You must also submit the following supplemental items to complete your admissions file.
First-Year Students must submit:
Official High School Transcript. If you do not or will not receive a high school diploma, you may present a General Education Development (GED) certificate or a certified High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED). NOTE: a notarized English translation is required when official records are in another language.
A writing Sample. To fulfill this requirement, you will write a 250-600 word essay using the essay prompts
(Optional) Letter of recommendation from a core subject teacher or your guidance counselor.
Transfer students must submit:
An official college transcript from every college or university you have attended. A notarized English translation is required when records are in another language.
If you have not earned an associate's degree, you are required to provide an official copy of your final high school transcript;
A completed Transfer Reference Form completed by the Dean of Students from the last college or university attended.
Once you have been accepted to Catawba College and we have received the valid results of your FAFSA, the Office of Financial Aid will process your financial aid package.
*If you do not plan to apply for financial aid, please notify our Office of Financial Aid by completing the Financial Aid Waiver.
You can take one course per semester free!
Catawba College offers North Carolina Community College students the opportunity to take one course per semester through Catawba tuition-free. This allows community college students the ability to earn up to the equivalent of one full-time semester at Catawba College, without paying tuition. After earning your associate's degree, you are closer to earning your bachelor degree, and your total cost is significantly less.
Who can participate?
The program is limited to full-time, degree-seeking students at a North Carolina Community College.
Where and when are classes?
You may choose from face-to-face offerings at our campus in Salisbury or online. Courses offered in the summer and at the graduate level are not included.
You will apply as a non-degree seeking student by filling out our application. Additional instructions may be found in the Guidelines for North Carolina Community College Students Registering at Catawba College under Tuition Remission.
Are there limitations to the program?
You are limited to one course per semester while you are enrolled as a student at the community college, and you are limited to four free courses.
Some courses have enrollment limitations.
You will be responsible to purchase any textbooks or materials required to successfully complete the course.
The course must be taken for grade, meaning no Pass/Fail registration.
You must apply at least 7 days before the start of the class, including the Letter of Good Standing from the registrar at your community college and signed Guidelines document.
You may register no sooner than 14 days before the first day of class and no later than the last day to add a class per Catawba’s academic calendar.
Whether you want to be an accountant, scientist, teacher, performer, or CEO, Catawba offers over 70 academic programs to put you on your path. Haven’t decided? No problem. We’ll help you find your path.