Finish Line Grant

In an effort to help support students in achieving high graduation and staying in college at NC community colleges, Governor Roy Cooper announced the Finish Line Grant on July 12, 2018. Many times students are faced with unforeseen financial circumstances that can impact their graduation or enrollment. These funds will help students to overcome these financial barriers to completing their training and education.

The primary objective of the Finish Line Grant is to resolve financial issues that students may encounter so they are able to focus on their studies.  

Finish Line Grant funds can be used for the following types of needs (plus others):

  • Transportation: assistance may be provided to assist the student to get to the community college or other places that support WIDA activities.
  • Tuition and Fees: assistance may be provided for students who have encountered financial hardship that has negatively impacted the student’s ability to pay for tuition and fees.
  • Housing: assistance may be provided to students to maintain or obtain adequate or temporary shelter while participating in educational activities.
  • Financial emergencies that prevent the payment of a utility bill (water, gas, and electric)

Please check the link below for other situations that would be applicable to the Finish Line Grant.


The eligibility requirements for a student to receive the Finish Line Grant are:

  • Have a good academic standing (GPA 2.0 or better)
  • Have completed (or currently be enrolled in) at least 50% of a program’s credit hours toward a certificate, diploma, or degree (Continuing Education or Curriculum)
  • 18 years or older
  • U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Male students must be compliant with selective services requirements
  • Typical grant amounts per student per semester are $250; the maximum total amount of grant funds allowed per student, is $1,000 per program year (July 1- June 30)

Required documents ( at least 1 of the following ):

  • Social Security Card
  • Driver’s License/Picture ID
  • Selective Service registration for male 18 and over
  • DD214- Veteran’s Status
  • Copy of bill to be paid

It is important that North Carolina Community College System receive feedback on your experience. Below is a link for a survey; your participation is greatly appreciated and your responses will remain anonymous.

Survey link:


Please use the links below for the PDF version of the application.
Please submit your completed application at the respective offices listed above.

 (To view these files you will need  Adobe Acrobat Reader )


If you have any questions, please contact:

Curriculum Students
  • Person County: Financial Aid Office at (336) 599-1181, ext. 4004 
  • Caswell County: Edna H. Brown, K122 (336) 694-5707
Continuing Education Students
  • Person and Caswell County: Sandy Parker, D117, (336) 322-2109

Pacer Emergency Funds

The PCC Foundation Pacer Emergency Fund is for students who have an unforeseen financial emergency, which would otherwise prevent them from continuing to attend PCC.  These funds are not designed to be a consistent supplement to a student’s education.  The requests must be urgent in nature.

The maximum assistance amount per student is $250 per academic year and shall not be awarded to the same student in consecutive semesters, unless dire circumstances are warranted. There is a lifetime maximum of $1,000 per student. Funds are paid directly to vendors ONLY.  A check will not be cut directly to a student. 

Types of Expenses that May Be Covered

  • Eviction due to unexpected loss of income (ex. layoff notice from employer) must be submitted along with the eviction notice. The student must demonstrate he or she has a place to live.
  • Disconnect of gas or other utility after student is first referred to power company emergency fund and Christian Help Center.
  • Child care if there is documentation showing potential loss of care and effort of finding future care.
  • Sudden lack of transportation due to car accident (police report required) or unexpected mechanical problems. For example, water pump, heat gasket, etc. Tire replacement is excluded as this is considered normal maintenance. Car repair bill must be dated within 7 days. Student should also present vehicle registration that matches the vehicle identification on the repair estimate.
  • Loss of books, computer, or course supplies/equipment, after initial purchase, due to natural disaster, fire, or theft (police report required).
  • Other needs related to college attendance will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must have a financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unexpected critical incident.
  • Student must currently be enrolled in 9 credits minimum (if fall/spring) or 4 credits minimum (if summer).
  • Student must be in good academic standing with the college.
  • Other possible resources MUST have been considered and are either not available or In-sufficient.
  • Student must be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial hardship.
  • Student must obtain a Pacer Emergency Fund referral form from a PCC faculty member, financial aid representative, or student advisor.
  • So that future students in need can benefit from this assistance, students approved to receive funding will also be required to sign a pledge to “pay it forward” (repay the Foundation) when he or she is able and will agree to write a thank you letter to the PCC Foundation Board of Directors.
  • If student is on Financial Aid probation, approval to award is needed from the FA Office.

Expenses that May NOT Be Covered

  • Medical Procedures or Operations – students should be referred to area clinics
  • Travel expenses of family members
  • Funeral expenses
  • Cell phone, credit card, and internet bills
  • Rent or mortgage payment, except under the circumstances listed above
  • Payment of fines or fees incurred from parking or traffic violations
  • Car payment, gas, insurance, tags, registration, inspection fees, and other routine vehicle costs; however, under extreme circumstances, a student may be referred to receive assistance in the form of a gas card to facilitate their transportation to class.  This would be determined on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Tobacco, alcohol, food, or entertainment expenses


Application Process

  • A completed application form along with a Pacer Emergency Fund reference letter (faculty, financial aid advisor, student advisor) Pacer Emergency Fund Application
  • A letter and any required documentation (hospital, doctor, insurance company, police report, etc.) from the student outlining their hardship and request.


  • The Pacer Emergency Fund Committee shall consist of a diverse mix of faculty and staff at Piedmont Community College. The committee will convene and make recommendations. Due to the need for a quick turnaround with these funds, meetings may take place in person, by conference call, or by e-mail communication.


For more information, contact:

Sandy Parker, Administrative Assistant, Events Coordinator,

Advancement & Communications



Rachel E. Johnson
Director, Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs
(336) 322-2108 | E115
Mona Snead
Financial Aid Specialist
(336) 322-2157 | E116

Emergency Grant recipient, Erica Ways with Governor Cooper

PCC Nursing Graduate Erica Ways shared with Governor Roy Cooper, and other guests, how emergency funds assisted her and will benefit other students.