Useful Information

Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • Mrs. Dove, the scholarship coordinator for Sampson County, has a website with lots of useful information about scholarships available to Hobbton students and when to apply. Click here to learn more!
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens on October 1st. You must complete it with the guardian and child’s 2016 tax information. Both the guardian and the student need to create an FSAID to begin. You will want to complete FAFSA every year that you wish to receive federal or state financial aid for college.
  • Check out this Step-by-Step Guide to submitting your FAFSA!
  • Ne’Quoya “CeeCee” Smith offers FREE FAFSA assistance to all families in Sampson County. She is at the Newton Grove Public Library every Friday afternoon from 2:30 to 5:00. She can also be reached via phone at (910) 672-1171 to arrange an appointment.
  • Complete FAFSA AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE to receive the most financial aid from your colleges! Send the FAFSA to every college you plan on applying to.
  • Students applying to highly selective colleges like UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke will need to also complete the CSS Profile through CollegeBoard. This helps determine eligibility for institutional need-based aid.

Residency Determination

  • All students will need to complete the NC Residency Determination Service (RDS) this year to be eligible for in-state tuition at pubic colleges, and NC need-based tuition grants. You will receive a Residency Certification Number (RCN) that can be given to all colleges in North Carolina. You should complete this as soon as possible and before applying to any public or community colleges.
  • RDS is linked to your CFNC account. You will need to complete it before submitting any application through CFNC.
  • Both the student and parent must be US Citizens or legal residents to receive initial classification as in-state. Resident students with non-resident or undocumented parents will need to go through an appeals process with RDS, providing supporting information that demonstrates their residency in North Carolina.
  • Many of the information required for RDS and FAFSA is the same. Students should complete both at the same time. Comparing RDS and FAFSA Requirements

College Applications

  • Students should make a profile with CFNC, the Common App, or both.
  • The CFNC Application Hub can be used to apply to most NC 4 year colleges and all NC community colleges.
  • The Common App can be used to apply to out of state and highly selective institutions.
  • Students should aim to apply by colleges early action deadlines if they are done taking standardized tests to increase chance of acceptance and receiving scholarships.
  • High School trancripts can be sent to all NC colleges through the CFNC Transcript Manager.
  • Most students created a CFNC account in middle school. They may need to reset the username and password if they have trouble logging in.
  • November is College Application MonthThis is a great time to complete RDS, FAFSA, and college applications.
  • Many schools waive their fees from November 13-17. Here is a list of schools that will waive application fees.