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This week only: You can apply to these 38 North Carolina colleges for free

College application fees are an expensive barrier for some prospective students. But this week, a slew of colleges in North Carolina are waiving those fees for College Application Week (Monday through Friday, Oct. 21-25, at 5 p.m.).

And if you’re applying to college, make sure to read our guide to completing the FAFSA to increase your odds of receiving financial aid.

Colleges Waiving Application Fees 

  • Barton College
  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Bennett College
  • Brevard College
  • Campbell University
  • Catawba College
  • Chowan University
  • Davidson College
  • East Carolina University
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Gardner-Webb University
  • Greensboro College
  • Guilford College
  • Johnson and Wales
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • Lees-McRae College
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Livingstone College
  • Louisburg College
  • Mars Hill University
  • Meredith College
  • Methodist University
  • Montreat College
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina Wesleyan College
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Saint Augustine’s University
  • Salem College
  • Shaw University
  • St. Andrews University 
  • University of Mount Olive
  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Warren Wilson College
  • William Peace University
  • Wingate University
  • Winston-Salem State University

Several UNC system schools are absent from the list, including UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, and UNC-Asheville.

You can also apply to any of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges for free during the week.

Robert Kinlaw

As EducationNC’s director of multimedia, Robert Kinlaw focuses on telling stories with video, photos, and sound.