Finish Line Grants Available for Eligible Students

 

BRCC News | Published January 22, 2019

 

Earlier this year, Governor Cooper announced the Finish Line Grant program, which helps students complete their education when facing unforeseen challenges.  In partnership with Mountain Area Workforce Development, Blue Ridge Community College students who have completed at least 50% of their program of study and are in good academic standing can apply for the grant. Approval is subject to eligibility and the availability of funds.

Guidelines:

  • 50% of degree, certificate or diploma program completed (Curriculum and Continuing Educations students are eligible)
  • Must be in good academic standing- minimum 2.0 GPA
  • 18 years or older
  • US Citizen or authorization to work in the United States
  • Male students must be compliant with selective services requirements

Note: Students in College Transfer programs are not eligible for Finish Line Grants. 

There is a limit of one emergency grant award, up to $1,000, per student per Program Year (July 1 – June 30).

Examples of Qualifying Events:

  • Sudden, unexpected homelessness or lack of permanent housing, due to a natural disaster, fire, or documented roommate dispute resulting in a need for short-term emergency housing
  • Eviction/foreclosure due to unexpected loss of income
  • Sudden lack of transportation due to a car accident or unexpected mechanical problems.
  • Loss of books, computer, or course supplies/equipment, after the initial purchase, due to natural disaster, fire, or theft
  • Financial emergency preventing the payment of a utility bill (water, gas, and electric)

Next Steps:
Contact the NC Works Career Center on the Henderson County Campus (Continuing Education Building) or the Transylvania County Campus (Strauss Building). 

If approved, an NCWorks Career Center Advisor will handle payment. Funds will not be distributed directly to the student, but to the entity providing the service for the student.