Parent Resources

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Is there orientation for new students?

Orientation is one of our required steps for new students. You can sign up for an upcoming date sign up for an upcoming orientation date online.

How do I request a campus tour?

Tours are available at every campus! Sign up for a campus tour.

How do I pay my student's tuition and where do I find information about payment deadlines?

You have several options for paying your student's tuition.

  • Pay Online: Log in to to make payment
  • Pay in Person: Payments can be made in the Cashier’s Office at any of our 6 campuses. The Cashier's Office normal hours of operation are Monday - Thursday 8 a.m.–6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Extended hours dates for each semester are published in the Central Piedmont class schedule.
  • Payment Plan: Central Piedmont now offers the NELNET tuition payment plan. For financial assistance, you may want to visit the Financial Aid Office located on the Central High Building on Central Campus.

Where and when do we buy books?

Textbooks can be purchased from the College Bookstore or ordered online after your student has registered for classes. Please visit the College Bookstore website for more information.

Where and when do we get student ID and parking decal?

Students can get their student ID and parking decal after paying for classes. Student parking decals are available in the Business Offices at every campus. Student Identification Card information is available online.

What is the difference between an A.A., A.S., and A.A.S?

The A.A. (Associate in Arts) and the A.S. (Associate in Science) are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college.

The A.A.S. (Associate in Applied Science) is designed to prepare students for immediate employment after graduation. Please keep in mind that some students do go right into the workforce with an A.A. or A.S. degree, and some students may transfer with an A.A.S. degree through special agreements with specific four-year colleges. For more information regarding these agreements, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

Who is considered a full-time student?

Students enrolled in 12 or more credits during a semester are considered full time. Students are required to maintain full-time status 

  • to remain covered under a parent's health insurance plan
  • to receive the full amount of grants
  • to be eligible for some scholarships

How can I get enrollment verification for my health provider?

Visit the student records page for detailed enrollment verification instructions.

How can I find out about my student’s class schedule, attendance and academic performance?

Access to student records is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”). Whether the student is 15 or 55, under FERPA we cannot answer questions or release information about the student (grades, current classes, etc) to you without the written permission of the student.  Parents are encouraged to maintain an open dialogue with their student on his/her academic performance.

How does my student obtain special accommodations to attend Central Piedmont?

Once the student has completed the steps to enrollment, send your documentation to the Disability Services office along with a Student Intake process. When the Disability Services Office receives your documentation, they will call you to set up an appointment to review your documentation and create an appropriate accommodation plan.

How can a student contact a faculty member?

Email addresses and contact information are included on every syllabus. The online faculty/staff directory is currently unavailable. 

How can I reach my student in case of emergency?

In case of an extreme emergency, you may contact the Security Services at 704.330.6632 for assistance in reaching your student.

What extracurricular opportunities are available to Central Piedmont students?

Central Piedmont offers many cultural, performing arts, health, career, and other campus events, as well as more than 45 student clubs.

If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

How to Help You and Your Student Adjust to Their First Year at Central Piedmont

Here are 10 rules to help you and your student adjust to their first year at Central Piedmont Community College:

  1. Accept that struggles and failures are part of adulthood. You can’t keep your student from experiencing them, but you can help support your young adult to become more self-sufficient.
  2. Realize that your child is now a college student. There is a major difference between high school and college! It is easy to forget this principle since students attending community college are usually still living at home.
  3. Accept that your child is now entering adulthood and may have different goals than you have. Your child’s career goals, academic goals, and school of choice may not be what you would have chosen. Try to remember that as they enter adulthood they need to develop ownership over their goals and aspirations for their future.
  4. Decide ahead of time who is responsible for what and the level of access.
    1. Financial responsibility: Who’s paying for what?  Are there conditions for payment? If you’re applying to financial aid, do it early!
    2. Access to grades: Does the student have to show you grades at the end of the semester? Keep in mind that Advisors and Counselors cannot give out that information.
  5. Encourage the student to be his or her own advocate. This includes interactions with Instructors, Advisors and Counselors, and the Academic Learning Center.
  6. Don’t be overly wired. If a student is going to see an instructor or other college personnel, do not send text messages to the student or call during the conference. Allow the student to talk to the college official one on one.
  7. Encourage your student to start thinking of their future now. What are their plans when they are finished at Central Piedmont? They can reach out to the Transfer Resource Center to assist with planning for transfer to a Four-Year College or University. Career Services can assist in the job search and career planning both during and after college. Workplace Learning can help with internship opportunities for students in selected programs.
  8. Encourage your student to use campus services and resources.
    1. Career Services
    2. Counseling/Advising/P-CAP
    3. Disability Counseling
    4. Student Success Center
    5. Tutoring & Testing Center
    6. Transfer Resource Center
    7. Library Services
    8. Student Life
    9. Financial Aid
    10. Registration
    11. Cashiering
    12. Campus Security
    13. Computer Labs
    14. Fitness Centers
  9. Encourage your student to be involved in campus activities. Learn more about campus activities and clubs.
  10. Encourage your student to check his or her Central Piedmont email regularly.
    1. At least once a day during the semester.
    2. At least twice a week during breaks.
    3. If desired, Central Piedmont email can be forwarded to other email accounts.