Local high school seniors aspiring to attend college next year can rest a little easier until Friday, as application fees are waived this week.
College Application Week is under way at four Lincoln County schools, allowing students to apply for community college and participating universities in the state for free, in hopes of encouraging 12th-graders to show interest in at least one college, North Lincoln High Guidance Counselor Pamela Black said, while stressing the importance of education.
Area high schools — North, West, East and Lincolnton — have been participating in the event for more than three years
With tuition, textbook, dormitory and other fees accrued when starting college, Black and other area counselors are encouraging those interested in continuing their education after high school to submit applications at the designated stations set up at each institution.
“This is an opportunity for students to apply to college, to not allow a financial hardship be a stumbling block for any student,” Black told the Times-News on Monday. “Some students feel like a burden to their parents during their senior year with so many expenses coming all at once. This is a chance for those students to apply without financial stress.”
Those who do not have Internet access can go online at the following sites:
North Lincoln High — 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Student Services Department.
Lincolnton High — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday in the Media Center, and by appointment on Friday.
West Lincoln — 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday and other hours by appointment.
Those wishing to take advantage of the fee-free event at home can go online at www.CFNC.org for more information. Families are welcome to join their seniors in the application process at each school.
“Our purpose at LHS is to make students and parents aware that going to college can be achieved and is necessary with today’s changing world and economic times,” Lincolnton High Guidance Counselor Sheila Beeker said. “This is important because students need to understand that learning never stops with age. Getting the most education possible will allow them the opportunity to live their dream.”