Overview of Grant Program
The Finish Line Scholars Program supports students to ensure they stay on track with their education and complete a degree, certificate, or transfer to a four year college or university.
The program will provide grants to the 34 eligible colleges starting in fall 2020. Colleges will be invited to submit an annual grant request to the Foundation for California Community Colleges. The colleges will then distribute their grant funds as financial support to their students in the form of emergency financial aid or scholarships.
Because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, in the academic year 2020-21, colleges can use up to 100% of their grant funds to provide emergency financial aid. Beginning in the academic year 2021-22, colleges can use grants to provide both scholarships and emergency financial aid with no more than 20% of funding allocated to emergency financial aid.
Emergency financial aid will be flexible to help students overcome short-term financial barriers. Scholarships of up to $18,500 per year can cover the estimated full cost of a student’s community college education, including such expenses as textbooks, instructional materials, transportation, housing, childcare, and food.