Every community college in North Carolina may participate in the Finish Line Grants program but is not required to do so. Community colleges and workforce development boards will collaborate to apply for funding and will establish a joint process for reviewing funding requests from students. Funds will not be distributed directly to students. For example, if a student applies for a Finish Line Grant to pay for a car repair, the approved payment will go to the auto repair shop.
Up to $7 million of federal funds from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act will be available for Finish Line Grants in the 2018-19 school year. Governor Cooper’s most recent budget proposed recurring funding to make the Finish Line Grants program ongoing, including funding for students in four-year college and university programs. Future funding is contingent upon availability.