Important Residency Information

All new or readmitting students will need to apply for in-state residency consideration for tuition purposes and North Carolina Community College Grant and North Carolina Educational Lottery Grant award eligibility.  Your NC grant award eligibility is based on your established residency status with the North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS). Please apply at Questions and concerns can be directed to, 919-835-2290, or 844-319-3640.


IRS Data Tool Information

While the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on is unavailable, FSA and the IRS remind applicants that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is still available and are operable.  Apply Now!!! Be prepared and order your 2015 Federal Tax Transcript. Your 2015 Federal tax transcript, may be viewed and downloaded from at Get Transcript Online, with the proper identity verification. Additionally, Get Transcript by Mail can be accessed online, or the taxpayer can call 1-800-908-9946, and a transcript will be delivered to the address of record within five to 10 days. If you are a dependent student, you will also need to obtain a copy of your parent(s) 2015 federal tax transcript.

Financial Aid Freeze Dates

The Financial Aid Freeze Date is the point at which your enrollment status is locked for financial aid purposes. This is the date we take a "snapshot" of students' enrollment to establish the "official enrollment" for reporting purposes and financial aid eligibility. At this point in the term, credit hours are locked and financial aid for the term is adjusted to reflect the student's enrolled credits that are eligible to receive financial aid.

For example, if the student registered full time at the beginning of the term and then dropped credits before the financial aid Freeze date, aid is then revised to match their eligibility based on the number of credits enrolled in as of the Freeze Date and types of aid that were awarded. Credits added after the Freeze Date cannot be used to increase financial aid eligibility.

More information about the Financial Aid Freeze dates, please click here.


The FSA ID - a username and password - has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in
to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your
financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents. If you do not already have an
FSA ID, you can create one when logging in to, the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS®) at,,, and Agreement to Serve (ATS) at

More information on FSA IDs, click here.

Communication to Students

If you are a current student, emails should be sent from your CPCC student email account. When contacting the Financial Aid Office for information via email, please include your phone number, including area code, your student ID number and a brief message to help our staff expedite your questions. Emails which do not contain your student ID number will be returned to you for that information.


Barnes and Nobles Textbook Rentals

Barnes and Nobles is offering textbook rentals to CPCC students. The following are the basic rules and regulations of the textbook rental program.

  • You must be 18 years of age or older to use this service.
  • Textbooks rent for less than 50% of a new, printed book's price.
  • Students can pay the rental fee using any payment option already accepted at the bookstore.
  • Students can keep the books for the entire term. They must return them to the bookstore (either in person or via mail) no later than the last day of finals.
  • Barnes and Nobles will send email reminders to alert students that the return date is approaching.
  • Rented materials can be converted to a purchase during the first two weeks of classes only.
  • Rented Materials must be returned to the campus bookstore from which they were originally rented by the rental return date, in salable condition. Salable condition generally means book spine intact, no excessive damage to cover or contents, all original pages intact, all original components present, and no excessive highlighting, writing or other markings. Normal use highlighting and writing is permitted.
  • Rented Materials not returned by the Rental Return Date, or Rented Materials returned on or before the Rental Return Date not in salable condition will be subject to Non-Return Fees. Non-Return Fees will be automatically charged to the credit card on file for the Rental Agreement as follows for each item of Rented Material: 75% of the new book price, plus a processing fee of 7.5% of the new book price. The new book price is based on the new book price at time of rental.
  • More information on textbook rentals can be found on the CPCC Barnes and Nobles bookstore website.

    New Priority Dates

    You must complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to receive a federal grant or scholarship. While students may apply for federal financial aid throughout the year, CPCC has established the following financial aid processing priority dates for each enrollment period: 

      December 1st (Spring Semester)

      May 1st (Summer Term)

      July 1st (Fall Semester)

    In order to ensure priority processing and "on-time" delivery of eligible financial aid, students must apply and return all requested forms/verification paperwork to their CPCC Financial Aid Office by the priority processing date. Meeting this priority date gives CPCC the necessary time to review and process your aid request accurately and on time, as determined by eligibility. It is recommended that you begin the financial aid application process at least 3-4 weeks before the priority processing date (for example, on or before the beginning of November 9, 2012 for the Spring 2013 semester).

    As always, the staff of the CPCC Financial Aid Office are here to help!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  (704) 330.6942.

    In Order to Maximize Your Financial Aid

      File your FAFSA each year before our July 1st deadline.

      Upon notification of your selection of verification, immediately submit all requested documentation to our office for review.

      Be sure all documents you submit to our office are signed.

      Be sure your name and Student ID number are on all documents you submit.

      Keep legible photocopies of all information you submit, and record the date you send in the documents.

      Submit documents by fax to 1.(704).330.5053.

      If you need copies of your IRS forms, call the IRS at 1 (800) 829-1040 or complete and mail to the IRS Form 4506-T, Request for Transcript of Tax Return. Available at

      Regularly check your financial aid status through MyCollege   All requests for information and changes to your financial aid package will be communicated via MyCollege and your CPCC Email account.