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.

Welcome to the Fall 2016 Semester!

Thank you for using your CPCC e-mail account; it is the official means of college e-mail communication to you so please check your account often.

As we gear up for the fall 2016 semester – classes begin Monday, August 15 – we want to share some important reminders to help you during the first week of class. Remember, CPCC is a tobacco-free college. All tobacco products (including anything resembling tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes) are not allowed anywhere at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Here are the eight things you really need to know to be prepared for the new semester:

1.       Attend class on the first day.

Download the CPCC app and use your CPCC login to view your class schedule from My College (or go to My College to print your schedule). Bring a copy of your class schedule to ensure that the location has not changed. Note both the campus and building name for your classes. Look for information tables on campus to help you locate your classrooms or answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Tuesday (8/16) is the last day to add a full semester class without permission. A twelve-week session begins September 12 and the second eight-week short session begins October 12. Check CPCC Schedule Builder for course availability.

2.       Plan to arrive early to allow enough time to park and find your class.

Traffic is heavy during the first two weeks of class.  Download the CPCC app to see campus maps or visit www.cpcc.edu/campuses for information about each campus and tours, and follow #cpccparking on Twitter for the latest updates.

3.       Park only in areas designated for CPCC students.

Local businesses strictly enforce towing.  Student parking decals are available at any campus Cashiering office during regular operating hours and in Central High Room 263 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the first week of school. Parking decals must be displayed by Friday, September 16.  

4.       Use your CPCC Login to access My College.

Access My College to find important information such as your class schedule, residency status, priority registration dates, enrollment verification, critical alert information, your student ID number and much more!

5.       Pay your tuition by the due date to avoid being dropped from your classes.

As of now, payment is now due the day of registration. For payment information and due dates, visit CPCC Cashiering (http://www.cpcc.edu/cashiering/tuition-payment-dates). Log into My College (http://mycollege.cpcc.edu/) to view your fall 2016 tuition bill.

6.       Get your student ID.

You will need your student ID to check out materials from the Library, use the testing and fitness centers, or access the computer labs on campus. Student Identification Card information is available online 

7.       Read CPCC Today.

CPCC Today is your student e-newsletter sent to your CPCC email every Wednesday or read it via the CPCC app. CPCC Today covers a wide range of useful information from registration, parking and payment to important dates and events. 

8.       Learn about refund delivery options if you receive financial aid.

Refunds are processed electronically at CPCC! If you’re a new curriculum student registered for fall 2016 who receives financial aid, you will receive a bright green envelope from Bank Mobile. Inside your envelope will be an Instant Personal Code with instructions on choosing your refund delivery option. The personal code will be needed to choose your refund delivery option. Your refund delivery options are: an electronic deposit to a personal bank account or an electronic deposit to a Bank Mobile Vibe account. If your selection is an electronic deposit to BankMobile Vibe account, a CPCC BankMobile Debit Card will be mailed to you. Remember this is NOT a credit card but a refund only card.  If you have not received your card, make sure you have updated your address through MyCollege.  For more information, visit https://bankmobilevibe.com/. If you have any questions regarding the CPCC BankMobile debit card, please contact BankMobile at 1.866.782.0821 or the cashiering office at 704.330.4472. 

We are here to assist you and are ready to help you reach your academic goals. If you have any questions, call the CPCC Information Center at 704.330.2722 or visit the Student Success Center at any campus.

Important Information Regarding Financial Aid Bookstore Purchases

Eligible financial aid recipients can purchase approved books, supplies and bus passes.

  • Bus Passes:
    • Can only be purchased at Central Campus using financial aid funds.
    • There is a $300 limit per semester on the purchase of bus passes.
    • The cost of a 10 Ride Local Pass (limited to 10 rides only) or a Weekly Pass (Unlimited rides within that purchased week) is $17.60.
    • The cost of a monthly Pass (Unlimited rides within that purchased month) is $70.40.
  • Backpacks can be purchased using financial aid funds (up to $50 including tax).
  • If your textbook is not available or is out of stock, pre-order and pay for it using financial aid.
  • New! Flash drives can be purchased using financial aid funds (up to $45 including tax).

Excluded Items:

  • Clothing
  • Electronics (Radios/Cellular Supplies/Walkman Accessories/Cameras)
  • Food and Drinks
  • Computers (Laptops/Software/Accessories/Peripherals)
  • Toiletries/Personal Hygiene

Spring 2016 Bookstore Dates:

FA Recipients Can Begin Purchasing Last day for FA Recipients to Purchase
Monday, January 4 Friday, January 29
Thursday, February 25 Monday, February 29
Thursday, March 10 Thursday, March 31
Monday, April 25 Friday, April 29

Reminders for 2015-2016 Financial Aid Recipients

Important reminders to 2015-16 awarded financial aid recipients from the CPCC Financial Aid office:

·         Check your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status to ensure you are in a financial aid eligible (SAP) status after fall 2015 grades are posted. Check your Financial Aid SAP status in your “MyCollege” account.

·         Financial Aid students can purchase books beginning Monday, Jan. 4 through Friday, Jan. 29

·         Financial Aid funds are only disbursed for classes that are required for your active “Program of Study”

·         Remember, financial aid is earned through attendance in registered classes

·         Financial Aid students who withdraw from all of their term classes prior to the 60 percent point of the term (this is based on start and end dates of registered classes) may owe money to CPCC and/or the US Department of Education


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program

In the spring of 2016, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award approximately 80 scholarships to help students with exceptional promise and demonstrated financial need earn a baccalaureate degree from a four-year college. The amount and duration of awards vary by student based on the cost of attendance and the length of the program as well as other scholarships or grants received. The maximum available per student is $40,000 per year. This is the largest scholarship offered in the United States to community college university transfer students.

