Frequently Asked Questions
For Parents of Students Attending North Carolina Community Colleges
The application process varies and depends upon how the community college partner chooses to receive applications. Some may require a paper application while others may require an online application through the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC). Students should see their high school guidance counselor to learn how to apply for CCP.
No, except for some non-credit courses taken on a self-supporting basis, including safe driving courses.
There is no maximum number of college credits that a CCP student can take. However, students must complete the entire CCP pathway before pursuing additional courses. All CCP participants must maintain eligibility status.
No, students must complete their pathway before taking additional courses.
All curriculum courses taken by CCP students at community colleges in accordance with in G.S. 115D-20(4) are tuition-waived except courses offered on a self-supporting basis (This applies to fall, spring and summer semesters).
All community college courses included on the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) will receive weighted credit in accordance with North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) policy GCS-L-004. Career Technical Education (CTE) and other courses not included in the CAA are not eligible for weighted credit.
Yes, principals are permitted to award dual credit based upon course content relative to available high school courses and State Board of Education policy GCS-M-001, which allows students in a College Transfer pathway to receive high school credit toward graduation requirements using community college courses. Additionally, some CTE college courses may count toward high school CTE core requirements. Contact the high school counselor or principal for more information.
CCP students enrolled in community college courses will be held to the same attendance and academic requirements as traditional college students.
Junior or senior standing is determined by the local school administrative unit.
No, high school graduates cannot participate in CCP. However, if the high school semester ends after the community college semester has started, the student would still be eligible for CCP (Example: The community college semester begins on Jan. 6 and the high school semester ends Jan. 18 — the student would still be eligible for CCP because they were still a high school student when community college semester started).
- Are home school and private school students eligible to participate in CCP? Yes, students attending a registered home school or a private school may participate in CCP. Generally, private school students are required to establish eligibility using the same criteria applied to public school students (GPA, assessment scores). Home school students and students from private schools not using traditional grading scales shall follow the Community College’s established procedures for assessing eligibility and determining placement.
- Can a college set a minimum and maximum age limit for home-schooled students? How do we know if they are juniors or seniors? No, the home school student’s principal (usually the parent) must certify that the student is a junior or senior and is making progress toward graduation.
- Who pays the cost of the student’s text books? Textbooks are a student’s responsibility, however there may be local provisions for them. A student’s high school, the school district, or another local organization may cover these costs. Students should check with their principal or counselor to verify how these costs are paid.
- Are student fees (e.g., technology fees and insurance fees) waived in addition to the waived tuition for CCP students? No, however local school districts and community colleges should work together to determine whether and how student fees will be paid for CCP participants.
- Are any funds available to assist the high schools with transporting students to the college’s campus? Cooperative Innovative High Schools (including early college high schools, middle college high schools, and other CIHS models) receive transportation funds as part of a larger funding allotment at each district. No additional transportation funding is available for other CCP students.
Director, Secondary Education
Elizabeth City Campus: AE 143
252-335-0821 ext. 2394