How to Apply - Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC

How to Apply

A degree, diploma, or certificate from CCC will provide you with more career possibilities, more opportunities, and a brighter tomorrow.

What type of student are you?

Current High School Students should visit the Dual Enrollment page for more information. 

New to CCC: A student who has never taken for-credit classes at CCC, or a returning student who has not taken for-credit classes in the last five years. Follow the steps to apply below. Skip to Steps to apply

Have Questions or Need Help?

Student Affairs

Location: 2nd floor, Jack Hunt Campus Center
Phone: 704-669-4081
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Friday CLOSED

Office hours vary during registration and when classes are not in session.

Want to tour our campus?
Cleveland Community College encourages prospective students and parents to visit the campus and tour our facilities. Registration for scheduled tours is necessary to ensure that appropriate staff are available to answer questions. Information pertaining to academic programs, student services, and the admissions/registration processes will be covered during the tour.

Special Credit (meets at least one of the following criteria):

  • A student who is enrolled at CCC for course credit but is not in a curriculum program leading to an
    associate degree, diploma or certificate.
  • A student who is currently enrolled at another college and wants to take courses at CCC to transfer back to
    their home institution.
  • A student who needs to take a few pre-requisite courses to enter a program at another college or university.
  • A student taking a curriculum course for personal interest.

Special credit students are required to meet the prerequisites for a course or demonstrate a necessary level of competence. Follow the steps to apply below. High school and/or college transcripts may be necessary to prove college readiness or course pre-requisite.

Special credit students are not eligible for financial aid.

Skip to Steps to apply

International: A student who needs an I-20 form to be eligible to study in the United States. Visit
the International Student Page for details.

Health Sciences: New and returning students wishing to enter a competitive entry or non-competitive entry health program. Additional requirements and information are explained on the Health Sciences student page.

Basic Law Enforcement Training: A student who wants to apply to the competitive admission Basic Law Enforcement Training Program. Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate

Returning – A former CCC for-credit student returning to school with plans to complete a degree, diploma, certificate, or 12 or more credits to transfer to another school.

If it has been longer than 270 days since you last attended CCC, you must re-apply by following Steps 1 and 2 below. If you are a recent high school graduate who took classes while in high school (CCP), you must apply to CCC by following Steps 1 and 2 below.

If you are unsure how long it has been since you last attended CCC, email us at and we will be happy to assist you.

Steps to Apply

Step 1: Complete Residency Determination

State residency for tuition purposes is now determined by the Residency Determination Service (RDS). The Residency Certification Number (RCN) you receive will be used to complete your CCC Application for Admission. Keep this number in a safe place – you will need it later! This step can take up to 30 minutes to complete, so be sure you have enough time to complete it.

Establish Residency

Step 2: Complete Application

Have your Residency Certification Number (RCN) handy. Click the Apply Now button below to fill out the admissions application. Don’t forget to click submit when you are done! You should receive an email from CCC confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive an email, you did not click submit. Click Apply Now again, log into your account and click submit on your application.

Apply Now!

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you want to be considered for federal, state, or institutional financial aid. Over half of our students receive some type of financial aid. Don’t miss out! Be sure to include CCC’s school code (008082) on your application!

Visit Paying for College for information on when and how to pay tuition, veterans affairs, scholarships and more.

Tuition Rate & Fees

Step 4: Attend Guide, Plan, Succeed

All new students, or students who have had a lapse in enrollment, are required to attend a Guide, Plan, Succeed session. This session will prepare you for college by providing an in-depth orientation of the policies and procedures you need to know. About a week after submitting your application to the college, your advisor will contact you using the phone number you provided on your application. They will sign you up for your session at that time.

Step 5: Set-up Your CCC Accounts

Visit the Current Students page to set-up accounts including Blackboard, MyCleveland,
cccAlert, and student email, CCC’s official means of communication.

Step 6: Submit Your Transcripts (does not apply to Special Credit Students)

Send your official high school or GED transcript to CCC, along with any college transcripts for which you wish to receive transfer credit. You may bring a sealed copy of your transcript(s) to Student Services or request the sending institution to submit them for you.

If you have questions about sending your transcripts email us at

If you are a recent Cleveland County Schools graduate request your transcript now at

Step 7: Do you need placement testing?

Are you a recent high school graduate? Did you take an aptitude test (SAT, ACT, etc.) in high school? Are you transferring from another college? If so you may be exempt from placement testing at CCC. Exemptions

Don’t qualify for testing exemptions? That’s ok, we offer resources to help you prepare! To sign up for your test and review practice questions, visit the assessment and placement testing page.

You are now ready to contact your academic advisor and register for classes! (Remember, find the name of your advisor in MyCleveland on the For Students page.)