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Some N.C. colleges waive application fees

Posted November 10, 2014

North Carolina College Application Week runs from today through Friday, offering graduating high school seniors a chance to apply to college online through

Some North Carolina colleges and universities will be waiving their application fee for all North Carolina graduating seniors this week. The average fee is $41 and can add up if your child is applying to multiple colleges as most do.

The program focuses its efforts on students who would be the first in their families to attend college and students who might not otherwise have considered going. But, it's open to others as well.

Last year during annual event, 72,318 applications were submitted by 27,564 North Carolina students to colleges and universities here, according to the College Foundation of North Carolina.

The week began in 2005 at one high school and has now expanded to hundreds of schools and other locations across North Carolina. Guidance counselors at schools work to ensure that kids and parents know about the event and have already thought about what school will work best for each student.

For more information, check and with your child's school guidance counselor.


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  • Matt Wood Nov 10, 2014
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    People also neglect to mention that, other than covering application processing costs, the fees are also meant to ensure students are serious about the schools they are applying to and aren't frivolously applying to 100 schools. Imagine if there were no application fees.... every student would apply to every college they could, and admissions staff would be buried in applications.

  • jimcricket15 Nov 10, 2014

    the fee is reasonable. I love how another myth of a problem is created by whining, WELL if I apply to multiple colleges the fees add up. YEP they do. It is your choice to apply to 1 or 2 or 5 or 10 colleges. Besides this fee is a nit, wait till you see all the other add on fees that they plug in on top of the tuition. Also, FOLKS DEMAND that your child have the choice of living off campus. You can save a lot of costs doing that.

  • MinorityWillbeNewMajority Nov 10, 2014

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    Its an American concept: never let a chance to collect the low lying fruit go to waste.

  • jwbmom1965 Nov 10, 2014

    There shouldn't be an application fee. Parents are paying enough for everything else.

  • John Booker Nov 10, 2014
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    As a parent going through this now, the application fee is chump change compared to the overall cost. I was able to work and pay the tuition + books. Now, even if my kid worked 25hrs/week at minimum wage, it wouldn't even cover tuition.

  • Matt Wood Nov 10, 2014
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    How else do you suggest paying for someone to sift through literally thousands of applications (the article says over 72,000 were submitted in one week last year)?

  • 678devilish Nov 10, 2014

    That would be good for all new incoming students.

  • Imma Annoid Nov 10, 2014
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    Why should NC residents have to pay a few to apply to an NC college?

    Maybe if colleges delayered their administration they would not have to nickel and dime students and parents like they do.