Earn a Degree or Transfer

Do you want to earn an associate degree, diploma, or certificate? Do you plan to transfer from Central Piedmont to another college or university? Let us help you move quickly through these steps.

If you need help with applying, please contact a student success navigator (information in "Contact" sections).

Steps to Apply

Give yourself plenty of time to apply based on when you want to start classes — know when classes start and when you can register for classes.

  • Determine Your State Residency

    The amount of tuition you pay is based on whether you are considered an in-state or out-of-state student.

    Check or establish your state residency, or find out more about the process.


  • Submit the Application

    If you are a service member, you must obtain approval from an Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within the military service prior to enrolling in courses at Central Piedmont Community College if you plan to use Tuition Assistance.

    If you have applied to Central Piedmont or taken a class here before, you do not need to apply again. If you don't remember your student ID number, username, or if you might already be in our system, please first contact a student success navigator. 

    If you are not in our records, complete the Central Piedmont admissions application. You will be asked to choose an Academic and Career Pathway. An Academic Advisor will help you choose a specific program later.

    Once you've submitted your application, contact a student success navigator to be moved forward in the process. Otherwise, we will email you or contact you by phone within one or two business days to confirm your application.

  • Activate Your Central Piedmont Login

    After we reach you to confirm your application, you can activate your account.

    If you have your username and still can't activate your account, please contact a student success navigator or call the Service Desk for help.

  • Access Your Central Piedmont Email

    Your Central Piedmont student email is the official way the college will communicate with you about your classes, events, and more. Once you have a Central Piedmont login, log in to your email online or from the mobile app. Check your email at least once a day.

  • Submit All Transcripts to Student Records

    Submit your official high school, college, and/or military transcripts.

    Transcripts and score reports will determine your English and math placement. Many courses have English and math prerequisites. Learn more about course placement.

    If English is not your first language and you need to improve your English language skills, explore how you can learn English at Central Piedmont.

  • Apply for Financial Aid

    Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (2022-2023 FAFSA). Financial aid includes Pell Grants, other grants, scholarships, and Veterans Affairs Education Benefits (such as the GI Bill®). Central Piedmont does not offer direct student loans. Eligible students include U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens.

    When you complete your FAFSA, make sure to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool link in the financial information section, if you are eligible. Our school code is 002915. Once we process your FAFSA, check in MyCollege by selecting Financial Aid. Scroll down to find out if you have a financial aid counselor assigned, and to review your required documents. 

  • Recommended: Complete the Academic Works Scholarship Application

    Each year, Central Piedmont awards millions of dollars in scholarships. Foundation scholarships require a 2.0 GPA and enrollment in a certificate, diploma, or degree program. Visit the Scholarships page for more information, or email our scholarships coordinator if you have questions. 

  • Attend Orientation and Get Advised

    Once we have your official transcripts, you can schedule your orientation. Orientation includes advising and registration. That means you will need to submit your official high school and college transcripts before attending orientation. Orientation is a required step before registration. If you are a returning student who completed orientation in the past, you can schedule a separate advising session or email advising@cpcc.edu.

  • Register and Pay for Classes, and Complete Next Steps

    Review your next steps after applying, such as registering for classes, paying for classes, buying your books, and getting a parking pass and student ID card. 

    You can register for classes through MyCollege or using the Central Piedmont app.

    Many healthcare programs require you to complete an additional application for admittance into that specific program and require that you take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). Contact the specific program for any questions about its application requirements. 

Learn About Opportunities to Transfer to a Four-Year School

  • Students Subject to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

    DACA students must have a Form I-797 notice of Action and an EAD card with Category C33 designation showing they have been granted deferred action. They are not eligible for the in-state tuition rate, but they can be sponsored by NC employers only who can pay the in-state rate on their behalf. “Individuals with DACA classification are not eligible to obtain the in-state tuition rate under the public school graduate exception or nonprofit sponsorship exception.” DACA students should be treated like others who are lawfully present in U.S., but will not be eligible to receive professional licenses which are associated with some of Central Piedmont's academic programs.

    DACA students will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate unless they are sponsored by a North Carolina business, in which case they will be charged the in-state rate. For information on employer sponsorships, contact Central Piedmont's Sponsored Programs Office.

    2017 DACA Recission Announcement