Tuition, Fees, and Payment

Tuition, Fees, and Payment

High quality. Great value. Save more than $38,000 in tuition and fees over two years by choosing Central Piedmont.

Continue reading for tuition and fee rates, payment dates, and payment methods.

Our summer terms will take place as scheduled. How we will deliver courses — in-person, online, or a combination of the two — will depend on the future severity of the pandemic. Our top priority is keeping everyone safe. Should courses be moved to solely online, fees that you were charged will be evaluated to determine if all are necessary.


Save more than $38,000 on average with doing your first 2 years at Central Piedmont. On average, a four-year university costs $22,000 in the first year alone. 4-year college or university in the Charlotte area accredited by SACSCOC cost an average of $22,771 in tuition and fees (including room and board where applicable) per year. A UNC system school costs an average of $6,504 per year. We cost an average of $3,224 per year.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

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Cost estimates are intended as a resource. Your actual costs may vary based on your actual enrollment, program, and individual need. Tuition rates for college-credit bearing courses are determined by your state residency.

Tuition Rates

Amounts listed are estimates only. The estimated cost of tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students can also be located at any Central Piedmont Cashiering Office. Tuition is controlled by the North Carolina State Legislature and is subject to change without notice.

Fees

All fees are subject to change and may vary based on the courses you take. If your tuition is waived, you are still required to pay applicable student fees.

  • Technology Fees

    All students will be assessed a technology fee:

    • curriculum: $48 per semester
    • Corporate and Continuing Education occupational extension: $5 per course
  • Student Activity Publication Fee

    • 1–8 credit hours: $26
    • 9 or more credit hours: $35
  • Campus Access, Parking, and Security (CAPS) Fees

    You will be issued a parking permit for access to Central Piedmont parking lots. With few exceptions, this fee is charged to all students, at all campuses, even if you don't drive to campus. The CAPS fee is:

    • 1–8 credit hours: $73 per semester (fall, spring, or summer)
    • 9 or more credit hours: $97 per semester (fall, spring, or summer)
    • Corporate and Continuing Education students: $12 per course (fall, spring, or summer)
    • maximum per semester (all students): $97

    You are not required to pay the CAPS fee if you meet any of the following. You will be issued a parking decal.

    • You are enrolled in fully online classes only. If you enroll in both online classes and in-person classes that meet on Central Piedmont campuses, you are required to pay the CAPS fee.
    • You are a Central Piedmont student enrolled in classes that meet at area high schools or other locations not owned and operated by Central Piedmont. (You will not be issued a parking decal.)
    • You are a Central Piedmont student enrolled in classes that have no tuition costs (e.g., Adult High School, English as a Second Language, compensatory education students).
    • You are a senior citizen.

    If you enroll in for-college-credit courses but drop all your courses prior to the first day of the academic semester, your CAPS fee will be refunded.

  • Student Insurance Fee: Accident Insurance Plan

    Student Accident Insurance is available to students enrolled in specific, high risk classes and is required for specific classes. Accident insurance is currently $1.60.

  • Lab Fees

    Some courses require lab fees, used to provide supplies and equipment in the respective programs:

    • curriculum lab fees: $27 per lab hour

      • 8 lab hour maximum per term ($216 maximum)
    • occupational extension lab fees: $27 per lab
      • 8 lab hour maximum per term ($216 maximum)

    The term "Lab Hours" include both lab and clinical hours. Appropriate lab fee amounts will be refunded if the class is cancelled by the college or if the lab fee class is dropped during the period of full tuition refund.

  • Inclusive Access Fees

    If you are enrolled in the following courses, you will need to pay the applicable Inclusive Access fee:

    Course Inclusive Access Fee (Includes Tax)
    ACA 122 (Academic Related Course) $29.49
    ART 111 (Art) $75.02
    BUS 110 (Business) $107.25
    ECO 251 and ECO 252 (Economics) $124.18
    FRE 111, FRE 112, and FRE 211 (French) $92.50 (effective fall 2020)
    GER 111 and GER 112 (German) $67.03 (effective fall 2020)
    HIS 111 and HIS 112 (History) $46.32 (effective fall 2020)
    HIS 131 and HIS 132 (History) $31.51 (effective fall 2020)
    MUS 110 (Music) $83.92
    POL 120 (Political Science) $77.22 (effective fall 2020)
    SPA 111, SPA 112, and SPA 211 (Spanish) $92.50 (effective fall 2020)
  • Graduation Fee (One-Time)

    $20 (paid one time when you complete your for-college-credit degree)

  • Applied Music Fee

    $200

  • GED® Testing Fee

    GED® Test fee: $20 per section (total of $80)

  • Forensics Fee

    $50 per course

Payment Dates

Your registration is not final until you have paid your balance due. Payment dates vary by term. If you register for a 12-week, short (eight-week), or mini (four-week) session after the full semester starts, you must pay your balance due by the Monday after you register. You can still register and pay for classes online during times when the college is closed. Log in to MyCollege for specific information about tuition payment deadlines.

