Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Finish Line Grants

Helping Students Cross the Finish Line

Finish Line Grants are grants of up to $1,000 awarded to community college students who are on the cusp of completing their education or training and are faced with an unanticipated financial hardship that may prevent them from doing so. Too often, financial emergencies-like unexpected healthcare costs, childcare expenses, or car breakdowns- prevent students from completing their programs. Finish Line Grants are awarded to eligible students facing these unforeseen challenges. Grants can be used for course materials, housing, medical needs, dependent care, or other financial hardships that students face through no fault of their own.

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:

  • Be enrolled in a North Carolina community college in a curriculum program or an eligible workforce continuing education course leading to an industry-recognized credential;
  • Be in good academic standing as defined by the community college. Threshold may not be higher than a 2. 0 grade point average; and
  • Have completed at least 25% of the degree or credential program (or he enrolled in the courses that will constitute 50% completion).

A Finish Line Grants emergency is defined as: Any unforeseen circumstance that occurs resulting in the potential disruption of a student's ability to complete a degree/certification.

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
  • Medical needs
  • Accommodations for individuals with disabilities

The maximum grant per student per semester is $1,000 and is not to exceed two semesters.

Eligible students should contact the following to discuss the financial emergency:

  • Ann Wright(, 828.726.2715)
If deemed eligible, the student will need to complete the Finish Line Grant application.