Financial Aid Programs

Financial Aid Programs

Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility for federal and/or state student aid and institutional scholarships

Federal Programs

Federal Pell Grants

The Federal Pell Grant is a federal program designed to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need to attend college. The U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate information reported on the FAFSA. The formula produces an EFC - Expected Family Contribution number. The Student Aid Report contains the EFC number which determines eligibility. The amount of the Federal Pell Grant award depends on students' EFC, their cost of attendance, their full-time or part-time status and whether they attend school for a full academic year or less. Students need to be enrolled in an eligible, college credit curriculum program consisting of at least 16 credit hours in length. Students with bachelor's degrees are not eligible. A Pell Grant award does not have to be repaid.

Pell Grant awards are based on full-time enrollment which is 12 credit hours or more. This applies to all programs. Students enrolled in less than 12-credit hours may use the Pell Grant Calculator to determine their estimated Pell Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need who are students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions (EFC). FSEOG awards do not have to be repaid and priority is given to students who receive a Federal Pell Grant.

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant program is a campus-based program administered directly by the CPCC Financial Aid Office. The amount of aid awarded depends on students' financial need, the amount of other aid they receive and the availability of funds. Students with bachelor's degrees are not eligible.

Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program utilizes federal funds to provide part-time employment for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need to help meet their educational expenses.  Students with bachelor's degrees are eligible. Students enrolled at least half­ time may work an average of 15 to 20 hours per week. FWS employment is determined by students' total financial need, their class schedule, their credit hours of enrollment and their academic progress each term.

Awarded FWS funds are limited to availability of positions, funds and completion of the entrance/interview process. There are no term limitations on earnings, provided annual limits on the student's award letter are not exceeded.

Students are paid each month. The amount paid is according to the position and the number of hours worked.

All available FWS positions are advertised on the CPCC Human Resources website under Careers at CPCC.

America Reads I America Counts I Community Service

America Reads, America Counts, and Community Service are Federal Work-Study programs offered in fall and spring semesters. These programs allow CPCC students to partner with local elementary schools and nonprofit agencies in an effort to increase children's literacy and outreach to the community. Students gain valuable work experience by being involved in service activities that support literacy and community outreach.

America Reads, a national campaign initiated in 1997, challenges every American to help children learn to read well and independently by the end of elementary school. Nationwide, there are approximately 1,200 colleges and universities participating in the America Reads Challenge.

Building on the success of the America Reads Challenge, America Counts was initiated in 1999 as an effort to assist students in mastering challenging mathematics, including the foundations of algebra and geometry, and improve student achievement in mathematics by the end of the ninth grade.

The Federal Work Study Community Service Program is an opportunity for students to work in a not-for-profit organization while earning their Federal Work Study money. Community service jobs are in fields such as health care, child care, literacy training, education (including tutorial services), welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, crime prevention and control, recreation, rural development and community improvement, support services for students with disabilities as well as activities in which students serve as mentors for purposes such as tutoring, supporting educational and recreational activities and counseling (including career counseling). The benefits of taking a community service position are:

  • Helping improve the quality of life for community members
  • Earning Federal Work Study money
  • Gaining solid work experience in areas such as public service, psychology, education, administration, etc.
  • Acquiring professional contacts in one's community and school, as well as networking opportunities
  • Making a difference

The America Reads Challenge Federal Work Study program is a strong example of how students both give to and receive from the community.  The program promotes access to college by helping students finance post-secondary education costs while offering those same students an opportunity to pursue community service. – Richard W. Riley

For more information about these programs please contact Service­ Learning at 704.330.6445, visit CPCC Service-Learning or call the Financial Aid Office at 704.330.6942

State Programs

North Carolina Community College Grant

The North Carolina Community College Grant is a need-based grant established by the North Carolina Legislature. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, through College Foundation, Inc., makes award determinations.

The North Carolina Community College Grant provides funds to help meet the educational costs of North Carolina residents attending community colleges.

To be eligible, a student must:

  • be admitted to a curriculum program and be enrolled for at least six credit hours per semester,
  • be a North Carolina resident,
  • have completed and submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),
  • qualify for the grants based upon a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculation under Federal Methodology and the program's recognized required educational expenses for attending a North Carolina community college,
  • meet the satisfactory requirements of the CPCC Financial Aid Office and the college, and
  • meet all other eligibility requirements for Federal Student Aid.
North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship

The North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship (NCELS) was created by the 2005 General Assembly to provide financial assistance to students in need attending eligible colleges and universities located within the state of North Carolina.

Applicants must:

  • be admitted to a curriculum program and be enrolled for at least six credit hours per semester
  • be a North Carolina resident
  • have completed and submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • qualify for the grants based upon a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculation under Federal Methodology and the program's recognized required educational expenses for attending a North Carolina community college
  • meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements of the CPCC Financial Aid Office and the college
  • meet all other eligibility requirements for Federal Student Aid

Scholarships

Institutional scholarship funds are provided to eligible learners through the continued generosity of the Central Piedmont Community College Foundation, individuals, industries, businesses, organizations, civic clubs and other community partners. Completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an essential part of applying for scholarships through the CPCC Scholarship Program. Candidates also must complete the general scholarship application on Academic Works to be considered for opportunities that match their profiles.

CPCC Academic Works is a comprehensive database designed to simplify the application process in searching for multiple CPCC Institutional scholarship offerings. Scholarship applications are accepted until all funds are awarded. Students are encouraged to apply early for scholarship consideration.

Scholarship donors should direct contributions to the CPCC Foundation, which supports and supplements educational programs, projects and scholarships for which other funds are unavailable or inadequate. Questions about the establishment of scholarships or requests for other information regarding scholarship donations should be directed to the CPCC Foundation at 704.330.6869. The CPCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.

Scholarships also are awarded on a competitive basis applying the following criteria: academic excellence, achievement, leadership qualities, need or other criteria as stipulated by the donor. Awards usually are restricted to tuition assistance and require recipients to maintain a minimum grade point average to continue receiving the scholarship. Each scholarship is awarded for one academic year beginning with the fall semester. Students need to reapply each year by completing both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. and the scholarship application.