Apply to Catawba Valley Community College
Previous CVCC students who wish to re-enroll after a break in their studies may not need to submit a new Application. Instructions can be found at Previous and Returning Students.
Note for Visiting/Non Degree Seeking Students: CVCC must receive your application and activation request and/or course request email at least five (5) business days before the start date of the course(s) you wish to take. Consult the course schedule to determine course start dates. Students who wish to take classes at CVCC to transfer back to another college/university do not have to visit Student Services or the Advising Center; all transactions are handled by email for student convenience. Instructions are located at Visiting Student Enrollment.
Step 1: Residency
Complete NC Residency Determination to receive your 10 digit Residency Certification Number (RCN.) Residency Determination establishes your tuition cost (in state or out of state.) If you already have an RCN, check your expiration date at NC Residency Determination.
Step 2: Apply Online
Complete the entire CVCC Application. Be sure to click “FINISH THE APPLICATION” when finished. Within 24 hours, you will receive a CVCC email confirming receipt of your Application. The confirmation email also contains important next steps to activate your Application. Applications remain on file for one year after submission.
Step 3: Free application for federal student Aid (FAFSA)
All degree seeking students should submit the FAFSA to determine financial aid eligibility. Many scholarship applications require FAFSA submission. The FAFSA code for CVCC is 005318.
NOTE: In compliance with federal regulations, a student’s valid government issued photo ID is required for all financial aid inquiries. A copy of the ID, or any other kind of photographed image on a cell phone or social media are unacceptable.
After submitting your application, an Enrollment Manager will reach out to you within 3-5 business days to get your application activated.
Request official transcripts from your high school (or GED/other high school credential) and EVERY college/university you have ever attended to CVCC. Official transcripts must be sent electronically through a third party vendor (Parchment, CFNC, ScriptSafe) to email@example.com or by postal mail to CVCC Transcripts, 2550 US Highway 70 SE, Hickory NC 28602