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Earn a For-Credit Degree, Transfer, or Take Classes as a Visiting Student

Current high school students seeking to earn college credit while still in high school, please review the enrollment steps for Career and College Promise (Dual Enrollment and Middle Colleges). International students, please review the steps for international students.

  • Degree, Transfer, or Visiting Student Enrollment Steps

    Please note that some programs, such as many healthcare programs, require additional steps for acceptance. Restrictions apply to minor students still in high school. Those eligible for veteran or military benefits should review the Veterans' Affairs Education benefits for additional steps to complete during enrollment.

    1. Check or Establish Residency

    The amount of your tuition is based on whether your residency is marked in-state or out-of-state. If you have never applied to Central Piedmont, please complete the residency determination and then the Central Piedmont application. If you have previously applied, you do not need to apply again. If you already have a Residency Certification Number (RCN), please submit your RCN to admissions by completing the RCN Submission Form in the students menu in MyCollege. If you already have a Central Piedmont login, you can check your residency status by logging into MyCollege and clicking on tuition residency status.

    2. Apply for Admission

    If you have applied to Central Piedmont before but don’t know your student ID number or username, or if you are not sure if you are in our system, please call or email us before completing the application. If you do not receive an email with your student ID number within one business day, please contact admissions or email fye@cpcc.edu. If you have never applied to Central Piedmont, please complete the residency determination and then the application. If you have previously applied, you do not need to apply again.

    3. Create Central Piedmont Login

    You will be able to access various Central Piedmont systems approximately two hours after creating your Central Piedmont login ID. If you don’t know your Central Piedmont student ID number, please call us.

    4. Apply for Financial Aid

    Financial aid includes Pell grants, other grants, and scholarships — you might be eligible for more than you think. Central Piedmont does not offer direct student loans.

    The 2018-19 FAFSA covers the academic year through summer 2019. It includes the IRS data retrieval tool which can bring your tax information into the FAFSA. This could save you time if you are selected for verification. The 2019-2020 FAFSA covers students from fall 2019 through summer 2020, and you can do that FAFSA now as well.

    5. Submit Official Transcripts

    Submit all official high school, college, and/or military transcripts to Student Records. International college transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved agency, then submitted to Student Records.

    6. Take or Waive Central Piedmont Placement Tests

    7. Review your next steps after enrolling, such as attending orientation and registering for classes.

  • Veterans

    Those eligible for veteran or military benefits should visit the Veterans' Affairs and Education Benefits site for information on important additional steps you will need to complete during the enrollment process.

  • High School Seniors: Enroll at Central Piedmont Early through College Connection

    Once you have established your residency, submitted your Central Piedmont admissions application, and taken placement tests, contact your college recruiter for more information.

  • Students Completing Fully-Online Programs

    Once you've completed the above steps to enroll:

    • if you plan to pursue a fully-online, for-college-credit program, complete the pre-advising form to get started with academic advising, taking care to respond to each question carefully to avoid issues (Corporate and Continuing Education and visiting students do not complete the pre-advising form)
    • after completing the pre-advising form, check your Central Piedmont (not your personal) email
    • please allow 48 business hours for an advising email
      • if you do not receive an advising email within 48 business hours, please complete the iCAN support form
  • Undocumented Students

    An undocumented student who attends a North Carolina high school can enroll in college courses through the Career and College Promise program and can participate in several College and Career Readiness programs (such as ESL, Adult High School). Undocumented students need to be 18 or graduate from a U.S. public, private, or home school to take curriculum classes at Central Piedmont (a GED will not suffice), and need to graduate from a U.S. public, private, or home school to become eligible to receive a degree from Central Piedmont. Undocumented students are not eligible to receive professional licenses which are associated with some of Central Piedmont's academic programs.

    Undocumented students will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate unless they are sponsored by a North Carolina business, in which case they will be charged the in-state rate. For information on employer sponsorships, contact Central Piedmont's Sponsored Programs Office.

    Undocumented students are not able to register for classes until the last day of the registration period (before drop/add).

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

    DACA students must have a Form I-797 notice of Action and an EAD card with Category C33 designation showing they have been granted deferred action. They are not eligible for the in-state tuition rate, but they can be sponsored by NC employers only who can pay the in-state rate on their behalf; also “Individuals with DACA classification are not eligible to obtain the in-state tuition rate under the public school graduate exception or nonprofit sponsorship exception.” DACA students should be treated like others who are lawfully present in U.S., but will not be eligible to receive professional licenses which are associated with some of Central Piedmont's academic programs.

    DACA students will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate unless they are sponsored by a North Carolina business, in which case they will be charged the in-state rate. For information on employer sponsorships, contact Central Piedmont's Sponsored Programs Office.

