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. Learn more about Central Piedmont Community College tuition and fees.

College leadership has carefully evaluated all fees associated with attending Central Piedmont. Even though many of our students are taking online courses, student fees are still needed to provide increased online instruction, remote student support, other technological needs, and security and infrastructure support at all our locations. For more information and for financial support resources, visit our coronavirus page.

Continue reading for tuition and fee rates, payment dates, payment methods, and information for non-credit Corporate and Continuing Education courses.


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.

Total Estimated Tuition and Fees (One Semester)

View estimated Central Piedmont Community College tuition and fees for one semester (PDF)

Cost estimates are intended as a resource. Your actual total costs may vary based on your actual enrollment, program, and individual need. Some programs, such as healthcare and hospitality programs, require additional expenses throughout the course of or upon completion of the program, such as uniforms, clinicals, licensure, and certification exams. Program pages will tell you if you will have additional expenses.

Tuition Rates: For-College-Credit Courses

The tuition rate you pay for college-credit bearing courses are determined by your state residency. Amounts listed are estimates only. Tuition is controlled by the North Carolina State Legislature and is subject to change without notice. Tuition rates are the same for in-person, hybrid (courses that meet in person and online), and online courses.

Please refer to the fee rates section for additional costs.

Fees: For-College-Credit Courses

All fees are subject to change. The full amount of fees you pay may vary based on the courses you take. If your tuition is waived, you are still required to pay applicable fees. Central Piedmont establishes tuition and fees under guidance of State Board policy 1E SBCCC 200.1. All fees are reviewed and approved by the college Board of Trustees.

  • Rates

    Refer to the applicable fee description section for details.

    Fee Who Pays Amount Per Semester
    Student Activity Publication All students

    $26 (1–8 credit hours)

    $35 (9 or more credit hours)

    Campus Access, Parking, and Security (CAPS) Most students (refer to fee description)

    $73 (1–8 in-person/hybrid credit hours)

    $97 (9 or more in-person/hybrid credit hours)

    Technology All students $48
    Lab Students in certain courses $27 per lab hour (8 lab hour maximum per term, $216 maximum)
    Student Accident Insurance Students in certain courses $1.60
    Applied Music Students in certain courses $200
    ACA 122 Inclusive Access ACA 122 (Academic Related Course) students $29.49
    ART 111 Inclusive Access ART 111 (Art) students $75.02
    BUS 110 Inclusive Access BUS 110 (Business) students $107.25
    ECO 251 and ECO 252 Inclusive Access ECO 251 and ECO 252 (Economics) students $124.18
    FRE 111, FRE 112, FRE 211 Inclusive Access FRE 111, FRE 112, FRE 211 (French) students $92.50 (effective fall 2020)
    GER 111 and GER 112 Inclusive Access GER 111 and GER 112 (German) students $67.03 (effective fall 2020)
    HIS Inclusive Access

    HIS 111 and HIS 112 (History) students

    HIS 131 and HIS 132 (History) students

    $46.32 (fall 2020) $50.34 (spring 2021)

    $31.51 (effective fall 2020)

    MUS 110 Inclusive Access MUS 110 (Music) students $83.92
    POL 120 Inclusive Access POL 120 (Political Science) students $77.22 (effective fall 2020)
    SPA 111, SPA 112, SPA 211, and SPA 212 Inclusive Access

    SPA 111, SPA 112, and SPA 211 (Spanish) students

    SPA 212 will begin spring 2021

    $92.50 (effective fall 2020)

    Forensics Forensic course students $50 per course
    Diploma If you wish to have your diploma mailed to you after graduation (optional) $20 (one-time)
  • Campus Access, Parking, and Security (CAPS) Fee Description

    Revenues collected from CAPS fees are used to pay costs of campus security and parking lot rental and maintenance at all Central Piedmont campuses and centers. 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. You are not required to pay the CAPS fee if you meet any of the following. 

    • 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, or in courses that are blended or hybrid (part in-person, part online), 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 permit.)
    • 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.

