The Finish Line Grants program aims to help students complete their training when facing unforeseen financial hardships.  Finish Line Grants can be used for course materials, housing, medical needs, dependent care or other financial emergencies that students face through no fault of their own. Local community colleges and workforce development boards must submit a joint proposal to be an approved partnership to administer the Finish Line Grants program.

At the August 2022 meeting, the State Board approved the allocation of $3.75 million to support the Finish Line Grant program. This program, initially started in 2018 as a partnership between the Department of Commerce and community colleges, provides emergency financial aid to community college students who are halfway to completing a certificate or degree and face an unanticipated emergency. The program transitioned from the Department of Commerce to the N.C. Community College System on Oct. 1, 2022. 

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FLG Eligible Degrees / Diplomas / Certifications

  • All Curriculum certificate, diploma, and degree programs are eligible.  Use current college course catalogue as the resource reference. 
  • Eligible Continuing Education courses are listed here: Degrees and Certifications
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 Allocation for Finish Line Grant: July 1, 2022 - September 30, 2023: Revised: 8/20/2022 704.86 KB
 Finish Line Grants Guide and Q&A as of October 1, 2022 389.36 KB
 Finish Line Grant Transition 8-26-2022 530.09 KB
 Finish Line Grant Funding Notice 227.38 KB
 Certification and Agreement for Funding Under GEER 333.53 KB
 GEER Funding Notice 213.31 KB
 FLG Student Application Template 299.58 KB
 OSBM FLG GEER Guidelines as of August 15, 2022 442.92 KB
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