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February 20, 2024
Fifteen N.C. 7th Graders Honored as Victor E. Bell, Jr. Scholars

College Foundation is pleased to announce that 15 outstanding North Carolina 7th graders have been named as recipients of the Victor E. Bell, Jr. Scholarship. Each Bell Scholar is eligible to receive up to $20,000 for higher education expenses.

December 13, 2023
Next NC Scholarship Will Help Cover Tuition and Fees at NC Community College or Public University

North Carolina students from households making $80,000 or less could have their tuition and fees fully covered at any of the state’s 58 community colleges or more than half of, if not all, of their tuition and fees covered at any of North Carolina’s 16 public universities thanks to the new Next NC Scholarship.

April 3, 2023
Guide to Translating Financial Aid Award Letters for High School Seniors

Spring is when financial aid award letters begin flooding the mailboxes of college-bound high school seniors across North Carolina. Interpreting award letters can be confusing as students compare offers from various schools.

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March 1, 2023
Student Loan Debt: 8 Ways Prevent Too Much Debt in College

In a country that increasingly values postsecondary education and training, students and parents often aren’t sure where to start when it comes to paying for higher education. But you’re not alone! There are many resources to help students pay for college.

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March 1, 2023
Student Loan Co-Signer Responsibilities and Requirements

Getting a private or alternative student loan like NC Assist can be a smart way to pay for college or graduate school when other financial aid and savings are not enough to cover the cost of your degree. A responsible co-signer can help you qualify for the right student loan so you can focus on earning your diploma!

February 1, 2023
NCSEAA and CFNC Host ‘How to Pay for College’ Webinar Series During Financial Aid Awareness Month

During Financial Aid Awareness Month, the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA), in partnership with College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), is hosting the How to Pay for College webinar series as part of Financial Aid Awareness Month.

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September 1, 2022
36 Scholarships That Have Nothing To Do With Academics

When you think of scholarships, you may think about how strong of a GPA you need to qualify. It might surprise you to know that there are interesting scholarships based on other things too. For example, if you make a prom dress out of Duck brand duct tape, you could earn a scholarship. You could earn a scholarship for a Google doodle, being a vegetarian, or simply for being taller than the average person.

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July 11, 2022
What are Student Loan Interest Rates for 2022?

Student loans are a necessity for most college students, but they aren't all created equally. Here's what to look for in a good student loan with great interest rates.

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June 23, 2022
Uniform Gifts to Minors Act: Pros & Cons of Custodial Accounts

One method of funding a child’s college education is taking advantage of the Uniform Gifts to Minors Act. The UGMA option, as well as UTMA accounts, are among the most traditional savings strategies. Like any other strategy, however, both come with some pros and cons.

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June 21, 2022
Student Loans 101: How Federal and Private Student Loans Work

There are a lot of questions when it comes to paying for college. Perhaps the biggest one is how you’re going to afford it. For most students, this means taking out student loans to invest in their futures.