Finish Line Grant

Too often, financial hardships such as unexpected healthcare costs, childcare expenses, or car and transportation issues prevent students who are on the cusp of completing their program from doing so. The Finish Line Grant is designed to assist you in addressing financial situations that would prevent you from continuing or completing your program of study or credential.

If you are facing a financial hardship, you may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 to cover eligible expenses per semester. This is not a monetary award — funds will be paid to the vendor directly to cover your expense. If eligible, you can receive the grant a maximum of two semesters.


You may be eligible to receive the Finish Line Grant if you meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in a program that will lead to a credential that will enhance your employment opportunities

  • 18 years old or older

  • A citizen of, or eligible to work in, the United States

  • If male and subject to Selective Service, registered with Selective Services

  • Mecklenburg County resident

  • Have a valid government-issued ID

  • Enrolled in and attending classes during the semester in which the funds are being requested

  • Completed (including current enrollment) at least 50% of your degree or credential

  • In good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA)

  • Willing to enroll with adult services under WIOA with NCWorks

Examples of Expenses Covered by the Finish Line Grant

The Finish Line Grant may assist with direct payments to vendors for allowable expenses, such as:

  • Transportation assistance and auto repairs (excluding regular maintenance)

  • Child care expenses

  • Housing and utilities (internet and phone service not allowed)

  • Books and school supplies

  • Medical needs

  • Accommodations for individuals with disabilities


Not all applications received will be approved. The Finish Line Grant is intended to help students who are facing an emergency and who are on the cusp of completing their degree program. Central Piedmont does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious belief, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or age.

Emergency Grant

Are you experiencing sudden, unexpected, or unforeseen occurrences that require immediate attention and threaten your ability to stay enrolled at the college?

Apply for a Student Emergency grant

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