    Learn more about the CAPS fee.

  • Lab Fee Description

    Some courses — including online courses — require lab fees, used to provide supplies and equipment in the respective programs. The term "Lab Hours" includes both lab and clinical hours.

    Appropriate lab fee amounts will be refunded if the class is cancelled by the college or if you drop all your courses prior to the first day of the semester.

  • Technology Fee Description

    The technology fee covers investments in technology and equipment needed to provide in-person and online courses, such as broadband.

  • Student Insurance (Accident Insurance Plan) Fee Description

    Student Accident Insurance is only required for students enrolled in specific, high risk classes.

  • Diploma Fee Description

    This is an optional, one-time fee. You would only pay this fee if you wish to have your diploma mailed to you after you graduate.

  • Inclusive Access Fee Descriptions

    Inclusive Access are digital course materials that are included as an additional charge for a particular course or program. You will have access to the required materials by the first day of class.

    Learn about Inclusive Access.

  • Testing Fees

    For fee rates for tests, including the GED and TEAS, visit the Testing and Assessment Center site.

Payment Dates: For-College-Credit Courses

Your registration is not final until you have paid your balance due. 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. 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. If you register on a Monday after the full semester starts, your payment is due when you register. You can still register and pay for classes online during times when the college is closed. Log in to MyCollege for more details.

  • Fall 2020

    Register Between

    Payment is Due

    April 17–July 20, 2020

    Mon., July 20, 2020

    July 21–27, 2020

    Mon., July 27, 2020

    July 28–Aug. 3, 2020

    Mon., Aug. 3, 2020

    Aug. 4–11, 2020

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

    Aug. 12–17, 2020

    Mon., Aug. 17, 2020

    Aug. 18–31, 2020

    Mon., Aug. 31, 2020

    Sept. 1–8, 2020

    Mon., Sept. 8, 2020
  • Spring 2021

    Register Between

    Payment is Due

    Oct. 30–Nov. 16, 2020

    Mon., Nov. 16, 2020

    Nov. 17–30, 2020

    Mon., Nov. 30, 2020

    Dec. 1–14, 2020

    Mon., Dec. 14, 2020

    Dec. 15–Jan. 5, 2021

    Tue., Jan. 5, 2021

    Jan. 6–11, 2021

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

    Jan. 12–18, 2021

    Mon., Jan. 18, 2021
  • Policies

    • Statements are only issued to college-issued student email accounts for pre-fall registration.
    • You must pay any outstanding balances before you register or withdraw for any term.
    • The college will not release college transcripts or diplomas until you have paid your balance due in full.
    • Refund policies
    • Registration dates and policies

Corporate and Continuing Education (Non-Credit)

Certain courses also require books and/or additional supplies.

  • Tuition

    Costs vary per course. To find course costs, go to Schedule Builder and search for the course. Corporate and Continuing Education courses are 7000- and 8000-level courses. There is no difference in charges for in-state and out-of-state students.

    Senior citizens (age 65 years or older) are not exempt from paying tuition for continuing education courses.

  • Fees

    Fee Who Pays Amount Per Semester Description
    Campus Access, Parking, and Security (CAPS) Most students

    $12 per in-person/hybrid course

    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.
    Technology (Occupational Extension) All students $5 per course  
    Lab (Occupational Extension) Students in certain courses $27 per lab (8 lab hour maximum per term, $216 maximum) Some courses require lab fees, used to provide supplies and equipment in the respective programs. The term "Lab Hours" includes 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.
    Student Accident Insurance Students in certain courses $1.60  
  • Payment Deadline

    Payment for Corporate and Continuing Education courses is due when you register. Pay by phone by contacting Corporate and Continuing Education customer service at 704.330.4223.

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 (write student ID number in the memo)
    • Money order (include student ID number)
    • 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 Business Office during normal operating hours (temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19).
    • Mail check payments to the Central Piedmont Business Office: mailing address
  • 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.