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Education
12:42 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

This Week Only: Apply To Many NC Colleges For Free

Credit Will Folsom / Flickr/Creative Commons

All this week, many area colleges and universities are waiving their application fees. Costs usually run between $40 and $100 per application, so for those students who are applying to several schools, the savings can be substantial. Don't wait till the weekend, though. The special program ends on Friday, Nov. 14.

Here is a complete list of participating colleges and universities:

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Education
7:36 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Wake Tech Program Guides Students Raised In Foster Care To Higher Education

A program called Fostering Bright Futures works to guide students who were raised in foster care through Wake Tech.
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A program at Wake Tech Community College is working to help young people aging out of the foster care system transition into college.

Michelle Blackmon is the program coordinator for Fostering Bright Futures. She said kids often don't acquire the same life skills in foster care, or have the same support, that makes going to college easier for kids who grow up with family.

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Undocumented College Students Walk From Charlotte To Raleigh Asking For In-State Tuition

Elver Barrios (center) and a few dozen other students held a mock graduation for undocumented immigrants behind the Legislative Building in downtown Raleigh.
Credit Jorge Valencia

Five students walked 140 miles from Charlotte to Raleigh over the last 10 days to ask state lawmakers for in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

Elver Barrios, a computer engineering student at Johnson C. Smith University, and one of the advocates, says that when the group left last week, momentum seemed on their side.

"We were really excited on the first day of walking," he says.

But walking 15 miles a day means blisters on the feet and lots of sun on the face. It turns out there’s not much shade between Charlotte and Raleigh.

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Education
8:38 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Sophomore's New Grading Scale Would Make 90+ An A

15-year-old Adam Geringer poses next to a bill he wrote to change North Carolina's grading scale so that an A is 90 - 100, instead of 93-100.
Credit Adam Geringer

 In North Carolina, all public schools are required to grade students on a seven-point scale. That means you get an A if you score between a 93 and 100, and a B if it falls between an 85 and 92.

But one high school student is trying to change that - he says the current scale is unfair and is asking state leaders to consider adopting a 10-point scale instead so that a 90 to a 100 is an A. 

Members of the Broughton High School debate team begin their practice as soon as most students clear out the Raleigh school. 

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Politics & Government
6:16 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

529 Savings Deduction Going Away

Credit Dave DeWitt

Contributors to 529 college savings plans will no longer qualify for a state tax credit. The elimination of the deduction is part of a larger overhaul to the state’s tax code that goes into effect January 1st.

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