Finish Line Grants are designed to assist community college students in addressing financial emergencies that would prevent them from continuing or completing their program of study. Too often financial emergencies such as unexpected healthcare costs, childcare expenses, or car and transportation issues prevent students who are on the cusp of completion from that milestone. Many community college students juggle work, family, and life, so financial emergencies can bring their school work to a halt. A Finish Line Grant could make all the difference to helping a student complete their degree or credential.
High Country Workforce Development Board, in partnership with Wilkes Community College, will offer Finish Line grants to qualified WCC students.
Students enrolled in community college programs leading to a credential that will enhance the student’s employment opportunities and meet the following may be eligible:
- 18 years of age or older
- A citizen of, or eligible to work in, the United States
- If male and subject to Selective Service, registered with Selective Services
- Have completed (including current enrollment) at least 50% of their degree or credential
- Be in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA)
- Be willing to enroll with adult services under WIOA with NCWorks
Eligible students should contact Debbie Furr in the Student Services office, to discuss the financial emergency. If deemed eligible, the student will complete the FLG application. NCWorks/WIOA staff will contact students within 24 hours to schedule an appointment.
Finish Line Grants 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
The maximum grant per student per semester is $1,000 and is not to exceed two semesters.