Short Semesters Lead to Long-Term Success

There’s still time to add classes for fall! Whether you prefer to take classes online, completely in-person, or a mixture of both, short session classes allow you to learn more in less time. Fast and effective short session courses are offered in a condensed schedule during the semester to better meet your needs.
You can quickly gain a new skill, earn credits for high-demand classes, and move onto the next step in your educational journey.
Advisors are available to create a roadmap of the classes you need to complete your degree or certificate in order to transfer or enter the workforce. Meet with an advisor today to get started.
  • 12-week short session and classes begin September 14.
  • 8-week short session classes begin October 14.
Need financial aid or scholarships?
You could be eligible to receive grants or emergency funding to help pay for classes. Let us review your FAFSA to determine if you qualify. Visit to learn more.
Ready to register?
Log into MyCollege and click on “Student Planning,” then “Plan Your Degree and Register for Classes” to create your class schedule and register.

Virtual Q & A Sessions With Central Piedmont

Have questions about how to enroll at Central Piedmont? How to register for courses? Want to know more about student life opportunities?

Get answers to these questions and more or get connected to the service you need — join us for a virtual Central Piedmont drop-in question and answer session.


Each session will be available for 30 minutes. There is no sign up or registration — on the day and time of the session you want to join, simply click the link for that session. Learn more about the available drop-in sessions scheduled throughout the week.  (We will continue to add information for upcoming sessions).

Central Piedmont staff will be available to answer your questions and guide you to helpful resources.

Purchasing Textbooks with Financial Aid

With classes moved online, Central Piedmont Barnes & Noble bookstores has new virtual processes to support you. If you’ve been awarded financial aid for fall semester, you may be eligible to cover the cost of your textbooks with remaining funds.

Charge eligible book and supply purchases to your student account today! Orders purchased with financial aid will be shipped via UPS and charged to your student account beginning August 1. But don’t wait – its best to place your order early for faster delivery.

In order to purchase books using financial aid, students must be awarded in MyCollege and have all requested documents submitted. To confirm you’ve been awarded, please follow these steps:

  1. Log into MyCollege.
  2. Select ‘Financial Aid’ on the right side of the page.
  3. Click the dropdown titled ‘Select an Award Year.’
  4. Make sure the term says ‘2020/2021 Academic Year.’
  5. Click on “Go to Account Summary” to view current aid status.

If you do not have a financial aid award letter, please follow these steps in MyCollege:

  1. Check your Self-Service Checklist for missing or incomplete documents.
  2. Review the “Action Needed” section and complete any required actions.
  3. Please note: When documents are received by the Financial Aid department, the checklist items will show “Completed” status.

Due to COVID-19, Barnes & Noble may experience delivery delays from publishers which could impact delivery timeframes for certain orders. The bookstore will notify you directly if any textbooks are on backorder. You can also log into B&N accounts to view order status for deliveries.

We encourage you to buy your books now in order to receive them as early as possible!

CARES Act Relief Grants for Students

Over the next year, Central Piedmont will receive more than $10 million from the U.S. Department of Education through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding is intended to support students and institutional expenses related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over $5 million will be disbursed directly to eligible students for qualifying expenses related to the disruption of campus operations, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care. Due to federal regulations, Central Piedmont will only be able to provide grants to students who are eligible for federal financial aid (Title IV aid) and who meet additional eligibility requirements.

Central Piedmont is working hard to contact all eligible students by email. If you are eligible, you will receive an email from the Central Piedmont Financial Aid Office with additional instructions for how to apply. The email will be sent to your official Central Piedmont student email account. Be sure to check your college email ( and remind your friends) to ensure you don’t miss this opportunity for financial assistance.

Please visit the Central Piedmont CARES Act website for the most up-to-date information regarding eligibility, disbursement, and general CARES Act related information. 

Not eligible? We are still here to support you! Visit the Central Piedmont Cares page for information regarding other available resources, including other emergency financial assistance. If you need additional help, fill out the Central Piedmont Cares student form.

FAFSA Deadline Approaching – Don’t Wait!

