Finish Line Grant

Governor Roy Cooper announced the Finish Line Grant program on July 12, 2018. This Grant helps students complete their education while overcoming unforeseen challenges. In partnership with Turning Point Workforce Development Board (TPWDB) Inc. and Edgecombe Community College (ECC), students who have completed at least 50% of their program of study and are in good academic standing can apply for the grant. Approval is subject to eligibility and availability of funds.


  • Must have completed 50% of degree, certificate, or diploma program (Curriculum and Continuing Educations students are eligible)
  • Must be in good academic standing (2.0 minimum grade point average)
  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Must be a US Citizen or authorized to work in the United States
  • Male students must be compliant with US Selective Services requirements
  • There is a limit of one emergency grant award (up to $1,000) per student, per program year (July 1 – June 30)

Examples of Qualifying Events

  • Sudden, unexpected homelessness or lack of permanent housing due to a natural disaster, fire, or documented roommate dispute resulting in a need for short-term emergency housing
  • Eviction/foreclosure due to unexpected loss of income
  • Sudden lack of transportation due to a car accident or unexpected mechanical problems
  • Loss of books, computer, or course supplies/equipment after initial purchase, due to natural disaster, fire, or theft
  • Financial emergency preventing the payment of a utility bill (water, gas, and electric)

Next Steps

  1. Submit Finish Line Application and required documentation to TPWDB or ECC Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office will conduct a preliminary screening prior to submitting application to TPWDB
  2. If screening is approved, ECC will submit the preliminary application to TPWDB
  3. Students should register with NCWorks Online
  4. TPWDB will conduct a secondary screening
  5. If approved, students will be contacted to schedule an appointment for WIOA enrollment with an NCWorks Career Center Advisor
  6. After enrollment, the NCWorks Career Center Advisor will handle payment. Funds will not be distributed directly to the student. Funds will be distributed to the entity providing the service for the student.