New Students

  1. step 1

    Complete Map: Embark Assessment

    Complete the MAP: Embark Assessment. The MAP: Embark Assessment (opens in a new window) will match your interests and abilities to academic programs here at CCCC.

    When you meet with your Education Navigator, they will review your MAP: Embark Assessment results with you to make sure you are on the right path.

  2. step 2

    Complete your NC Residency Determination & Apply to CCCC

    All applicants must complete the North Carolina Residency Determination (RDS) before submitting the online CCCC application to determine eligibility for in-state or out-of-state tuition.

    1. First, complete RDS.
    2. Next, complete the CCCC application.

    Your RDS login will be the same one you use for the online CCCC application.You must finish the RDS before you can submit your CCCC application. Start with the RDS, then proceed with your application online.

    Get more tips to ensure an accurate residency determination.

    Learn how to check the status of your residency determination.

    Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP)

    Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Esthetics, Medical Sonography, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Veterinary Medical Technology students start as pre-health or pre-esthetic students at CCCC. After meeting minimum admission criteria and submitting a supplemental application, students may be considered eligible for LEP programs. Visit Limited Enrollment Programs for details.

  3. step 3

    Complete your FAFSA and Apply for Scholarships

    Apply for Financial Aid (annually)!

    Review the Financial Aid application steps and submit the FAFSA. Our FAFSA school code is 005449. The financial aid process can take 2-3 weeks for review of eligibility and take up to six weeks for a Professional Judgment request before you receive notice of eligibility.

    Most college-level credit programs are free to qualified students through the Next NC Scholarship.

    Apply for Scholarships

    Visit the scholarships website to learn about additional funding options.

    Did You Know?

    Deferred Payment Plans are available for fall and spring semesters! Payment option information is available on the Business Office webpage.

  4. step 4

    Submit Official Transcripts and Placement Test Scores


    Official transcripts must be sent to CCCC directly from the high school and/or previous college(s) you attended. Transcripts are not processed until all are received. Once received, processing can take up to 7-10 business days or longer during peak registration periods.

    High School Transcripts

    Please provide an official high school transcript*, GED®, HSE, or adult high school diploma with the graduation date.

    High School Seniors

    High school seniors will need to send another official transcript after graduation with a posted graduation date.

    Homeschool Students

    The homeschool administrator must provide proof that the homeschool is certified by the North Carolina Department of Non-Public Instruction and standardized test scores.

    **If you will be graduating from one of our three county service area high schools, do not forget to complete your Central Carolina Promise (K14) Interest Form.**

    GED Transcripts

    If you earned a GED in North Carolina, you can request a copy of your GED transcript by completing the North Carolina Community Colleges GED Office form and mailing or faxing it to the NC GED office. Please note that CCCC cannot process requests for GED transcripts.

    College Transcripts

    If you have attended another college(s), please submit official college transcripts*.

    Learn how to check if your official transcript has been received and evaluated.

    You may send a physical copy of your sealed official transcript to the following address:
    Student Records & Registrar Office
    1105 Kelly Dr
    Sanford, NC 27330

    *A transcript is official when it is received by the college directly from the issuing institution in a sealed envelope or when sent electronically from a secure third-party document provider to Homeschool transcripts require documentation of NCDNPE registration and two years of nationally standardized testing to be official.

    NOTE: All transcripts must be submitted if you are pursuing a limited enrollment program or if you are using veterans' benefits.

    Placement Test Scores

    Please submit any placement test scores received within the last ten years. CCCC accepts SAT, ACT, Asset, Compass, Accuplacer, NCDAP, and NROC's EdReady test scores. If you graduated high school in the last 10 years, your official high school transcript can be used to place you; however, prior placement test scores may qualify you at a higher level.


We look forward to helping you achieve your academic and career goals! Once your application is processed (within three business days), we'll be in touch via the email you provided on your application to share next steps and updates..

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