Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Central Piedmont Community College tuition is $2,432 per year for in-district residents. This is 20% cheaper than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $3,046. The cost is 30% cheaper than the average North Carolina in-district tuition of $3,465 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 37th in North Carolina amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 30th most expensive 2 year college in the state.

The school charges an additional fees of $360 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $2,795.

Housing Costs

Central Piedmont Community College doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Charlotte area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $8,705.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,637.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $6,643 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Central Piedmont Community College is $19,777 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $19,780. Out-of-state students who don't possess North Carolina residence can expect a one year cost of $25,921. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $11,075.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Central Piedmont Community College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Central Piedmont Community College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$19,777
   In-District Tuition$2,432
   Other Fees$360
   Off-Campus Other Budget$6,643
   Books and Supplies$1,637
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$8,705
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$11,072
   In-District Tuition$2,432
   Other Fees$360
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$6,643
   Books and Supplies$1,637
North Carolina Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$19,780
   In-State Tuition$2,435
   Other Fees$360
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$8,705
   Off-Campus Other Budget$6,643
   Books and Supplies$1,637
North Carolina Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$11,075
   In-State Tuition$2,435
   Other Fees$360
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$6,643
   Books and Supplies$1,637


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $19,780 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Central Piedmont Community College net price for in-state students is $6,369* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

55% of Central Piedmont Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,522. 49 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,362. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Central Piedmont Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Central Piedmont Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$6,369*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid55%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,522
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants49%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,362

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$5,979
$30,001 to $48,000$6,335
$48,001 to $75,000$6,765
$75,001 to $110,000$7,448

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,780 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,780. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 34% - $4,522

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Central Piedmont Community College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 0% - $0

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 66% -  $8,615

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Central Piedmont Community College
Gaston College0.1% less expensive
York Technical College89.2% more expensive
University of South Carolina Lancaster194% more expensive
Rowan Cabarrus Community College0.1% less expensive
Stanly Community College0.1% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Central Piedmont Community College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Central Piedmont Community College is $39,560 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $10,004 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $20,008**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Central Piedmont Community College.

North Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,218
North Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,890
Non-North Carolina Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,288
Non-North Carolina Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,960

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Central Piedmont Community College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Central Piedmont Community College
Price per credit hour for North Carolina residents$76
Cost for one class for North Carolina residents (3 credit hours)$228
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$268
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$804
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,072


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 0% of Central Piedmont Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $0.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Central Piedmont Community College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $20,008, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $24,825.34. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Central Piedmont Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 55% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,004. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Central Piedmont Community College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Central Piedmont Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$206.88
Amount Borrowed$20,008.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$4,817.34
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$24,825.34

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Central Piedmont Community College? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Central Piedmont Community College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $24,825.34 would be needed to afford a $206.88 monthly payment in the example $20,008.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Central Piedmont Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $2,208 to $2,435. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.1%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $39,560.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Central Piedmont Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$25,876$51,752
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$33,025$66,050
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $42,149$84,298
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $48,793$97,586

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Central Piedmont Community College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 720 17% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 98 28% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other Associate's Degree 57 12% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 47 36% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 42 20% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 29 28% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 28 42% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Associate's Degree 25 32% costlier
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 24 29% costlier
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other Associate's Degree 22 42% costlier
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Associate's Degree 17 38% costlier
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Associate's Degree 17 35% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 16 27% costlier
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's Degree 16 40% costlier
Medical Office Management/Administration Associate's Degree 16 34% costlier
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 15 29% costlier
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 15 28% costlier
Accounting Associate's Degree 15 28% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 15 47% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 14 32% costlier
Information Technology Associate's Degree 14 34% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 12 31% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 17% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 11 33% costlier
Information Science/Studies Associate's Degree 11 17% costlier
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 11 33% costlier
Interior Design Associate's Degree 10 23% costlier
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 10 19% costlier
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 39% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 36% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 8 33% costlier
Game and Interactive Media Design Associate's Degree 8 42% costlier
Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management Associate's Degree 8 54% costlier
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant Associate's Degree 8 41% costlier
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef Associate's Degree 8 6% costlier
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 8 31% costlier
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 7 43% costlier
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Associate's Degree 7 39% costlier
Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree 7 42% costlier
Office Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 7 40% costlier
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 7 32% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Associate's Degree 7 23% costlier
Building/Property Maintenance Associate's Degree 6 43% costlier
Turf and Turfgrass Management Associate's Degree 6 28% costlier
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other Associate's Degree 6 36% costlier
Computer Programming/Programmer, General Associate's Degree 5 40% costlier
Surveying Technology/Surveying Associate's Degree 5 25% costlier
Electrician Associate's Degree 5 46% costlier
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 46% costlier
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration Associate's Degree 5 50% costlier
Industrial Radiologic Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 35% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Associate's Degree 4 14% costlier
Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree 4 27% costlier
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 3 37% costlier
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 25% costlier
Graphic Design Associate's Degree 3 16% costlier
Graphic Communications, General Associate's Degree 2 47% costlier
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 19% costlier


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About Central Piedmont Community College

Central Piedmont Community College is a two year community college located in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Full time enrollment is 6,781 and part time is 12,043.  Central Piedmont Community College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes. Learn more about Central Piedmont Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Central Piedmont Community College
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, North Carolina

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Central Piedmont Community College is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Central Piedmont Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=198260 IPEDS survey data.