Emergency Grants

Central Piedmont understands that you may experience unexpected financial emergencies that could prohibit you from attending classes and completing your degree program. If you find yourself facing an unexpected financial emergency, Single Stop has two types of emergency grants: the Student Emergency Grant and the Finish Line Grant.

Student Emergency Grants

The Student Emergency Grant Fund at Central Piedmont provides short-term financial support. The Student Emergency Grant is only for sudden, unexpected, or unforeseen occurrences that require immediate attention and that would otherwise impact your ability to remain enrolled at Central Piedmont. You can be awarded the Student Emergency Grant one time only.

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible to qualify for the Student Emergency Grant, you must:

    • have an immediate financial need due to sudden, unexpected, or unforeseen occurrences that require immediate attention
    • have completed a minimum of 6 credit hours completed at Central Piedmont
    • be registered at Central Piedmont during the semester in which the funds would apply and be enrolled a minimum of six credit  hours
    • be in compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress, with a minimum 2.0 GPA
    • complete and submit the Student Emergency Grant application
    • provide documentation of the emergency (bill, invoice, legal notice, etc.)
    • complete a Benefits Screener through your MyCollege account or in the Single Stop office
    • have not previously received a Student Emergency Grant

    Examples of Expenses Covered by the Student Emergency Grant

    • temporary loss of income
    • temporary loss of child care
    • temporary housing needs due to homelessness or sudden loss of housing
    • replacement of essential items dues to fire, theft, or other natural disaster
    • safety needs (e.g. changing a lock)
    • medical or dental emergencies
    • transportation emergencies

    Examples of Expenses Not Covered by the Student Emergency Grant

    • tuition, fees, and books
    • non-essential utilities (e.g. cable/satellite)
    • entertainment/recreational costs
    • non-emergency travel expenses
    • non-emergency medical expenses
    • past college debt
  • Student Participation

    If you receive a Student Emergency Grant, you must complete a Single Stop Benefits Screener before completing the application. You will meet with a financial counselor and complete the pre-determined online financial modules through the Single Stop office prior to receiving the Student Emergency Grant. You will also work with a Single Stop Coordinator to explore your need and ways to obtain additional Central Piedmont and community resources that support financial capability.

  • Award and Payment

    The maximum amount of the Student Emergency Grant may not exceed the amount of the immediate emergency need, up to a $250 maximum award. Payments will be disbursed by the Central Piedmont Foundation and will be paid via credit card or check directly to the third party provider. For example, if you need to pay a past due utility bill to prevent electricity from being cut off, the funds would be paid directly to the electric company on your behalf.

    Funds awarded through the Student Emergency Grant Fund are not loans — you do not have to pay us back for the funds. The Student Emergency Grant fund is not a substitute for financial aid. You are encouraged to explore all available financial resources.

  • Apply for the Student Emergency Grant

    1. Complete the Student Emergency Grant application online.
    2. Complete the Single Stop benefits screener through the Single Stop office or through MyCollege.

    Single Stop staff will make every attempt to expedite both the application review process and the payment process for approved applicants. You will be contacted by phone and/or email after you apply. You may be scheduled to meet with a Single Stop staff member in person to review your request, secure appropriate documentation, and explore additional support resources.

    Disclaimer

    Not all applications received will be approved. We make every effort to give you a prompt decision on your application, as well as to distribute funding for the Student Emergency Grant as quickly as possible if you are awarded a grant. The Student Emergency Grant is not intended to pay for routine expenses or be a consistent resource to supplement your educational expenses. Each circumstance is unique, and the amount of the award may vary. Emergency assistance may be allocated to non-eligible students on a case-by-case basis as determined by the Student Emergency Grant committee. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis and/or until the established funds have been depleted. Central Piedmont Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious belief, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or age.

  • Giving to the Student Emergency Grant Fund

    The number of students benefiting from the Student Emergency Grant fund is limited to the availability of funds. The fund must be sustained by continual contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the college to ensure continued success. To contribute, please contact the Central Piedmont Foundation at 704.330.6869 or give now at Student Emergency Fund Giving.

  • Past Recipients of the Student Emergency Grant

    Did you receive a Student Emergency Grant? If so, please take a moment to let us know how the emergency grant funds impacted you personally and academically.

Finish Line Grants

Too often, financial hardships such as unexpected healthcare costs, childcare expenses, or car and transportation issues prevent students who are on the cusp of completing their program from doing so. The Finish Line Grant is designed to assist you in addressing financial situations that would prevent you from continuing or completing your program of study or credential. If you are facing a financial hardship, you may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 to cover eligible expenses per semester. This is not a monetary award — funds will be paid to the vendor directly to cover your expense. If eligible, you can receive the grant a maximum of two semesters.

  • Eligibility

    You may be eligible to receive the Finish Line Grant if you meet the following criteria:

    • enrolled in a program that will lead to a credential that will enhance your employment opportunities
    • 18 years of age or older
    • a citizen of, or eligible to work in, the United States
    • if male and subject to Selective Service, registered with Selective Services
    • be a resident of Mecklenburg County
    • have a valid government issued ID
    • be enrolled in and attending the semester in which the funds are being requested
    • have completed (including current enrollment) at least 50% of their degree or credential
    • be in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA)
    • be willing to enroll with adult services under WIOA with NCWorks

    Examples of Expenses Covered by the Finish Line Grant

    The Finish Line Grant may assist with direct payments to vendors for allowable expenses, such as:

    • transportation assistance and auto repairs (excluding regular maintenance)
    • childcare expenses
    • housing and utilities (internet and phone service not allowed)
    • books and school supplies
    • medical needs
    • accommodations for individuals with disabilities
  • Application Steps

    Please complete this short survey if you are considering applying for the Finish Line Grant.

    1. To complete the Finish Line Grant application, log in to MyCollege, click "Student Services," and then click "Online Forms."
    2. Complete the Single Stop Benefits Screener through the Single Stop office or through MyCollege.
    3. If you meet all college eligibility requirements, you will be contacted by a Charlotte Works representative to complete the Finish Line Grant process. Review the list of items that you will need when you meet with the Charlotte Works representative about the Finish Line Grant (PDF).
    4. If you receive a Finish Line Grant, you will be required to meet with the Single Stop Financial Counselor before the grant pays for you eligible expenses.

          Finish Line Grant Disclaimer

          Not all applications received will be approved. The Finish Line Grant is intended to help students who are facing an emergency and who are on the cusp of completing their degree program. Central Piedmont Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious belief, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or age.