CARES Act Emergency Funds

Over the next year, Central Piedmont will receive more than $10 million from the U.S. Department of Education through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding is intended to support students and institutional expenses related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

A portion of this money will be disbursed directly to eligible students for qualifying expenses related to the disruption of campus operations, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care. Due to federal regulations, we will only be able to provide CARES Act Emergency Grants to students who are eligible for federal financial aid (Title IV aid). There are additional eligibility requirements.

Central Piedmont is working hard to contact all eligible students by email. If you are eligible for a CARES Act Emergency Grant, you will receive an email from the Central Piedmont Financial Aid Office with additional instructions. The email will be sent to your official Central Piedmont student email account. Please continue to check this page for updates as they become available.

The college posts all coronavirus-related updates to our coronavirus page.

Eligibility Requirements

  • be enrolled in a for-credit college program (Students in Career and College Promise, College and Career Readiness, and Corporate and Continuing Education programs are not eligible.)
  • be eligible for federal financial aid, such as Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, or Federal Work-Study (If you are not receiving federal financial aid, you may be eligible for aid and qualify for a CARES Act Emergency Grant if you meet all other eligibility criteria.)
  • meet financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
  • have a 2019–20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file by June 30, 2020 (Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible.)
  • be enrolled in an in-person or a hybrid (in-person and online) program of study (not a fully online program)
  • have been enrolled in courses at Central Piedmont in spring or summer 2020 (or filed a Compassionate Withdrawal for spring or summer 2020)
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • have a high school diploma, GED, or have completed high school in an approved homeschool setting

Male students must be registered with the Selective Service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Required Federal Reporting and Disclosures

  • Department of Education Reporting

    Per U.S. Department of Education guidance released May 6, 2020, Central Piedmont Community College is required to publish the following information about the administration of funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. 

    Central Piedmont signed and returned to the US Department of Education a Certification and Agreement and the assurance that Central Piedmont will use no less than 50 percent of funds received under this grant to provide CARES Act Emergency funds directly to students.

    The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students: $5,393,777 

    The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter): $0

    The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act: 7,276

    The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act: 0

    The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act: Central Piedmont will use a formula based on course load (the number of credit hours students are taking) and Expected Family Contribution to ensure funding goes to students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (including eligible expenses associated with a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care). Additional emergency grants may be awarded to students with critical needs based on an application process. Students must apply for funds and submit documentation of need. Central Piedmont may verify expenses and award funds to applicants on a first-come/first-served basis until all available funds are expended.

    Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Information about how Central Piedmont is determining which students will receive grants is available on this Central Piedmont CARES Act Emergency Funds page.