COLLEGE Application Month 2020

October 1-31, 2020

Dear Students and Families,

How EXCITING it is that you are applying for colleges this month! Please read through this informational letter as a guide to help you apply without stress or confusion. Hint: there are fee waiver codes included below as well! See below for a brief list of contents. Be sure to read information thoroughly, and if you have any questions, I'm here to help. :)


Mrs. Mahaffey

  • First 5 steps to complete before applying to college with videos and links. Click on each step to complete that task. Watch the video for more information.
  • Week-by-week update on what to accomplish each week for the rest of October. Lists and content include links for other websites with more information.
  • 2020 Events Schedule with registration links attached for live support and informational sessions.
  • College Application Checklists
  • Information about college application in Spanish. (Información sobre solicitudes universitarias en español).

North Carolina College Admissions Deadlines and Open House Information for Fall 2021

Don't miss the date to apply for the school of your choice! Know your deadline --
CFNC: How to Create Your Account on
CFNC: How to Use Career Tools on
CFNC: How to Use College Search on
How to Create Your FSA ID

Week 2 - Prepare To Apply (10/12/20 - 10/16/20)

Things to Accomplish This Week:

  1. Decide which schools you will apply to during College Application Weeks (10/19-10/30). Many NC colleges and universities waive their fees during these weeks. See who.
  2. Speak with counselors concerning fee waiver forms if applicable (ACT, College Board Fee Waiver) to use for schools that are not waiving fees during College Application Weeks.
  3. Some applications require an essay or personal statement. Review application requirements for the schools you plan to apply to and prepare these in advance.
  4. File your Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) after October 1st in order to begin the financial aid process for college. This one form allows you to apply for federal and state grants (free money for college), federal work-study, and federal student loans. Many colleges also require the FAFSA as part of the application process for institutional scholarships. Review necessary documentation before getting started.
  5. Complete the Residency Determination Service (RDS). This is important for both in-state tuition and financial aid, as the RDS application allows students to apply for in-state Residency, as well as North Carolina state grants. Review necessary documentation before getting started.

CFNC Video: How to Complete the RDS

CFNC: How To Complete Residency Determination Service (RDS) on
Practice Application

While colleges ask different questions on their applications, this practice application lets you see the types of questions you'll be asked, and gives you experience in navigating the CFNC application tool.

CFNC: Your Future, Is In Your Hands

Week 3 - Application Week (10/19/20 - 10/23/20)

Things to Accomplish This Week:

  1. Begin your college applications this week by first going to the Application Hub on This will ensure that you are directed to the preferred application for admission. Some colleges use multiple applications like the Common App and the application. During College Application Weeks (10-19-10/30) we encourage you to use the application whenever possible since it is the only website that we can guarantee will waive application fees for participating colleges and universities during College Application Weeks (10/19 - 10/30).
  2. Complete and submit the FAFSA form with help from parents or legal guardians. (
  3. Complete the Residency Determination Service (RDS) process (, if you have not already. This is an important part of the application and financial aid process, as it allows you to apply for in-state Residency for tuition purposes as well as become eligible for state grants (in conjunction with the FAFSA form being completed).

CFNC Video: How-to Complete a CFNC College Application

CFNC: Applications on
How to Fill Out the FAFSA

Week 4 - I Applied Now What? (10/26/20 - 10/30/20)

Things to Accomplish This Week:

  1. Submit transcripts on, if you have not already. Many students will have done this while submitting applications on If you used another website to submit an application this month, such as the college’s direct website or Common App, you can still use to send official high school transcripts to your colleges. A final transcript will also be sent approximately ten days after grades are posted at the end of your senior year. (
  2. Finish submitting your applications on by 5 PM on 10/30/20.
  3. Follow up with your colleges to see if you have submitted everything that you need to for admissions. You can also track applications on
  4. If you have not already, begin submitting scholarship applications. You can look for local scholarships (ask your school counselor), institutional scholarships (look on your college’s website or ask the school), national scholarships, and North Carolina scholarships ( Never pay for scholarship information.

CFNC Video: How-to Send a Transcript

CFNC: Transcripts on

CFNC Video: How-to Search for a Scholarship on CFNC

CFNC: How To Use Scholarship Search on

Register to attend any of the following events by clicking on the dates:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) & North Carolina Residency Determination Service (NC RDS) Live Q&A Session(s): FAFSA & RDS go together like macaroni and cheese! Prepare to apply to college by completing both. Learn how to avoid the Top 10 FAFSA mistakes and what you need to establish North Carolina residency. Financial aid administrators and Residency Determination Service experts will be on hand for live chat, resources will be offered specific to your questions, and a short presentation every 15 minutes will help in case you don’t even know what to ask.

Applications - Live Online Help Session: Welcome to the College Application Week portion of NC Countdown to College (C2C)! This year you will have two weeks to enjoy the fee waivers offered by colleges in association with C2C. These live help sessions will offer tips to ensure that your application submissions go as smoothly as possible, as you venture through this journey virtually. We aim to help as much as possible, and will have live admissions professionals on hand to answer any questions you might have, either in advance of filling out applications, or during. We are happy to assist!

Financial Aid 101 Live Q&A Session: After the FAFSA, but before your first day on campus, you need Financial Aid 101. What is an award letter? You had to report your 2019 income on the FAFSA you just filed; what if your household situation has changed in 2020? And what if you are selected for verification? Financial aid administrators will be on hand for live chat, resources will be offered specific to your questions, and a short presentation every 15 minutes will help in case you don’t even know what to ask.

Información Sobre Solicitudes Universitarias en Español

Hanna Mahaffey

Hi, everyone! I'm absolutely thrilled to be your school counselor at Ashe Early College. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions and needs you have!