Financial Aid Programs

Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which also is used to qualify for federal student aid and institutional scholarships

Quick Reference:

CPCC Scholarships
Federal Programs:

Federal Pell Grants
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
Federal Work-Study
America Reads/America Counts/Community Service

State Programs:

North Carolina Community College Grant
North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship

 
CPCC Scholarships   

Scholarships are provided through Central Piedmont Community College’s Foundation and the generosity of industries, businesses, professional organizations, civic clubs and individuals. A scholarship review committee determines the recipient for those scholarships awarded by the College.

Applications for scholarship consideration are submitted online through the Academic Works portal (cpcc.academicworks.com/users/sign_in). Academic Works is a comprehensive scholarship database designed to provide applicants with a simplified application process in searching for multiple CPCC Institutional scholarship offerings. Scholarship applications submitted are accepted until all funds are awarded. Students are encouraged to apply early for scholarship consideration. Contact the Financial Aid Office or visit the College's Financial Aid website at cpcc.edu/financial_aid/assistance/scholarships for scholarship deadline dates and a detailed listing of scholarships.

Donors of scholarships should direct contributions to the CPCC Foundation, Incorporated, which supports and supplements educational programs, projects and scholarships at CPCC for which funds from other sources are unavailable or inadequate. Questions regarding the establishment of scholarships and requests for other scholarship donor-related information 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.

The scholarship program consists of two types of awards:

  1. Merit-based scholarships, and
  2. Need-based scholarships.

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 are usually restricted to tuition assistance and require the recipient to maintain a minimum grade point average to continue the scholarship. Each scholarship is awarded for one academic year beginning with the fall semester. Students should reapply each year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. In addition, a scholarship application needs to be completed each year.

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Federal Programs

Federal Pell Grants

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

Pell Grant awards are based on full-time enrollment (12-credit hours or more, this applies to all programs). If you enrolled in less than 12-credit hours, use the Pell Grant Calculator at cpcc.edu/financial_aid/fyi/federal-pell-calculator to determine the estimated Pell Grant amount.

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Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), which does not have to be repaid, is for undergraduates with exceptional financial need – that is, students with the lowest Expected Family Contributions (EFC’s) – and gives priority to students who receive Federal Pell Grants.

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

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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 who are enrolled at least half-time may work an average of 15 to 20 hours per week. FWS employment is determined by the student’s total financial need, the student’s class schedule, the student’s credit hours of enrollment and the student’s academic progress per 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 at cpcc.edu/humanresources/employment.

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America Reads / America Counts / Community Service

America Reads, America Counts, and Community Service are Federal Work-Study programs offered in the 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 that was initiated in 1997, challenges every American to help our 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 July 1999 as an effort to improve student achievement in mathematics and assist students in mastering challenging mathematics, including the foundations of algebra and geometry, by the end of the 9th 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 to students with disabilities and activities in which students serve as mentors for such purposes 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 funds
  • 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 (and the Community Service) 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 enhance post-secondary education costs while offering these students the opportunity to pursue a community service. – Richard W. Riley

For more information about these programs please contact Service-Learning at 704.330.6445 or service.learning@cpcc.edu.

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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 CPCC’s 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 CPCC’s Financial Aid Office and the College
  • meet all other eligibility requirements for Federal Student Aid