Help for financial aid applications, deadline approaching

- College financial aid officers and specialists will be available throughout North Carolina Saturday, February 20th to help high school seniors, their families and college students complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online, according to Timeka Ruffin, CFCN Regional Representative. 

This free program will be available at host sites from 9:00 a.m. to noon. 

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Go to or call 866-866-CFNC toll-free for a list of event sites and register for the one nearest you.  More than 65 sites will be available the morning of Saturday, February 20.  

During the week following FAFSA Day (February 22-26), State Employee Credit Union branches will be ready by appointment to help students and families with FAFSA completion, according to Ruffin.

A February FAFSA Phone-In. also sponsored by CFNC, is another option for students and parents who have only a few questions on completing the FAFSA.  Every Tuesday night in February between 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., financial aid specialists will be available to help at the toll-free number, 866-866-CFNC (2362). 

“Early completion of the FAFSA helps students take advantage of all of the financial aid opportunities available for North Carolinians,” said Marcia Weston, of the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority and CFNC coordinator of the FAFSA Day program.  “Students and parents don’t need to worry if they aren’t sure how to answer all of the questions on the form.  That’s why we have arranged to have experienced college aid professionals and financial specialists to help at each site.”  

More information is available on college and career planning on the College Foundation of North Carolina website, click here.

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