Making College Possible for Everyone
College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) is a free service of the State of North Carolina provided by a collaboration of Pathways (the NC Department of Public Instruction, the NC Community College System, the NC Independent Colleges and Universities and The University of North Carolina System), the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, and College Foundation, Inc. CFNC promotes access to North Carolina higher education and assists students with education planning, career planning, and applying and paying for college.
Pathways of North Carolina
Pathways, created by the NC General Assembly in 1999, is a state-wide initiative to increase the college-going rate of North Carolinians by providing: comprehensive college and career planning resources; electronic applications and transcripts accepted by most of the 110 North Carolina colleges and universities; and, information on student financial aid and college affordability. Pathways is administered by the UNC System.
The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA), established in 1965, is the State agency that promotes access to higher education by administering financial aid and savings programs, informing students and families about paying for college, teaching educators about financial aid administration, and advocating for resources to support students.
College Foundation, Inc.
College Foundation, Inc. (CFI), a non-profit corporation serving North Carolina students and families since 1955, administers a large portfolio of education loans, several major grant and scholarship programs for students attending NC colleges and universities, and the tax-advantaged "529" college savings program on behalf of the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. CFI also delivers information to North Carolina students and families about paying for college and provides technology services to the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) education collaboration.
In addition to the free resources on this website, you can contact us toll-free at 866.866.CFNC (2362) from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (ET) Monday - Thursday and 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday (ET).