  • Priority Application Deadlines for Students Seeking to Earn a Degree, Transfer, or Take Classes as a Visiting Student (U.S. Citizens)

    Term Priority Application and
    Transcript Deadline
    Open Registration
    Begins
    Term Start Date
    Spring October 1st November 11th

    January 13th

    Summer 
    Pre-Fall 
    April 1st

    May 5th

    May 21th

    (summer)

    Fall  June 1st July 7th August 18th

    Students who submit all required paperwork by the priority application deadline can expect to be admitted to the college and to receive adequate time to plan, select, and register for classes. Students who submit paperwork after the priority application deadline should have college issued transcripts available for advising. The college will continue to process paperwork after the priority application deadline. However, to increase the likelihood of completing the enrollment process, the college highly encourages students to submit all paperwork by the priority application deadline.

International Students

Thank you for your interest in attending Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, as an F-1 student. If you wish to enroll at Central Piedmont to earn a degree, please complete the following steps.

  • International Student Enrollment Steps

    For more information, contact International Programs and Services.

    1. Complete International Student Application

    Your application must include ALL of the following required application documents. Once your application is processed, International Programs and Services will mail your I-20 and other documents to you by U.S. mail. Please allow 10 days for delivery.

    Required application documents:

    • international student application (PDF) (print and sign before submitting)
    • $40 non-refundable processing fee in certified check or U.S. money order made payable to Central Piedmont
    • evidence of financial support for at least 16,850* U.S. dollars
      • add $5,000 for each dependent
      • bank statements can be no older than two months from date of application
      • retain original statements to bring to the visa interview
    • evidence of English competency:
      • a TOEFL score is not required to apply to Central Piedmont, but before entering a full-time academic (college) program you are required to have a total score of at least:

        • 65 with no single score below 16 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT TOEFL)
        • 6.0 with no single score below 5.5 on the Academic International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)
      • Central Piedmont no longer accepts paper-based or computer-based TOEFL
      • if you have completed college-level English at a U.S. college or university with a grade of C or higher, you may submit an official transcript in place of TOEFL or IELTS scores
      • if you do not meet the minimum score on the TOEFL or the IELTS, you will be allowed to take the Central Piedmont placement tests (LINK)
    • copy of official high school diploma and transcript and English translation of official high school diploma and transcript
      • if you wish to study English as a Foreign Language (EFL) only, you do not need to submit a high school diploma unless you are younger than 18
      • upon arrival to Central Piedmont, you will need to bring your original documents to the records department
      • if you are transferring from another U.S. institution, you must include a copy of your transcript from that institution, even if only EFL classes were taken
      • applicants under the age of 18 must have original proof of high school graduation
    • copy of biographical page of passport (for applicant and all dependents)
      • include copies of most recent entry stand and/or visa if applicable

    Send all your application documents to:

    International Student Admissions
    Central Piedmont
    P.O. Box 35009
    Charlotte, NC 28235-5009
    USA

    *16,850 includes $8,000 for tuition, $350 for medical insurance (medical insurances is not provided by the college - all students are responsible for selecting and purchasing insurance coverage while at Central Piedmont), and $8,500 for living expenses and books. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice, but you must show evidence of financial support for the indicated amount.

    2. Have a Visa Interview in Your Home Country

    3. Submit Official Transcripts

    Submit all official high school, college, and/or military transcripts to Student Records. International college transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved agency, then submitted to Student Records. Your transcript will also be evaluated to determine if you are able to transfer any credit to Central Piedmont.

    4. Travel to the U.S. and Check in with International Programs and Services

    You must arrive in the U.S. by no later than the date indicated on the I-20 you receive from Central Piedmont. Upon your arrival, come to International Programs and Services so we can make copies of your student visa and stamped I-20. We will review immigration regulations with you at your check-in and provide appropriate testing permissions.

  • International Student Application Deadlines

    Summer 2019 (May 20, 2019 - July 16, 2019):

    • application deadline if applying from outside the United States: March 10, 2019
    • I-20 date (latest date you may arrive in the U.S.): April 20, 2019
    • application deadline if transferring from a U.S. institution: May 3, 2019
    • latest date for transfer students to report to Central Piedmont: May 2, 2019

    Fall 2019 (August 14, 2019 - December 9, 2019):

    • application deadline if applying from outside the United States: June 3, 2019
    • I-20 date (latest date you may arrive in the U.S.): July 15, 2019
    • application deadline if transferring from a U.S. institution: July 28, 2019
    • latest date for transfer students to report to Central Piedmont: July 15, 2019

Corporate and Continuing Education

For students seeking to take non-credit, non-degree programs and courses.

College and Career Readiness

The College and Career Readiness Intake and Advising Centers help new students enroll in GED and HiSET classes, Adult High School, English as a Second Language (ESL), and our exciting College and Work-Focused programs. All new College and Career Readiness students, or former students who have not attended class in 90 days, must attend a testing session prior to starting class. It is a quick and easy process, so just select the location you would like to attend and get started! Classes are offered at four campus locations and several community sites. Please note that the length of the orientation process varies from one to three days, depending on the campus.