ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Janae Wofford is a senior at Martin L. Nesbitt Academy and an aspiring pharmacist. She interns at the Mountain Area Health Education Center in the Minority Medical Mentoring Program to prepare for pharmacy school.

What You Need To Know

  • The College Foundation of North Carolina is offering free college applications to students until Friday through its website

  • Oct. 24-28 is I Applied, Now What? week, which includes webinars for students to plan for what’s next

  • College applications cost $45 on average, according to U.S. News and World Report

“I’m interested in going into pharmacology research, specifically with a concentration in cancer biology, and I would also like to work with public health,” Wofford said.

She is applying to 10 colleges during Free Application Week at the College Foundation of North Carolina.

“I didn’t want to pay for everything, but then CFNC has their free college week so I bumped it back up to all of the ones I wanted to apply to because I knew I didn’t have to deal with that fear of not being able to afford it,” Wofford said.

Students can apply to a list of North Carolina colleges for free through the College Foundation's website until Friday.

“As a student coming from a low-income household, where I’m working my own job and I’m paying my applications myself, not my parents, it’s definitely concerning to me because I didn’t think that I’d have the money to be able to apply to all of the colleges that I wanted to,” Wofford said.

College applications cost $45 on average, according to U.S. News and World Report.

“When you want to apply to 10 or more, or even five or more, that can be a big hit to your pocket and that’s even coming from kids that aren’t in low-income households,” Wofford said.

The foundation offers an I Applied, Now What? week including webinars to find out what to do after applying to college Oct. 24-28.