CFCC partners with UNC to guarantee admission to Chapel Hill

Cape Fear Community College is now among a handful of N.C. community colleges that offer students a guaranteed path to UNC-Chapel Hill.

CFCC recently joined the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program, also known as C-STEP. The purpose of the program is to enable more community college students to transfer and graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Students who are invited to participate in C-STEP agree to earn appropriate associate degrees and participate actively in the program. C-STEP offers students special events and advising, both at their home college and at Carolina, while they are pursuing their associate degrees, and provides exemplary transition and support services once they have enrolled at Carolina and are pursuing their bachelor degrees.

According to CFCC’s C-STEP coordinator, these enhanced efforts will ensure that C-STEP students will feel firmly planted at Carolina almost immediately upon matriculation.

“They will be academically prepared and fully engaged in the campus community – both of which are strong indicators of student success,” Shivar said.

Another important consideration for any student considering transferring to a four-year university is how to pay for their education. Carolina guarantees to meet 100 percent of every admitted student’s demonstrated need through grants, scholarships, and loans. Qualified C-STEP students will be offered the opportunity to enroll as Carolina Covenant scholars, a landmark program that enables low-socioeconomic students to graduate debt-free.

CFCC is among nine of the 58 NC community Colleges to offer the C-STEP program. The program currently serves nearly 400 students statewide; more than 200 of those have already enrolled at UNC. The remaining students are expected to enroll after they have completed their community-college courses.

For more information, contact Ashley Shivar at or call (910) 362-7227.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 1.