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Application Fees Waived for Students Applying Online to College

Posted November 12, 2007

— Starting Monday, North Carolina high school seniors can apply online to some colleges for free.

Application fees to 27 colleges and universities and all 58 community colleges across the state will be waived until Friday during North Carolina College Application Week. The goal is to provide all high school seniors statewide the opportunity to apply to college online using the Web site of the College Foundation of North Carolina.

"This is a golden opportunity for the high school senior who needs that final nudge of encouragement to apply and find out that college really is possible," said Steve Brooks, executive director of the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority.

"We hope all students, whether they are in middle school or high school, are planning for college because North Carolina makes it possible for everyone, and there is a college to fit the need of every high school graduate," said Bobby Kanoy, senior associate vice president for academic and student affairs for The University of North Carolina.

In 2006, 14 high schools participated in the event with 900 students submitting college applications online. This year, more than 100 high schools are participating in the program.

Officials said College Application Week will be a statewide effort by 2008.


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  • kenshi Nov 12, 2007

    Well it would have been nicer if they had announced it or if the free week was during the week before early notification applicants had to apply (must be in before this week).

  • whatelseisnew Nov 12, 2007

    I can understand charging a fee. However, if you apply, are accepted and then attend the school to which you applied the fee amount should be deducted from your tuition or some other fee that they which they ding you with. On the other hand if you do attend the school or are not accepted it is reasonable for the school to recoup the cost of processing the application.

  • Tired Of Excuses Nov 12, 2007

    I wonder if other states do this as well?
    What a great $ saver!

  • Gunslinger Nov 12, 2007

    I believe Wake is not part of the NC system that is why they are not there. They are a private institution.

  • BlowupDollWithChatAmbitions Nov 12, 2007

    that should be transfer :P

  • BlowupDollWithChatAmbitions Nov 12, 2007

    Why aren't some of the major universities offering the fee waiver? My daughter plans to attend Wake Forest and trasnfer to UNC Chapel Hill, but I don't see either of them on the list. Hmmmmm.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 12, 2007

    So can I get a rebate for the fees I paid?

  • razor Nov 12, 2007

    There is some true economic injustice in the college application process, and it is nice to see it alleviated somewhat with measures like these.

  • Gunslinger Nov 12, 2007

    Today, the need for an education post high school has never been more important. It is amazing how many doors that little piece of paper will open.