To keep you moving forward with your educational goals at Central Piedmont, our Financial Aid office is available remotely to assist you with the completion of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

If you don’t fill out the FAFSA, you risk losing out on money that you might be eligible for – so don’t wait! The deadline is June 30, 2020.

If you apply for Central Piedmont and external scholarships, you will need to have completed the FAFSA which is the primary form used by federal, state, and financial assistance programs to determine your eligibility for grants, work-study, and scholarships.

If you haven’t done so already, complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA today and contact Financial Aid at (704) 330-6942 or visit us online, if you need help.

It’s Not Too Late – Complete your FAFSA Today

Get ready to complete your 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

  • The FAFSA for 2020-21 is available now.
  • The FAFSA for 2020-2021 will collect income information from the 2018 tax year.
  • It’s not too late to complete the FAFSA for the 2019-2020 school year. The FAFSA for 2019-2020 uses information from the 2017 tax year.

Join us as we kick off FAFSA Tuesday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s by hosting a FAFSA Workshop on all three days. FAFSA Workshops will continue through the month of June. Have a financial aid expert guide you through the process.

It is important to complete your FAFSA early as some funding is limited. Complete your FAFSA today.

Workshop Dates:

  • Friday – May 15                 10 am – 12:00 noon
  • Saturday- May 16              8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 19               10:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Friday, May 22                   7:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Saturday, May 23              3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 26               10:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Friday, May 29                   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 30              10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Join us online via WebEx Meetings. Please download the app onto your smartphone from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. The login instructions will be emailed to you once you have scheduled your appointment. Sign up for an appointment today.

Before coming to the FAFSA workshops, students and parents will need to obtain an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA electronically.

  1. Go to
  2. Create your FSA ID (username and password).
  3. Provide personal information (make sure your social security number, date of birth and name match what’s on your government-issued social security card).
  4. Provide profile Information (confirm information you entered and provide additional information). Make sure your information is correct. Errors could result in a delay or problem receiving aid.
  5. Select/create challenge questions and answers.
  6. Review info and agree to terms.
  7. Verify your email address.

Here’s what to bring to your FAFSA Workshop:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your 2018 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to electronically transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • An FSA ID to sign electronically.

If you are a dependent student, your parent will also need to complete a portion of the FAFSA with the above information.

Additional Resources:

Summer Payment Deadline Extended to May 11

The payment deadline for summer 2020 course registration has been extended through Monday May 11th. If you would like to apply for financial aid, you can still submit a FAFSA to see if you qualify. Over the next couple days a Central Piedmont representative will contact you to discuss your needs and assistance options.

It’s not too late.  If you have not  completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), now is the time to do so

If you need help or would like to talk to a financial aid representative, pleases telephone (704) 330-6942 or contact your financial aid representative listed on your MyCollege account.

How Do The COVID-19 Grading Options Impact My Financial Aid?

Central Piedmont’s Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping our students during these difficult times.

  1. Recently you received information regarding the COVID-19 Incomplete Emergency (IE) and Withdrawal Emergency (WE) grades. Receiving a grade of IE or WE will not negatively impact your financial aid status.
  2. If you or your family has experienced a recent hardship that is not reflected on your current FAFSA form, such as loss of income, you may request a re-evaluation of your financial aid eligibility for the summer 2020 or fall 2020 semesters. To begin the appeal process, select the school year you would like to be reevaluated and complete the Professional Judgment Appeal Form at

It’s not too late.  If you have not  completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), now is the time to do so

If you need help or would like to talk to a financial aid representative, pleases telephone (704) 330-6942 or contact your financial aid representative listed on your MyCollege account.

It’s Not Too Late – Apply for FAFSA This Summer

Did you know?  You can still apply for the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to attend summer courses.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application that you must complete to determine your eligibility for federal, state, or institutional student aid, such as Pell grants and work-study opportunities. Complete the FAFSA even if you are not sure that you are eligible for aid. You could be eligible for more than you expect.

It is tough to predict exactly how much money your family will receive, but complete the FAFSA even if you are not sure your will get financial aid. If you wish to apply for Central Piedmont scholarships and many other scholarships, you will need to have completed the FAFSA. Additionally, if your family’s financial situation changes while you are in school, it will be easier to determine if you qualify for any resources if you have completed the FAFSA.

