Return to School

Depending on the availability of funding, all employees have the opportunity to further their education to enhance their professional development. The Professional Development Advisory Committee* prioritizes proposals for funds allocation using the Guidelines for Allocation of Funds listed below. View form.

Guidelines for Allocation of Return-to-School Funds

  • Funding is available to all full-time CPCC employees (excluding the president, vice presidents, and associate vice presidents) employed for at least one full year.
  • First time applicants will receive priority.
  • Individuals requiring training to maintain certification or recertification will receive priority.
  • Individuals may be fully or partially funded based on available funds and up to the maximum allowance of $700 per term.
  • Upon reaching the maximum allowance ($2,100), the applicant must wait one full fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the maximum was reached before reapplying.
  • Only educational activities related to your current position at CPCC or to the mission of the College will be considered for reimbursement.
  • Return-to-School funds shall not be used to reimburse Financial Aid which does not require repayment (i.e., scholarships, grants, tuition waivers, etc.).
  • Individuals enrolled in academic degree programs must receive:
    • Grades of A-C for Bachelors of Arts or Science
    • Grades of A-B for Masters and Doctoral


A new application must be submitted each term.

Application deadlines:

  • Spring Term (Jan 1-May 14)--Due by January 30
  • Summer Term (May 15-Aug 14)--Due by May 30
  • Fall Term (Aug 15-Dec 15)--Due by August 30


* The Professional Development Advisory Committee is composed of faculty and staff members of Central Piedmont Community College. This committee meets on a monthly basis to decide on the allocations for funding professional development and educational activities for employees of the college.