Finish Line Grants

Too often, financial emergencies like unexpected healthcare costs, childcare expenses, or car breakdowns prevent GTCC students from completing their coursework and training. Finish Line Grants help students reach that milestone when facing these unforeseen challenges.

Finish Line Grants of up to $1,000 are available to GTCC students who:

  • Are in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA)
  • Have completed 75% of their work toward a degree or credential
  • Are faced with an unexpected financial emergency that involves:
    • Transportation Assistance
    • Auto Repairs
    • Child Care
    • Dependent Care
    • Housing Assistance
    • Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities
    • Utility Bills
    • Health Care Referrals
    • Assistance with Books and School Supplies
    • Assistance with Tuition and Fees

See the FAQ below for more details.

To see if you qualify for a Finish Line Grant, visit or call the Titan Link office on your campus:

  • High Point – H3 110, 336-334-4822 Ext. 55060
  • Jamestown – LRC 3rd Floor, 336-334-4822 Ext. 55062
  • Greensboro – CC 101, 336-334-4822 Ext. 53029

Frequently Asked Questions

Students enrolled in GTCC and other community colleges across North Carolina are eligible. Students must be in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA) and have completed 75% of the course work toward their degree or credential.

Examples of allowable expenditures for Finish Line Grants:

  • Transportation assistance may be provided to help the student get to class or other instructional locations. Examples are bus passes and gasoline assistance.
  • Auto Repairs. Auto repair payments that allow a participant to participate in educational and training activities are allowed. This includes repairs of an immediate need. Normal vehicle maintenance costs are not allowed. If a participant is repairing a personal vehicle, Finish Line Grant funds may be used to purchase the parts. Auto repair may not exceed the amount of the vehicle. If public transportation would be a more feasible option for the participant, Finish Line Grant funds will not be required.
  • Child Care. Child care assistance for children ages 12 and under who reside in the home of the student are allowed if other resources are not available.
  • Dependent Care. Dependent care assistance may be utilized to help a participant meet their family care needs during participation in their educational activities. Finish Line Grant funds must not duplicate dependent care assistance available from another source.
  • Housing Assistance. Housing assistance allows students to maintain or obtain adequate or temporary shelter while participating in educational activities. Finish Line Grant funds may not pay for rental deposits or mortgage payments. Finish Line Grant funds must not duplicate housing assistance from another source.
  • Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities. Finish Line Grant funds may be utilized to assist a student who needs accommodations to enable them to participate in their educational activities. Finish Line Grant funds must not duplicate funds provided by another source.
  • Utility Bills. Students may obtain assistance in paying for utility bills, including water, gas and electric bills. Finish Line Grant funds must not duplicate assistance from another source.
  • Referrals to Health Care. Students in need of medical or counseling services should be referred to other community medical resources if applicable. The referrals include DOT physicals, drug screens, required immunizations, dental, ophthalmologist, drug and alcohol counseling, mental health counseling, behavioral counseling, etc. Finish Line Grant funds must not duplicate medical assistance available from another source.
  • Assistance with Books and School Supplies. Grant funds may be utilized to assist a student with books, fees, school supplies, and other necessary items related to their education.
  • Assistance with Tuition and Fees. In the context that the student has an emergency financial challenge that has negatively impacted the student’s ability to pay for tuition and fees, then Finish Line Grant funds may be used to pay tuition and fees. However, it is not the intent of the grant program to function solely as a scholarship for a student’s tuition and fees.

Examples of unallowed expenditures for Finish Line Grants:

Finish Line Grant funds are not to be used for student expenses that are not allowed as supportive services including:

  • Titled or deeded items or when recovery of the expense is anticipated (e.g. rent or housing deposits, mortgage payments, property taxes, fines and late fees).
  • Purchase of vehicles.
  • Business startup costs.
Internet or phone service (including a prepaid plan, minutes etc.).

Funds are not be distributed directly to students, but to the person or company requiring payment. 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.

The maximum grant per student per semester is $1,000. GTCC and the local workforce development board will decide whether students will be eligible for grants in more than one semester.

To apply, visit or call the Titan Link office on your campus:

  • High Point – H3 110, 336-334-4822 Ext. 55060
  • Jamestown – LRC 3rd Floor, 336-334-4822 Ext. 55062
  • Greensboro – CC 101, 336-334-4822 Ext. 53029