2020-2021 FAFSA Now Available

Did you know you have to fill out a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year? The 2020–21 FAFSA is now available. If you do not fill out the FAFSA, you risk losing out on money for which you might be eligible. If you need help completing the FAFSA, please join a financial aid representative at one of our FAFSA workshops on Friday, November 22, at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Harris Campus: HI, Room 2238

Cato Campus: CT I, Room 232

Harper Campus: Harper 350

Merancas Campus: CJ, Room 133

Levine Campus: LV, Room 3110

Central Campus: Central High, Room 113

2020-2021 FAFSA is Now Available

Did you know you have to fill out a new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year? The 2020-2021 FAFSA is now available! If you do not fill out the FAFSA, you risk losing out on money for which you might be eligible.  If you need help completing the FAFSA, please join a financial aid representative at one of the following locations, starting at 9 a.m.:

Oct. 25
Harris Campus
Room H1 2238

Cato Campus
CT 232

Harper Campus
HP 350

Merancas Campus
Criminal Justice Bldg., Room 133

Levine Campus
LV 3110

Central Campus
CH 113

Nov. 22
Harris Campus
H1, Room 2238

Cato Campus
CT 232

Harper Campus
HP 350

Merancas Campus
Criminal Justice Bldg., Room 133

Levine Campus
LV 3110

Central Campus

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.


SECU Providing FAFSA Completion Assistance

If you’re an SECU member who is new to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process or is a returning college student who needs to complete the financial aid form, SECU can help.  The Credit Union will be offering FAFSA completion assistance to its members during normal business hours throughout the month of November.  There is no cost for the assistance.  Credit Union staff in all 265 branch locations will be available to answer questions and help students and their parents complete and electronically file the FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year.  The form is a required document to be considered for all federal and most state financial aid for college, career school, or graduate school.


Don’t Forget to Complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA

Don’t forget to file a FAFSA for the 2018-2019 year. Please complete your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.govCPCC’s school code is 002915. Once you complete it, please allow 3-5 business days for processing. The CPCC Financial Aid Office will email you if you need to turn in any additional documents. Completing your FAFSA now will allow you time to resolve any issues and be awarded before you leave for the semester. If you need help, stop by one of our office locations today to complete your 2018-2019 FAFSA.

FAFSA Quick Fact

In order to fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®), you now need a FSA ID, made up of a username and password that you create.

Although the FAFSA is considered your application, one of your parents will have to provide some information on the FAFSA and sign it, if you are considered a dependent student.  Any parent, who wants to electronically sign the FAFSA, will need his or her own FSA ID.

To avoid problems with your financial aid down the road, you (and your parent, if that applies) should create your own FSA ID.  Do not let anyone create it for you.

Please visit the following site to create your FSA ID: https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm

Complete Your FAFSA Now for the Upcoming Academic Year!

On October 1, 2017, students can begin completing the FAFSA for the 2018-2019 academic year! Do not wait, go online today and complete your 2018-2019 FAFSA. When completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA, Do the FAFSA the Earlier the Betteryou will need your 2016 Federal Tax Returns.

Why should you complete your FAFSA early?

-By completing your FAFSA early, this increases the chances that the student will be able to receive the best possible award package.

-This also provides the student more time to turn in documentation to the school, if additional documents are needed.

If you need assistance with your FAFSA, please stop by any of your Financial Aid Office locations and someone will be able to assist you.

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool Is Unavailable

A FAFSA Alert from Financial Aid and Veteran’s Affairs

ED Update: IRS-DRT to be Down For Several Months More

The Department of Education  (ED) shared that the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) will be out of service for several months, advising that “students and families should plan for the tool to be offline until the start of the next FAFSA season,” which starts in October. The tool, which was disabled in early March, was taken down by the IRS due to security concerns. According to ED, the IRS is “working to identify the number of taxpayers affected by questionable use of the Data Retrieval Tool.” While the DRT remains unavailable, students and families can continue to file the 2017-18 FAFSA using information from previously filed 2015 tax returns. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) released a statement yesterday afternoon urging ED to take immediate steps to mitigate the negative effects for students.

Attend Dollars and Bills! July 7-9: Finish Your FAFSA Now So You ­Don’t Lose Your Classes!

Dollars and Bills

Finish your FAFSA now ­don’t lose your classes!

July 7-9, 2015

Health Careers Building (Central Campus) – 4th floor

Sponsored by CPCC Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs


  • Finish the FAFSA. Let us answer your questions about the FAFSA.
  • Turn in required paperwork. Submit all documents to secure your financial aid award before bills are due.
  • Secure your classes. Your fall classes will be dropped on your designated date if your financial aid is not awarded or tuition bills are not paid.
  • Learn about Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. Receive information on available aid for veterans.



Be Aware of Financial Aid Phone Scam

It’s been brought to our attention that there is a current phone scam involving callers contacting CPCC students, pretending to be from our Financial Aid office. Please know that this is a scam, CPCC Financial Aid will not CPCC’s Financial Aid Office - New Resources. New Ways.ask you for money prior to or to process your financial aid claims.  To learn more about this scam, go to http://www.wsoctv.com/news/business/consumer-advice/action-9-woman-looking-financial-aid-tricked-out-3/nc7hB/.

Should you need or want to learn more about your financial aid options at CPCC, please contact our financial aid office or visit the federal FAFSA page at https://fafsa.ed.gov/.

Thank you.

Learn More About CPCC – Attend the Oct. 24 Open House

Want to find out more about our programs and services at CPCC? Open House

CPCC Open House

Thursday, Oct. 24; drop in from 4 – 6:30 p.m.

Worrell building, Taylor Gym (Central Campus)

1228 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204

You’re invited to CPCC’s Open House to find out what makes us one of the top community colleges in the nation! You will have the opportunity to speak with college reps and program chairs at more than 50 information tables representing academic programs, student services and college activities. Staff can also assist you during these breakout sessions:

• Get started (enrollment steps for new students)

• Paying for college (FAFSA, scholarship and loan information)

• Career and College Promise (dual enrollment)

• Featured programs (new academic programs at the college) 


The College offers nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs across its six convenient campuses and online. You can gain industry-recognized credentials fast while enjoying smaller class sizes. Learn the skills needed for an in-demand career now or quickly earn your degree and transfer to a four-year college.


Full-time students typically attend a semester of college at CPCC for approximately $1,500. Many students receive grants and scholarships to ensure they receive a first-rate education without going into debt.


Our students find exciting, well-paying careers after they complete their studies. That’s why CPCC is an outstanding choice for college so you can get in, get out and get on your way to success!

For more information: outreach@cpcc.edu, 704.330.6637 or www.cpcc.edu/go/openhouse

Free parking is available in the faculty/staff deck on 4th Street (access Worrell building from deck).


New Federal Rule: Paper Copies of Tax Returns No Longer Accepted for Financial Aid

CPCC’s Revamped Financial Aid Office - New Resources. New Ways.

CPCC’s Financial Aid Office - New Resources. New Ways.

Financial aid applications must be completed by selecting the “import” option using the IRS Data Retrieval tool on the FAFSA; otherwise an official IRS Transcript (directly from the IRS) is required.

Learn more by clicking on the following links to resources on the CPCC website:

If you are working directly with a Financial Aid Specialist and are awaiting an electronic correction, or if you have already been awarded, this message may not apply to you.  Your immediate attention to your financial aid status is required.  In-person service is available at each of our six campuses during normal business hours.