Helping families plan & pay for college

Education Finance Council (EFC) is the national trade association representing nonprofit and state-based higher education finance organizations. These entities strive to increase postsecondary access and affordability in their states and nationwide.

In the past year alone, EFC Members provided over 2.5 million families the resources needed to successfully plan, save, and pay for college. These resources include FAFSA completion events and help centers, scholarship programs, college planning centers, financial aid workshops and information sessions, financial literacy workshops, and support services for members of the military, veterans, and at-risk and low-income youth, including homeless and foster youth.

A number of EFC Members are also working collaboratively within their states to implement education-to-employment pathways programs that address specific workforce development needs in their states.

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Committed to assisting students successfully obtain education beyond high school, the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority in 2000 initiated, and has since actively participated in, a collaboration called “College Foundation of North Carolina” (CFNC). CFNC is a free and comprehensive service that helps students, along with their families, plan, apply, and pay for college.


With online information and a toll-free call center, (866) 866-CFNC (2362, option 2), CFNC offers detailed information to enable students to make informed decisions. CFNC services assist students and families every step of the way — from elementary school years through high school graduation and beyond.

CFNC offers resources to help young people understand career opportunities and the education required to sustain them and then assists students to chart their coursework to prepare for college and career and to select colleges appropriate to their ambitions and talents. CFNC also communicates about the availability of financial aid to make college affordable and advises students and families in taking actions to minimize borrowing and prevent delinquency and default.


Nonprofit & State-Based outreach programs

Over the past year, EFC Members directly worked with over 2.5 million families to help them successfully plan, save, and pay for college.


Check out EFC’s 2018 Data Report Book for in-depth info on these outreach programs.

EFC Members offer and partner with organizations in their state that offer assistance and individual counseling on every facet of the higher
education financing process.

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2019 EFC Education Finance Conference