Students who fulfill the following criteria may apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship:

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2015, or a recent graduate (since spring 2011).
  • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2016.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.
  • Have not previously enrolled at or attended a four-year institution.

Please note: Students who have attended a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship. (If you started at a four-year institution, but did not complete a semester of full-time study, then you may be eligible. Please contact the JKC Foundation to verify your eligibility). Students who have already transferred to a four-year institution or plan to transfer to start during the spring 2016 semester are also not eligible for this scholarship).

Selection Criteria and Process

The CPCC JKC Foundation Selection Committee will review online applications and submitted documents for further consideration using the minimum eligibility requirements and additional criteria to include:

  • Achievement and academic ability
  • Financial need
  • Persistence
  • Leadership
  • Service to others

Application Procedures

To begin the application process, all applicants, are required to go the following link and create an account in their name. You must use a unique e-mail address to create your Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Application account. To access the JKC Foundation Scholarship Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Application click here.

The CPCC JKC Foundation Selection Committee will review all online applications and requested documents submitted by the JKC Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship deadline of Tuesday, December 15, 2015, for further consideration.

2015-2016 Golden LEAF Scholars Program – Two Year Colleges Scholarship Program

Central Piedmont Community College is proud to participate in Golden LEAF Scholars – Two Year Colleges Scholarship Program. Since establishing the scholarship program, Golden LEAF has provided more than 9,600 scholarships to help North Carolinians attend participating community colleges.

Award Amount:

The Golden LEAF Scholars Program – Two Year Colleges Scholarship Program provides scholarships of up to $750 per term (based on the availability of scholarship funding) for curriculum degree seeking students and up to $250 for qualified occupational/continuing education students.  The scholarship funds are limited to tuition, books, fees, supplies, credential testing fees for mid-skills training courses, and childcare services and transportation necessary to fulfill student educational requirements.


Eligible students are those students residing in a qualifying county and demonstrate financial need based on the FAFSA data elements for curriculum students. Occupational education or continuing education students are required to confirm financial need based on the Federal TRIO formula. Please go the following link for a list of eligible or qualifying counties: qualifying county.

Application process:

Student meeting the eligibility criteria outlined for this scholarship award are required to complete the Golden LEAF Scholars Program – Two Year Colleges Scholarship application and return to the Financial Aid Office by Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, for further review and consideration.

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.



Apply for a CPCC Scholarship

CPCC offers hundreds of scholarship opportunities to students. If you need financial assistance to help pay for your college education, we just made our scholarship application easier. Now you can apply for all CPCC scholarships by completing a single application. Simply visit Scholarshipshttp://www.cpcc.edu/scholarships to view our new scholarship information or to fill out the online application and take your first steps toward making your CPCC education a reality.



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.

Hangout With CPCC Financial Aid!

Do you have questions about the financial aid process? Join a Google Hangout to hear directly from the CPCC Financial Aid team and get answers!

Hangout With CPCC Financial Aid!

Hangout With CPCC Financial Aid!

Hangout With CPCC Financial Aid!

Title: I’m selected for financial aid verification, now what?
Date: Friday, February 7, 2014
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Description: One out of every three FAFSA applications processed by the U.S. Department of Education and received by the CPCC Financial Aid Office are randomly selected for review in a process called “verification.” Applicants selected for verification are required to submit documents needed in confirming the accuracy of information provided on the FAFSA. This workshop is designed to allow students to ask questions related to the steps in the verification process and requested documents needed to complete their financial aid file. Join a financial aid advisor as they go through the verification process and answer any questions.

Title: What documents do I need to complete my financial aid application?
Date: Friday, February 14, 2014
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Description: Filling out the FAFSA can be one of the toughest parts of attending college — but it doesn’t have to be. During this online workshop you will learn the best ways to fill out the FAFSA. Topics include using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, navigating the applicant “Dependency Questions,” and more. All attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the application process.

NOTE – Due to winter weather which impacted college operations, this hangout has been rescheduled to Friday, March 7, 2014.

Title: What is Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and how does it affect my financial aid status?
Date: Friday, February 21, 2014
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Description: Financial aid students are required to meet federal financial aid standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Students that fail to meet these federal guidelines potentially might lose their financial aid eligibility. This workshop is designed to define the federal financial aid standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and discuss how failure to comply with these policies might impact a student’s future financial aid eligibility.

Title: How do I apply for scholarships?
Date: Friday, February 28, 2014
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Description: Students that fail to qualify for federal or state grants after completing the FAFSA process are encouraged to apply for CPCC Institutional Scholarships. This workshop is designed to explain the eligibility criteria needed to be considered for CPCC Institutional Scholarship offerings, outline the online scholarship application process and show students how to navigate the Academic Works scholarship portal in searching for available scholarship offerings.

Title: What documents do I need to complete my financial aid application?
Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Description: Filling out the FAFSA can be one of the toughest parts of attending college — but it doesn’t have to be. During this online workshop you will learn the best ways to fill out the FAFSA. Topics include using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, navigating the applicant “Dependency Questions,” and more. All attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the application process.


To find out about future hangouts and more, be sure to follow Central Piedmont Community College’s page on Google+.