The Cost of PCC

Tuition and fees for degree, diploma and certificate programs for each semester are payable at registration. (Subject to change by NC General Assembly and/or State Board of Community Colleges)

In-State Tuition:

$76 per credit hour up to 16 semester credit hours not to exceed $1,216 per semester.

Out-of-State Tuition:

$268 per semester hour but not to exceed $4,288 (16 hours) per semester.



(Subject to change by the Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees)

Student Activity Fee
$20 per Fall and Spring semester
$10 per Summer semester 

Instructional Technology Fee
$16 per Fall and Spring semester
$10 per Summer semester

Campus Access, Parking, and Security (CAPS) Fee
$20 per Fall and Spring semester
$10 per Summer semester

Required Specific Fee
$8 per semester

Student Accident Insurance 
$1 per semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) 

Student Nursing Fee
$116 per semester

Nursing Clinical Fee
$25 per Fall semester

Other Fees
$5 per semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer)
 * Fee includes one printed credential (certificate diploma, or associate degree), cap and gown, and participation in PCC's annual Commencement Ceremony 
 * NOTE: Dual-enrolled high school students and Adult Basic Skills students do not pay fees and will therefore be required to pay $30 to participate in PCC's annual Commencement Ceremony.

Books and Supplies: (average per semester)

The Business Office is responsible for collection of tuition and fees. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

A student is not eligible for re-registration if he or she has an outstanding debt due the institution or any other technical college or community college.

Any student having an outstanding delinquent account is not allowed to graduate or receive his or her diploma or degree. In addition, the College will not forward a transcript of records or any information concerning any delinquent student's permanent record to any other source.

A fee of $25 is charged to students for each check returned for "insufficient funds." No other personal checks will be accepted from these students during that semester or the following semester.

Withdrawals and Refunds:

Students must officially withdraw from courses to be eligible for refunds. To withdraw from a course, students should contact their faculty advisor or the Student Development Office.

Students will receive a 100% refund of tuition and fees if they withdraw before classes begin or if a class they are registered for is canceled. A 75% refund is given once classes begin and up to the Census Date* of a given class.

Detailed information on tuition and fees, residency requirements, and refund policies are in the college catalog and student handbook:

*For Census Date, contact the Office of Student Development 336-599-1181 ext 2159.



Net Price Calculator

Piedmont Community College (PCC) provides this Net Price Calculator on our website as a customized financial planning tool to help you determine your cost to attend PCC. The Net Price Calculator uses PCC data to provide estimated net price information to current and prospective PCC students and their families based on a student’s individual circumstances.

The calculator is provided in accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) as a requirement of postsecondary institutions that participate in Title IV federal student aid programs and enroll full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking undergraduate students.


Click here for our Net Price Calculator

Tuition Waiver

Proof of Eligibility. To obtain a waiver, individuals must establish proof of eligibility as a member of an authorized group or organization. The NC Legislature authorizes NC community colleges to waive the registration fees of authorized public safety personnel for selected/eligible training courses.


  1. Waiver for students taking Employability Skills courses and who meet one of the following criteria: Unemployed, Working and earn wages at or below 200% of the federal poverty level guidelines, Working and eligible for Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (FEIT), and/or Received notice of pending layoff.
  2. Waiver for Department of Correction full-time employees who work only with inmates are exempt from paying registration fees for applicable courses. Applicable courses would be those courses which enhance the correction employees in the performance of their duties.  
  3. Waiver for Public Safety personnel enrolled in courses that enhance the performance of their duties are exempt from paying registration fees.
  4. Waiver for AHS, GED and ABE students taking courses in these areas are exempt from paying a registration fee when enrolled in these courses. See High School Equivalency testing fees for cost of tests.  
  5. Waivers are available to the surviving spouse and children of a law enforcement officer (including sheriffs), firefighter, volunteer firefighter or rescue squad worker who was killed or permanently disabled as a direct result of a traumatic injury sustained in the line of duty (including both active service and training for active duty).
  6. Registration fees for Corporate & Continuing Education courses vary with the type of course.
  7. All Personal Interest/Self-Support courses are not fee waived.
  8. Students are responsible for buying books, tools, uniforms, kits and/or supplies.
  9. Students may purchase accident insurance to cover class activities for $1.25 per term. Ask at time of registration.
  10. An eligible Senior Citizen as defined by the NCCCS and G.S. 115D-2(2) is eligible to take courses that are FTE generating. G.S. 115D-2(2).
    1. A person shall be allowed to audit a class under this section only on a space available basis.
    2. “Audit” means to enroll in a course section for self-enrichment and without the opportunity to receive a grade, academic credit, continuing education units, or certificate of completion.
    3. Students shall pay to audit courses consistent with the provisions of 1E SBCCC 1000.
  11. For more information, check with the Departmental area for specific requirements.