Virtual open houses, waived application fees encourage students to consider college this week

Posted October 21, 2020 9:50 a.m. EDT
Updated October 22, 2020 5:15 p.m. EDT

Even in the middle of a pandemic, some deadlines do not move. That’s why The College Foundation of North Carolina has designated October as College Application Month.

The organization is offering a number of its resources online this year so students can access them. It has also expanded one of its more popular programs, the CFNC College Application Week, from one week to two weeks this year. During CFNC College Application Weeks, participating schools will waive the application fees for students who submit their forms between October 19 and October 30. This year, 42 schools are participating in the fee waivers, including nine members of the University of North Carolina System. North Carolina’s community colleges are listed as a participant as well, however, they do not charge an application fee at any time in the year.

Three dozen private colleges and universities in the state have come together to offer students a way to examine their campuses and programs online. The North Carolina Association of Independent Colleges and Universities assembled a virtual college fair for its 36 members.

Starting October 19, interested students can visit one website to access videos from each member campus. ( ) Students who want more information are invited to register for a live question and answer session with a school representative. Those sessions are scheduled throughout the week to avoid any conflicts.

Wake Technical Community College is also offering virtual open houses to interested students this week. ( ) Each session includes talks about financial aid, transferring credits, and some of the school’s career courses. One of the sessions is also offered in Spanish. The talks will be recorded to view later. There will also be live question and answer sessions scheduled for WEdnesday and Saturday.

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