CFNC is a nonprofit partnership between Pathways of North Carolina, the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, and College Foundation, Inc.

Funded by the North Carolina General Assembly, Pathways of North Carolina is administered by the University of North Carolina General Administration. Created in 1999, its goal is to prepare every student in the state for a college education. Pathways provides tools, information, and services in three vital areas: career planning and exploration, academic planning and preparation, and financial information. Pathways is a partnership of the University of North Carolina, the North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. The University of North Carolina is a multi-campus University, consisting of all sixteen public four-year institutions and one constituent high school in North Carolina. All listings of UNC or University of North Carolina refer to the multi-campus University, not any specific campus.

The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) is a state agency established in 1965 to promote access to higher education. It administers grant, scholarship, and loan programs created under State and Federal law and is funded with governmental and private resources to help North Carolinians meet the cost of higher education at public four-year, public two-year, and independent colleges and universities in North Carolina. It also promotes access to higher education by informing students and families about paying for college, teaching educators about financial aid administration, and advocating for resources to support students.

College Foundation, Inc. (CFI) is a nonprofit corporation that has been offering students and parents financial assistance since 1955. CFI is the central loan originator and servicer for North Carolina’s Federal Family Education Loan Program for postsecondary education. CFI also serves as administrative agent for a number of need-based grant programs for North Carolinians and for North Carolina’s National College Savings and Investment Program.

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