Single Stop

Are life circumstances making it hard for you to focus on your education? Single Stop can help.

Central Piedmont partners with Single Stop, a non-profit organization, to create a one-stop shop that can connect you with a variety of resources you may need to stay focused on your academic goals. Single Stop uses specially-designed software that, through a series of questions, identifies resources you may be eligible for. These resources include:

  • housing resources 
  • legal assistance 
  • food referrals 
  • healthcare resources 
  • free tax preparation and counseling
  • benefits counseling
  • Financial Literacy Programming: Keys to Financial Success
  • referrals for other campus and community resources

All Single Stop services are free for qualifying Central Piedmont students and your family members. Do the Single Stop benefits screener to learn more about what Single Stop can do for you.

Single Stop Benefits Screener

Single Stop is also committed to serving our veterans and their families. If you are a veteran, please call or stop by Single Stop in Central Campus, Central High Building Room 100 to make an appointment.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Single Stop is partnering with the Central Piedmont accounting and finance program to offer free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) on Central Campus January 29 through April 12, 2024. If your household income in 2023 was $80,000 or less, you could qualify to take advantage of this free tax preparation resource. Contact Single Stop if you have any questions.

Check available VITA tax prep hours, location, and schedule your appointment

Single Stop Services

  • Affordable Healthcare Act

    Do you need to enroll or have questions regarding the Affordable Health Care Act or your insurance options? Let Single Stop and Health Insurance Navigators from the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy help you!

    Contact Single Stop to make an appointment. You can also learn more by using the get covered connector.

  • Benefits Screening

    Did you know that Single Stop offers free benefits screenings for students? Benefits screenings are a quick and easy way to see if you and/or your family is eligible to receive services such as:

    • food stamps
    • medicaid and medicare
    • housing assistance
    • and much more!

    Once you are aware of benefits that you may qualify for, a Single Stop staff member will assist you through the entire process, which includes helping you to complete any necessary paperwork  or applications. Your Single Stop Coordinator will follow up with you to ensure you were able to complete all of the requirements and if benefits were awarded. Please stop by the Single Stop office on Central Campus in the Central High Building, Room 100 for your free benefits screening today!

    If you can't make it to the Single Stop office, you can now do the benefits screening at home or from any computer with internet access. To complete a Single Stop screening from your computer, please follow these steps:

    1. Log in to MyCollege.
    2. Under Student Services, click on Single Stop Screener.
    3. The screener will appear and you can get started.

    After you complete your screening, a Single Stop Coordinator will call you to further discuss how we can assist you.

  • Legal Services

    In partnership with the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, Single Stop is now offering free legal advice and legal representation (determined on a case by case basis). The Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy can assist students with the following:

    • Affordable Care Act disputes, appeals, and tax issues
    • consumer protection matters
    • eligibility for public benefits
    • expungement
    • healthcare access issues through public programs
    • immigration issues
    • tax disputes
    • veteran benefits

    Legal services will be available virtually and in-person on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please contact Single Stop to schedule an appointment.

  • Food Pantry Referral

    The Single Stop office can provide food assistance through an on-campus food pantry or an off-campus community food pantry through our partnership with Loaves and Fishes.

    Use the following forms to request food assistance 

    7-Day Off-Campus Food Referral Form

    2-Day Off-Campus Food Referral Form

  • Virtual Visits

    Can't get to the Single Stop office? Try a virtual visit!  Virtual visits can take place from any Central Piedmont campus or from any computer with a web camera. Through virtual visits you are able to meet with a Single Stop counselor for the following services: 

    • financial counseling session
    • benefits counseling
    • benefits screenings 
    • legal services

    To schedule a virtual visit, simply email or call the Single Stop office to set up your appointment. Before your scheduled virtual appointment a Single Stop staff member will email you a link. When its time for your virtual appointment, simply click on the link and connect with a Single Stop staff member.

What Single Stop Can Do For You

Single Stop can help you overcome financial or other barriers by connecting you to housing resources, legal assistance, food referrals, healthcare resources, free tax preparation, and more. Single Stop also offers several emergency grants to help you pay for your basic expenses.

Do the Single Stop benefits screener


Central Piedmont understands that you may experience unexpected financial emergencies that could prohibit you from attending classes and completing your degree program. If you find yourself facing an unexpected financial emergency, Single Stop has two types of emergency grants: the Student Emergency Grant and the Finish Line Grant. Be sure to check out these and other grants.

Don't Know Where to Start?

Do the Single Stop benefits screener