If you haven’t done so already, complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA at If you need help, contact a Financial Aid Representative at (704) 330-6942 or visit us online.

Student Employee of the Year: Michael Padgett

Each year, during the second week in April, colleges and universities across the country recognize the importance of the student work experience during National Student Employment Week. Student employment offers students career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills relevant to any career, and better preparation for the job market upon graduation.

At Central Piedmont our student employees perform invaluable services with enthusiasm, dedication, and initiative. Indeed, many departments depend on the contributions of this reliable workforce for their daily operations.

Congratulations to Michael Padgett on representing Central Piedmont as Student Employee of the Year for 2020.  Michael works in the Military Families and Veteran Services Department at the Levine Campus. His passion to help students succeed and strong work ethic led him to be selected for this award. Michael is a wonderful teammate to his co-workers and goes above and beyond for everyone. His dedication to helping others only comes second to the dedication he has to being there for his family.

On behalf of the Financial Aid Office and the Federal Work-Study Program, thank you to all our student employees for their hard work and contribution to Central Piedmont.

Mark Your Calendars for these Important Scholarship Deadlines

Need-based and merit-based scholarships are awarded for a host of reasons – choice of major, community involvement, special interests, creative talents – and that’s just to name a few. Regardless of your economic situation, take every opportunity to lessen the financial burden of college.

Central Piedmont has over 250 scholarship opportunities available each year. Students can access a number of these opportunities by completing the General Scholarship Application on Academic Works for fall, spring and summer semesters.

Here are some important deadlines to keep in mind:

  • Summer 2020 application deadline – April 30, 2020
  • Fall 2020 & spring 2021 priority application deadline – May 15, 2020
  • Fall 2020 & spring 2021 regular application deadline – July 30, 2020
  • Spring 2020 only application deadline – November 30, 2020

*Students who complete the application will automatically be considered for all auto-match scholarship opportunities. Certain opportunities may require supplemental information (i.e. transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation, etc.).

“Let’s Talk About Financial Aid” Workshops Now Available to Students

Did you know the month of February is also Financial Aid Awareness Month?

There are plenty of overlooked financing options you can use to reduce the costs of your education. Attend a “Let’s Talk About Financial Aid” workshop on your campus to learn more.

There are several sessions available throughout February. Click here for details on available sessions near you!

5 Unexpected Ways to Save on College Costs

At first glance, college can appear to be an unaffordable venture. The average cost of a four-year school in the Charlotte area is more than $22,000 for the first year alone (based on colleges accredited by SACS-COC).

While scholarships and financial aid are usually the first options that come to mind to help pay for college, there are a variety of options to help students attend college without fear of not being able to afford it.

Learn more about the 5 unexpected ways students can save thousands on their education.

Complete the FAFSA by April 1

The Office of Financial Aid makes every effort to help you and your family secure the funding you need to become a part of our Central Piedmont family. To be considered for the most aid, we strongly encourage our students and parents to complete the FAFSA and all requirements by April 1 of each year.  We have started processing financial aid for the 2019-20 academic year. Check your Financial Aid Self-Service.  If you need additional documentation, bring in your documentation now. The earlier you submit your documentation, the earlier you can be awarded.


Interested in Financial Aid? The 2019-2020 FAFSA is Now Available!

The 2019-20 FAFSA® now available! Interested in financial aid for Fall 2019 through Summer 2020? Complete the 2019-20 FAFSA® as soon as possible to ensure maximum opportunity to access the best financial aid.

Need assistance completing your FAFSA application? We’re here to help! Come to FAFSA on Fridays, from 9 a.m. to noon, or see a Financial Aid representative for assistance. Bring your parent(s) and tax transcripts and sit down with a Financial Aid staff member to discuss your questions and complete your application. For the 2018-19 year, the tax filing year in question and income information should be from 2016. For the 2019-20 year, the tax filing year in question and income information should be from 2017.

Do not hesitate to call us at 704.330.6942 with any questions you may have.