College application fee waivers extended through Nov. 16 for counties impacted by Hurricane Florence

College-bound students in North Carolina counties hit hard by Hurricane Florence will have an entire month to turn in their applications – and still take advantage of an application fee waiver offered by many N.C. colleges and universities.

As part of College Foundation of North Carolina‘s NC Countdown to College month-long event, many public and private colleges and universities across the state are waiving application fees for students this week – today through Oct. 19. The fees, depending on how many institutions a student is applying to, can add up and become a barrier for some who can‘t afford the cost.

On Monday, CFNC announced that the fee waiver will be extended through 5 p.m., Nov. 16, for students in 28 eastern North Carolina counties that suffered major damage during Hurricane Florence.

When a student is completing their application on, the system will provide the special fee waiver option based on the county in their permanent/mailing address on the application, according to . Eligible counties are determined based on their designation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Here are the eligible counties:

  • Beaufort
  • Bladen
  • Brunswick
  • Carteret
  • Columbus
  • Craven
  • Cumberland
  • Duplin​​​​​​​
  • Greene​​​​​​​
  • Harnett​​​​​​​
  • Hoke
  • Hyde
  • Johnston
  • Jones
  • Lee
  • Lenoir
  • Moore
  • New Hanover
  • Onslow
  • Pamlico​​​​​​​
  • Pender​​​​​​​
  • Pitt
  • Richmond
  • Robeson
  • Sampson
  • Scotland
  • Wayne
  • Wilson

Nearly 40 N.C.-based colleges and universities are waiving their fee. The fee also is free to apply to community colleges. has the details.