Coastal Carolina Community College wants to ensure students have an opportunity to complete their academic and training programs and cross the finish line!
The college is participating in Gov. Roy Cooper’s Finish Line Grants initiative, which is designed to help students cover unexpected – and potentially disruptive – expenses that might prevent them from finishing their education.
Under the program, students who encounter unexpected financial emergencies, including medical expenses, car repairs, utility bills or similar items, can apply for a Finish Line Grant of up to $1,000 to cover the cost.
“It’s designed to give people a chance to finish their program when they’re so close to the finish line,” said Coastal Carolina Community College’s Linda Marrama, who oversees the program for the college. “It can be a lot of different things.”
To qualify for a Finish Line Grant, a student must have completed at least 50 percent of a CCCC academic program or an approved Continuing Education course. The student also must have a grade point average of at least 2.0 and must have no other way to cover the unexpected expense.
CCCC students who are interested in a Finish Line Grant should complete an application, which is available from Ms. Marrama. They must provide verification of the emergency need, and they must demonstrate that the expense can’t be covered another way or by another organization.
Following a grant award, Marrama will serve as the student’s case manager to ensure he or she finishes their program.
For more information about the Finish Line Grants, contact Ms. Marrama at 910-938-6850.