Forsyth Tech announces push to increase use of governor’s Finish Line grants to help students with financial challenges

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 2, 2019

WINSTON-SALEM — Frequently, it’s not academic pressure which prevents students from completing their education, it’s the unexpected financial crisis that keeps students from reaching their goals.

To help students with emergency financial assistance, Forsyth Technical Community College has announced a new effort to ensure all students are familiar with and have access to Finish Line grants, provided in partnership with Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board.

Forsyth Tech students who are at least 18 years old, have completed at least 50 percent of their program of study, are in good academic standing, and are authorized to work in the U.S. can apply for this grant to help them cross the finish line to graduation. Approval is subject to eligibility and the availability of funds. The maximum award is $1,000 per student per semester.

“The Finish Line grant program assists our students at a critical time and can be life-changing,” said Bill Green, vice president for community engagement. “Providing up to a $1,000 grant to students may be the deciding factor in completing their degree or certification.

Funds can be used for virtually any financial emergency (housing, transportation, utilities, healthcare, child care, etc.) and will be distributed to the entity that will provide the needed service. The application is simple and may be found on the Forsyth Tech website at https://www.forsythtech.edu/apply/financial-aid/finish-line-grant/

The grants are available for Economic and Workforce Development students as well as curriculum students.

These grants are part of the $7 million federally funded Finish Line grants offered by Governor Roy Cooper for community college students during 2018-2019. Future funding is contingent upon availability.

“As many of our students already have family and job responsibilities, experiencing a financial crisis can keep them from graduating,” said Janet N. Spriggs, president of Forsyth Tech. “With this grant, we want to help them cross the finish line to go on to further education or careers.”