CARES Act Emergency Funds: Central Piedmont Student Relief Grants

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.

Over $5 million will be disbursed directly to eligible students for qualifying expenses — such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care — related to the disruption of campus operations. These funds will be disbursed as "Central Piedmont Student Relief Grants." Due to federal regulations, we will only be able to provide grants to students who are eligible for federal financial aid (Title IV aid). There are additional eligibility requirements. Continue reading for more information about eligibility and how to apply.

Continue to check this page for updates as they become available. The college posts all coronavirus-related updates to our coronavirus page.

How to Receive a Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant

  • Eligibility Requirements

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

    • be enrolled in a for-college-credit program of study. Students in Career and College Promise, College and Career Readiness, and Corporate and Continuing Education programs are not eligible.
    • be enrolled in an in-person or a hybrid (in-person and online) format — not a fully online program
    • be enrolled in courses at Central Piedmont (spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020) or have filed a Compassionate Withdrawal due to circumstances related to the coronavirus
    • 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 Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant if you meet all other eligibility criteria.
    • have a 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file.
    • meet financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards
    • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
    • have a high school diploma, high school equivalency diploma, or have completed high school in an approved homeschool setting
    • Male students must be registered with the Selective Service

    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 financial assistance program (such as scholarships, the Central Piedmont Emergency Grant, Finish Line Grant, NextGen).
  • Apply for a Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant

    1. Confirm that you are eligible and want to receive a Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant.
    2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible.
    3. Complete the required Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant application:
      1. Log in to MyCollege.
      2. Select Student Services.
      3. Select Online Forms.

    You may only apply for one Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant per semester. Central Piedmont will begin accepting applications for additional assistance on Monday, July 6.

  • FAFSA and Financial Aid Information

    You must complete a FAFSA to receive a Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible 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.

    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.

Receiving and Using Your Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant

Central Piedmont will verify your application information and notify you if you receive a grant. If your application is approved, your grant will be sent through BankMobile.

  • 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 receive a 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 actually receive your funds once we send them depends on the payment option you select with BankMobile.

  • How to Use Your Grant

    How you use your Central Piedmont Student Relief Grant is your choice. You should use this money for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (including eligible expenses related to your cost of attendance, 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.

    The college encourages you to pay off any balances with the college to prevent issues with registration or collections. 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. Visit the Central Piedmont Cares page for information regarding other available resources, including other emergency financial assistance. If you need additional help, fill out the Central Piedmont Cares student form.

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.

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 U.S. 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): $3,195,150

    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: 5,329

    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 used a formula based on course load (the number of credit hours students are taking) and Expected Family Contribution to ensure funding was disbursed 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 will be awarded to students with critical needs based on an application process. Students must apply for funds and submit documentation of need. Central Piedmont will verify expenses and award funds to eligible 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.