Receiving and Using Your Financial Aid
The financial aid package should be completed before course registration or tuition and fees will need to be paid for before the designated due dates. If tuition and fees are not paid within designated due dates, registration is cancelled.
While enrolled at Central Piedmont, use MyCollege to view an interactive checklist to help you navigate the financial aid process.
The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to adjust a financial aid package when an over-award is made. You are required to notify the Financial Aid Office if you receive any additional funding assistance for educational expenses, such as scholarships. Furthermore, the Financial Aid Office voids any award if it is determined that the student provided incorrect or false information on the financial aid application. All financial aid awards are subject to change if the information on which they were based changes, if federal regulations require a change, or an over-award occurs.
Central Piedmont Community College's Financial Aid Office adjusts student awards throughout the drop/add period. After the drop/add period, no awards are adjusted unless a "never attended" or a "complete withdrawal" is received from the instructor before the start date.
The award letter is based on full-time enrollment for an entire year. Any changes in enrollment status must be reported to the Financial Aid Office.
- Full-time status (100%) means enrollment for a minimum of 12 credit hours.
- Three-quarter time status (75%) means enrollment for 9 to 11 credit hours.
- Half-time status (50%) means enrollment for 6 to 8 credit hours.
- Less than half-time status consists of enrollment in 1 to 5 credit hours.
To determine eligibility criteria for all awards and important financial aid information, review the Award Information Packet (PDF).
Award Information - The Award Letter
The financial aid award that is offered by Central Piedmont is the total financial aid offer. You may choose to accept all the financial aid offered or you may choose to accept only certain individual financial aid components, such as the alternative loans, Federal work-study, or grants. If one component is declined no additional aid will be offered to make up for that declined aid. If the student receives resources at any time during the award year that was not considered in calculating the student's eligibility for aid, and these resources combined with the expected financial aid will exceed the student's need, the amount in excess of the student's need is considered an over award. Therefore, you must notify Central Piedmont of any additional assistance that you receive such as outside scholarships, employer reimbursements, etc.
For Financial Aid purposes, if all your documents show “Received” or “Waived” for the current school year, your file is complete and our staff is working on awarding your financial aid. Once a file is complete, you will receive an email and you can view your financial aid award letter on your MyCollege.