize how much your child learns from finding out how much he or she can personally do.

Baby With A Laptop
March 1, 2016
How to Set Up an NC 529 Account

As you dream of your child’s future, your vision probably includes college. If so, then the sooner you start planning, the easier it will be to have money on hand when it’s time to help with college expenses.

Family
March 1, 2016
We Opened an NC 529 Account. Now What?

Congratulations on opening an NC 529 account to prepare for the future! You’re joining more than 130,000 other families already saving in the NC 529 Plan for a loved one’s college expenses.

Office
March 1, 2016
Tight Budget? You Can Still Save for College.

Saving for a college education for your children is more important than ever, but on a limited budget, putting away money every month can be difficult. But the reality is that whatever amount you can save for a college education can help.

Graduation Blog Pic
February 8, 2016
Can college savings in the NC 529 Plan be used at any school?

Have an NC 529 Plan for a soon-to-be high school graduate? This is an exciting—and busy!—time for your family. Now is the time to be sure the money you’ve saved can be used for your grad’s college education. Don’t stress, we’re here to help!

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February 8, 2016
What is the NC 529 Plan?

It probably feels like just yesterday you were holding your newborn children in your arms, and you probably feel just as protective over them now as the day they were born. But are you protecting their future too? You won’t be able to take care of them forever, and that’s why now’s the time to start saving for their college education! A higher education will give your children the tools they need to be successful on their own.

Ways
February 8, 2016
Seven Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About College During Their Early Years

Many people don’t start talking about college with their children until they’re in high school. But by then, college is only four years away or less! This can be overwhelming to students as the questions start pouring in: Where do you want to go? What will you major in? How much does it cost? What do you need to do to get in?

WBTV TV Gift Of Education
December 22, 2015
Giving the “Gift of Education” Campaign for Children (WBTV-TV)

How would you like to give a child a lasting gift for Christmas? Instead of toys and clothes, consider opening up an NC 529 Plan for saving for college early.

December 15, 2015
NC 529 Holiday Giving (WJZY Charlotte)

Tameika Ruffin, College Foundation of North Carolina Regional Representative, shares how giving a holiday gift with the NC 529 Plan is an excellent way to help a child with college savings.

December 9, 2015
Few American Parents are Saving for College (WGHP – Winston Salem)

Fewer American parents with children under age 18 are saving for college this year — down more than 50% from the previous year.

Grad Caps
October 13, 2015
NC Offers College Options, Aid for All

“With over 100 colleges and universities across the Tar Heel state, both recent high school grads and returning learners are sure to find a place to continue their education.

Pencil Test
November 10, 2014
College Application Week

The goal of North Carolina College Application Week is to provide every graduating high school senior the opportunity to apply to college online through CFNC.org. Special focus is placed on students who would be the first in their families to attend college and students who may have not otherwise seriously considered attending college.

Sarita
October 21, 2014
College Road Trip: CFNC

Sarita Broadway, a CFNC Regional Representative, talks with WRAL about the wide variety of resources that are available at CFNC.org to help North Carolina families as they plan, apply and pay for college.