Funding Available for Students Dealing with Emergencies

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WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College administrators are reminding students that funding the college received through North Carolina’s Finish Line Grant Program is available to assist them in the event of an emergency.

According to PCC Director of Grants Management Julie R. Crippen, PCC received $35,000 from the state this summer to help students facing unforeseen financial emergencies continue their enrollment and complete their programs of study. The program’s purpose, she said, is to help students ‘cross the finish line’ and graduate.

“As students prepare for the holidays, emergencies arise and help is available,” Crippen said. “Students may use the Finish Line grants to pay for tuition, books, school supplies, health care, auto repairs, child care, housing, utility bills, and accommodations for individuals with disabilities.”

Crippen said students who have completed at least 50 percent of their degree, diploma or certificate programs with a 2.0 GPA or higher are eligible to apply for the funding and may receive up to $1,000 per semester, if approved. She noted that the funding is available to both curriculum and continuing education students facing unexpected financial emergencies.

Finish Line grant applications are available in PCC’s Financial Aid Office, located in the Craig F. Goess Student Center, and the PCC Foundation Office, located in the Vernon E. White Building, Room 118.

Crippen pointed out that students approved for funding must stop by the PCC Financial Aid Office to obtain supporting documents that they must complete and submit to the NCWorks Career Center, where they will sign for their grant funds.

For more information, students are encouraged to contact Crippen at jcrippen@email.pittcc.edu or PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Susan Nobles at (252) 493-7210.