by Briana Ullman
Entertainment & Local Editor
The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) and the Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CACRAO) partner together yearly to create the North Carolina College Application Week, or CAW.
Running this year from Nov. 18 – 22, CAW offers waived application fees to North Carolina students for selected colleges within the state. Students can submit their free applications exclusively through CFNC.org.
Guidance Counselor Melanie Parham strongly encourages students to take advantage of the free applications offered.
“It gives students the opportunity to apply for colleges for free to see if there are other places out there that interest them. For colleges, it is a recruitment tool to possibly get applications from kids who would not have looked at their college otherwise,” Parham said.
Students taking advantage of College Application Week can apply to over 30 schools such as Brevard College, Davidson College, Warren Wilson College, Lenior-Rhyne University, Mars Hill University, and many more.
Senior Devin Duque is taking advantage of College Application Week by applying to Wake Forest University.
According to Duque, he is excited to be able to apply to a prestigious college with a waived application fee.
“Having my application fee waived is such a great opportunity. It definitely made me want to apply to Wake Forest even more,” Duque said.
According to CFNC.org, more than 29,000 students submitted over 69,000 applications to participating colleges and universities during College Application Week in 2012.
“It’s also nice having a designated week to make sure you focus on applications. Sure, your whole senior year is supposed to be about the process of deciding your plans for next year, but it’s a good week to make sure you get applications done,” Parham said.
In order to help seniors looking for assistance with college planning, the counseling department is also planning on holding lunchtime workshops for students and parents.
One session will discuss financial aid, and a second session will discuss how to pick a college and major.