This graduation season, I'm thinking of the college students who are struggling to complete their degree because of unexpected financial costs. Most people have trouble coming up with enough cash to pay off a $500 emergency expense. For young people and other people going back to school, tuition often takes the back burner when those emergencies arise. That's why I was glad to read about
NC's Finish Line Grants
Last year, Gov. Cooper created the Finish Line Grants program to help community college students cover unforeseen expenses and complete their training. I supported an amendment to the House budget to expand Finish Line Grants, but it was defeated on a party-line vote. But thanks to a grant from the Belk Endowment, EducationNC will fund up to 20 "Awake58" Fellows who will begin three-month fellowships this spring. Nine community colleges have selected applicants in good academic standing to serve as Fellows on their campuses, and those fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend and professional networking experience for their work to expand the use of Finish Line Grants.
If you or someone you know could benefit from the Finish Line Grant program or an Awake58 Fellowship, please follow the link below or contact my office for more information.