  • Summer 2020

    Register Between

    Payment is Due

    June 2–8, 2020 

    Monday, June 8, 2020

    June 9–15, 2020

    Monday, June 15, 2020

    June 16–22, 2020

    Monday, June 22, 2020

    June 22-26, 2020

    Monday, July 6, 2020

    Registration and payments will be unavailable beginning 6 p.m. on June 26, 2020 through 7 a.m. on July 1, 2020 due to fiscal year-end processes.

    If you register after the beginning of the term, payment is due on Monday. If you register on a Monday, payment is due the same day. This includes all 12-week, 8-week (short), and 4-week (mini) session courses.

    Please check the payment due dates for each term, as the schedule can be affected by holidays and pay-as-you-go periods before the start of each term when payment is due on the same day as registration.

  • Fall 2020

    Register Between

    Payment is Due

    April 17–July 20, 2020

    Monday, July 20, 2020

    July 21–27, 2020

    Monday, July 27, 2020

    July 28–Aug. 3, 2020

    Monday, Aug. 3, 2020

    Aug. 4–11, 2020

    pay-as-you-go (payment due same day you register)

    Aug. 12–17, 2020

    Monday, Aug. 17, 2020

    Aug. 18–31, 2020

    Monday, Aug. 31, 2020

    Sept. 1–8, 2020

    Monday, Sept. 8, 2020

    If you register after the beginning of the term, payment is due on Monday. If you register on a Monday, payment is due the same day. This includes all 12-week, 8-week (short), and 4-week (mini) session courses.

    Please check the payment due dates for each term, as the schedule can be affected by holidays and pay-as-you-go periods before the start of each term when payment is due on the same day as registration.

  • Spring 2020

    Register Between

    Payment is Due

    Nov. 1–18, 2019

    Nov.18, 2019

    Nov. 19–Dec. 2, 2019

    Dec. 2, 2019

    Dec. 3–16, 2019

    Dec. 16, 2019

    Dec. 17, 2019–Jan. 2, 2020

    Jan. 2, 2020

    Jan. 3–13, 2020

    pay-as-you-go (payment due same day you register)

    If you register after the beginning of the term, payment is due on Monday. If you register on a Monday, payment is due the same day. This includes all 12-week, 8-week (short), and 4-week (mini) session courses.

    Please check the payment due dates for each term, as the schedule can be affected by holidays and pay-as-you-go periods before the start of each term when payment is due on the same day as registration.

  • Corporate and Continuing Education

    Payment for Corporate and Continuing Education courses is due at the time you register.

  • Policies

    • Statements are only issued for pre-fall registration.
    • You must pay any outstanding balances before you register or withdraw for any term.
    • No college transcripts or diplomas will be released until you have paid your balance in full.
    • If you are receiving sponsorship, sponsor letters are generally due 48 hours before the payment due date, depending on the date you register. In pay-as-you-go, sponsor letters are due at the time you register.

Making Payments

You can still register and pay for classes online during times when the college is closed.

  • Payment Methods and Locations

    Accepted Payment Methods

    • cash
    • check (please write student ID number in the memo)
    • money order (please write student ID number on money order)
    • credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover)

    Payment Locations

    • online: go to MyCollege and choose "Make a Payment" under the "Financial Information" menu
    • in-person: visit any Central Piedmont Cashiering Office during normal operating hours
    • Corporate and Continuing Education payments can be made by phone by contacting Corporate and Continuing Education customer service at 704.330.4223.

    The Cashiering Office has gone paperless — receipts are emailed to your college email account and are also accessible through MyCollege.

  • Payment Assistance

  • Returned Payments

    All returned checks, charge cards, and/or debit cards are subject to an insufficient fund fee of $25. This fee, along with the original payment amount, is due within five business days after official notification from the college. These amounts are payable only by cash or money order at the cashiering office. A hold will be placed on all student records until acceptable payment has been received.

  • Collection Accounts

    We will send you a weekly notification to your student email regarding your balance due until your balance is paid. If you have not paid your balance due after 60 days, we will send you a warning that your unpaid balance will be sent to the Department of Revenue and to a collection agency; we will also place a hold on your student account that will prevent you from registering for classes or receiving a transcript.

    If your outstanding balance is sent to collections, you will need to pay your balance due to the collection agency before you will be able to register for classes at Central Piedmont again or order a Central Piedmont transcript. To pay your balance due with the collections agency:

    1. Access the collection agency website.
    2. Answer the questions asked to confirm your identity (e.g., your state of residence, social security number, or account number).

    You will then be given payment options or be able to confirm your amount due.