The “Visiting Year”: A College Student’s Alternative Option During COVID-19

With COVID-19 related safety and financial concerns on the minds of many parents and college students, the idea of heading off to a four-year university can seem especially daunting. Fortunately, there is an alternative option that can not only help students stay on track for graduation, but also lead to significant cost savings.  Meet the visiting year.

A Step Towards the Future

An ideal solution for college freshmen and sophomores, the visiting year at Cape Fear Community College allows students to knock out prerequisites and/ or general education classes. These are courses required by many colleges and universities, and they’re highly transferable! CFCC has more than a dozen articulation agreements in place with North Carolina universities and partnerships with additional colleges and universities, both private and independent. The advising team at CFCC also works with students to understand their unique goals and ensure every credit counts at the receiving school.

Learn the Same Course Material for Less

While scholarships, loans, and grants can help, a four year degree from a major university can still be costly. It’s possible to save thousands of dollars, and in some cases, more than half the cost of tuition during the visiting year. The lower tuition rate can help reduce student loan debt. Plus, CFCC offers a flexible payment plan that divides the remaining cost into scheduled payments. 

Plan Your “Visiting Year”

Cape Fear is close to home and a great place to help ensure a student’s success during this unique time. CFCC offers multiple session start dates each semester. Students can begin classes this fall as early as August 21, September 21, or October 19. Registration is available up through class start dates.

The admissions application is free, and the process to become a new student at CFCC is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  • Step 1 – Complete your residency determination
  • Step 2 – Complete your admissions application
  • Step 3 – Submit your high school transcripts

Advisors and admissions specialists are available to meet virtually or in-person to help students understand their options and map out a strategy to meet their academic goals. Stop by anytime Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 8 a.m. until noon on Friday or reach us at or 910-362-7000. If you’re looking for more information about specific programs, financial aid, or available resources, explore and/or take advantage of the live chat feature at

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