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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

Robert was director of multimedia for EducationNC. He is a journalist and award-winning documentary filmmaker in the Triangle. Robert attended both public and private grade schools in North Carolina and graduated from the Media and Journalism school at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has produced video content for The News & Observer, ABC11-WTVD, UNC-Chapel Hill, The News Reporter and more. His short documentary Princess Warrior received an Excellence in Filmmaking award at the 2017 Carrboro Film Festival. Visit his website at