Step 1: Use the Net Price Calculator: Located on each college website to help students and families prepare for the cost of attendance
Step 3: On your FAFSA application, select up to 10 colleges to receive your FAFSA report
Step 4: Apply for all college scholarships on each college financial aid and scholarship website
Step 5: Meet all financial aid and scholarship deadlines
Step 6: Search for scholarships using the tools and links on the Craven County Schools website
Step 7: Use the CFNC financial aid and scholarships page to apply for all NC scholarships
Step 8: Apply for the LOCAL scholarships listed on this webpage or through your high school counseling office
Step 9: Be persistent, apply for as many as you qualify for, don't assume you won't be selected, edit your work, and meet all deadlines
Step 10: If selected as a scholarship recipient, write a thank you note and attend the local celebration or meeting to recognize you!
Step 11: Submit your name and the scholarship to your high school counselor's reporting webpage
Step 12: Attend your school's scholarship/awards program to be recognized for your hard work!
Step 13: Keep applying even after you graduate from high school
Additional Resources to understand the financial aid process: