Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice.
NOTE: Registration automatically is canceled if payment is not made by the published due dates for the following:
- required fees (student publications/activity fees, technology fees, lab fees and CAPS fees)
- student accident and student professional liability insurance fees
- GED Testing fees
Cash, check and credit cards (MasterCard, American Express, Visa or Discover Card) are accepted.
Tuition Rates for In-State students
Fewer than 16 semester hours: $76 per credit hour.
16 semester hours or more: $1,216 per semester.
High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Courses
No tuition or fee.
Tuition Rates for Out-of-State students
Fewer than 16 semester hours: $268 per credit hour.
16 semester hours or more: $4,288 per semester.
High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Courses
No tuition or fee.
North Carolina Residence Status
For students enrolling in college curriculum classes, an initial residence classification is made by Residency Determination Services (RDS) upon application to the college. It is the student’s responsibility to supply documenting evidence of residence status, if requested. The decision is based on the preponderance of the evidence presented.
NOTE: The out-of-state tuition rate is charged automatically to students for whom North Carolina residence has not been established.
Information provided here is not intended to be comprehensive. The residence policy is based on North Carolina General Statute 116-143.1. More information can be located at ncresidency.org.
Applied Music Study Fee
A fee of $200 is charged for applied music classes.
Campus Access Parking and Security (CAPS) Fee
The Campus Access, Parking and Security Fee (CAPS Fee) is charged to curriculum and Corporate and Continuing Education students who attend classes at any college campus. Revenues collected from this fee are used to pay costs of campus security and parking lot rental and maintenance at all CPCC campuses and centers.
The CAPS fee is
$73 per semester for curriculum students enrolled in eight semester hours or less
$97 per semester for curriculum students enrolled in nine semester hours or more
$12 per class for Corporate and Continuing Education students.
For complete details, visit the CAPS fee website.
Corporate and Continuing Education
Fees are published per class.
A fee of $50 per class is charged for forensics courses.
GED and High School Equivalency Tests
The GED (General Educational Development) Test consists of four sub-tests for $80 or $20 per sub-test.
The HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) contains five sub-tests for $50 or $15 per sub-test.
Curriculum Lab Fees: $27 per lab hour with $216 maximum
Occupational Extension Lab Fees: $27 per lab with $216 maximum
The term 'lab hours' includes both lab and clinical hours. Lab fees are used to provide supplies and equipment in the respective programs.
Student Publications/Activity Fee
$26 per semester for 1 to 8 credit hours
$35 per semester for 9 or more credit hours
Maximum fee is $35 per semester
The Student Publications/Activity Fee is used to support the Student Life Center and many co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. Among these are student government, student publications, clubs and organizations, intramural sports, educational activities, speakers and entertainers.
A technology fee of $48 is charged per term for curriculum classes, and a technology fee of $5 is charged for occupational extension classes.
Digital Content/Electronic Text (E-Text) fees are required for specific courses for online course materials.
The Business and Economics Digital Content/Electronic Text (E-Text) fee is $96 for select courses. These courses include BUS-110, ECO-151, ECO-251 and ECO-252.
The Music Digital Content/Electronic Text (E-Text) fee is $96 for select courses. These courses include MUS-110.
The Art Digital Content/Electronic Text (E-Text) fee is $72 for select courses. These courses include ART-111.
Returned Check Policy
All returned checks are subject to a processing fee of $25. This fee also applies to credit card payments not accepted and returned by a financial institution. This fee, along with the original amount of the check or credit card, is due within five (5) business days after official notification from the college. These amounts are payable only by cash or money order at the Cashiering/Business Office on any campus. A hold is placed on all student records until acceptable payment is received.
The North Carolina Community College System establishes the refund policy which is subject to change.
Refunds for Curriculum Courses
- A 100 percent refund is paid by the college to students who officially withdraw from class prior to the first day of the academic term.
- A 75 percent refund is paid by the college to students who officially withdraw from class prior to or on the 10 percent point of the semester.
- All curriculum student refunds are issued to students' BankMobile accounts or to the credit card used for tuition payment.
Refunds for Corporate and Continuing Education - Occupational Extension Courses
- A 100 percent tuition refund is paid by the college to students who officially withdraw from class prior to the first day of the class.
- A 75 percent refund of tuition is paid by the college to student who officially withdraw from class on or after the first day of the class through the 10 percent point of the class.
Refunds for Corporate and Continuing Education - Self-Supporting Courses
- A 100 percent refund is paid by the college to students who officially withdraw from class prior to the first day of the class.
Refunds for Fees
Student fees are nonrefundable for curriculum and Corporate and Continuing Education courses, unless the course is canceled by the college or dropped before the first day of the academic semester. Fees are not refunded after the term begins, including during the 75 percent refund period. This policy applies to all student fees, including student activity fees, lab fees, technology fees, CAPS fees, e-text fees and student insurance.
Cancellations / No Shows
The college reserves the right to cancel classes at any time without prior notice. Tuition is refunded 100 percent for any class canceled by the college. NOTE: Students who do not cancel and do not attend are still responsible for payment.
Sponsored students must submit a letter of authorization to bill along with their registration information to the Sponsored Programs office or to any Cashiering/Business Office on a CPCC campus before they register, but no later than the same day they register for classes. For further information, visit the Sponsored Programs web page or call the Sponsored Programs office at 704.330.4262.
Insurance coverage is available to students through CPCC on the Student Insurance web page.
Student Accident Insurance Plan
Student Accident Insurance is required for specific classes and is billed at the time of registration. The plan insures students against loss resulting from accidental bodily injury sustained while participating in or attending specific classes. For detailed, current coverage information, visit the website above. For more information, contact the office of Enterprise Risk Management at 704.330.6684.
Medical Hospitalization Group Plan
The plan is available to students enrolled for six or more credit hours. The group plan offers several benefit options, depending on the needs of the student.
Premiums vary per term or year, depending on the selected coverage and payment schedule. Spouses and unmarried children may be covered for an additional fee. Plans are a direct relationship between the student and the insurance provider. Qualified students may contact the insurance provider directly through the website above.