Higher Education Emergency Relief (Formerly CARES Act) Funds: Central Piedmont Student Relief Grants

Central Piedmont has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education to support eligible students with costs of attendance or emergency costs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant, you must:

  • be a current student at Central Piedmont. Central Piedmont will verify that you are an active student attending classes when you apply for funds.
  • have eligible cost of attendance or emergency expenses caused by the pandemic (such as food, housing, course materials, transportation, technology, health care, and child care).
  • College and Career Readiness students, you must be currently enrolled and have attended class (in-person, synchronous virtual or asynchronous learning) for at least 12 hours.
  • Continuing education students, you must be enrolled in at least 12 hours of occupationally-related courses. You are not eligible to apply if you are taking personal enrichment or short-duration continuing education courses (example: notary). You are also not eligible if you get a fee waiver through your employer or a corporate sponsorship.

You can still be eligible to receive a Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant if you:

  • owe a balance to Central Piedmont. The college will not deduct any fees from your Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant, but any outstanding balances will remain on your account.
  • receive support from another Central Piedmont Emergency Grant.

Apply for a Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant

You may only apply for one Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant per semester. You need to submit a new application each semester you hope to receive a grant.

  • Confirm that you are eligible and want to receive a Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant.

  • Submit the required Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant application.

    If you have applied for the Student Emergency Relief Grant since August 1 and need to make an update, please contact Single Stop at singlestop@cpcc.edu.

  • FAFSA and Financial Aid Information

    Make sure you're getting all the financial aid you're eligible for!

    You are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to maximize your eligibility for financial aid. If you are awarded a Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant, this grant will not impact your financial aid award package.

    Need help completing your FAFSA? Call the Financial Aid office at 704.330.6942 or contact your financial aid counselor directly for help. To find your financial aid counselor's name and contact information, log in to Financial Aid Self-Service on MyCollege. You can also attend a FAFSA workshop.

    If you have special financial circumstances or your financial situation has changed a lot due to the coronavirus pandemic — such as if an employer closed, you lost your job, your parents lost their job, your income significantly changed, or other financial hardship — the Financial Aid office may be able to adjust your financial aid package in consideration of your new income or other financial information that has changed instead of the information used on your most recent FAFSA. Visit the Financial Aid coronavirus page for more information.

Apply

If you have applied for the Student Emergency Relief Grant since August 1 and need to make an update, please contact Single Stop at singlestop@cpcc.edu.

Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant application

Receiving and Using Your Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant

Central Piedmont will verify your application information and notify you if your application is approved. Student relief grants are sent through BankMobile. If you request a relief grant for tuition assistance, Central Piedmont will request your permission to apply funds directly to your account balance.

  • How Your Grant Amount is Determined

    Central Piedmont determines the amount of your Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant based on information you provide in your application and documentation. If you are awarded a Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant, this grant will not impact your financial aid award package.

  • Set Up Your BankMobile Account and Refund Selection

    Central Piedmont uses BankMobile, an online banking product, to process financial aid refunds. You must have a BankMobile Account to get your Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant.

    Verify that your contact information and payment options are accurate with BankMobile and learn more about BankMobile refund options. If you do not have a BankMobile account and need help creating one, contact BankMobile at 1.866.782.0821 or the Central Piedmont Cashiering office at 704.330.4472.

  • When You Will Receive Your Grant

    When you receive your student relief grant depends on the payment option you select with BankMobile. If you requested tuition assistance and agreed to allow the college to apply funds to your account balance, funds will be applied as soon as possible. 

  • How to Use Your Grant

    How you use your Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant is your choice. You should use this money for costs of attendance or emergency costs as a result of the pandemic, such as food, housing course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care. Central Piedmont will not require you to submit receipts or other documentation of how you spend your funds. Central Piedmont will not require you to apply tuition assistance directly to your account balance, but you are strongly recommended to.

    The college encourages you to pay off any balances with the college to prevent issues with registration or collections. You may request a student relief grant to help you pay off your account balance. Visit the Central Piedmont tuition, fees, and payment page to learn more about balances and available payment options.

  • Tax Information

    The Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant is not part of your gross income for tax purposes. Visit the IRS CARES Act website or contact the IRS for more guidance.

If You Are Not Eligible or Need Other Financial Support

We care deeply about all of our students and want to help meet your needs. Whether or not you are eligible for a Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant, the college encourages you to use all financial assistance and support available to you. If you have an emergency financial need and require immediate assistance, contact Single Stop for help accessing other resources.

Contact

Contact financialaidcares@cpcc.edu or your financial aid counselor directly for more information or if you have questions. To find your financial aid counselor's name and contact information, log in to Financial Aid Self-Service on mycollege.cpcc.edu.