Resources for Eligible Colleges

Resources for Eligible Colleges

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.

Join the Finish Line Scholars Community

Join the Finish Line Scholars Program community on the Vision Resource Center to access materials such as the Program Guidelines for Colleges, which describe additional requirements and recommendations for colleges on designing and managing a Finish Line Scholars Program. Frequently Asked Questions are also addressed in the community. If you have a question not answered in the FAQ or the Program Guidelines for Colleges, use the Vision Resource Center to post your question.

Instructions for accessing the CCC | Finish Line Scholars Community:

  1. Log in to the Vision Resource Center.
  2. Under “Connect” in the main navigation, select “All Communities”.
  3. In the “All Communities” page, look for the title “CCC | Finish Line Scholars”. Note that you may need to click to “Page 2” of the communities list to find this title. Select it, and on the next screen select the blue "Join Community" button.

Program resources will be updated as necessary to reflect changes in the program. Check the Vision Resource Center for updated information. 

Applying for Funds

Eligible colleges have received grant funds for the academic year 2020-21. Applications for the academic year 2021-22 are due by February 12, 2021. Visit the Vision Resource Center for Application Instructions and a link to the online portal to submit a grant request. Information about the timeline for future grant funding cycles will be posted in the Vision Resource Center.


A report will be due annually by August 1 for the most recent academic year. More information is provided in the Program Guidelines for Colleges. Report templates will be shared with colleges and available within the Vision Resource Center.


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California Community Colleges Finish Line Scholars Program
T: 916.283.7660

Eligible Colleges

Far North

  • Butte College
  • College of the Redwoods
  • College of the Siskiyous
  • Feather River College
  • Lassen College
  • Mendocino College
  • Shasta College


  • Bakersfield College
  • Cerro Coso Community College
  • Clovis Community College
  • College of the Sequoias
  • Columbia College
  • Fresno City College
  • Madera Community College
  • Merced College
  • Modesto Junior College
  • Porterville College
  • Reedley College
  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • Taft College
  • West Hills College Coalinga
  • West Hills College Lemoore

Inland Empire

  • Barstow College
  • Chaffey College
  • College of the Desert
  • Copper Mountain College
  • Crafton Hills College
  • Moreno Valley College
  • Mt. San Jacinto College
  • Norco College
  • Palo Verde College
  • Riverside Community College
  • San Bernardino Valley College
  • Victor Valley College

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