Emergency Grants

Central Piedmont understands that students may experience unexpected financial emergencies that could prohibit them from attending classes and completing their degree program. If you find yourself facing an unexpected financial emergency, Single Stop may be able to help! Single Stop has two types of emergency grants for which eligible students can apply: the Student Emergency Grant and the Finish Line Grant.

Student Emergency Grants

The Student Emergency Grant Fund at Central Piedmont operates to provide short-term financial support to students experiencing an enrollment-threatening financial emergency. The Student Emergency Grant is only for sudden, unexpected, or unforeseen occurrences that require immediate attention and would otherwise impact a student’s ability to remain enrolled at Central Piedmont. Students 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

    Students receiving a Student Emergency Grant must complete a Single Stop Benefits Screener before completing the application. The student 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. Students receiving a Student Emergency Grant will also work with a Single Stop Coordinator to explore need and means of obtaining additional Central Piedmont and community resources that will 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 a student needs 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 behalf of the student. Funds awarded through the Student Emergency Grant Fund are not loans, and do not require repayment. The Student Emergency Grant fund is not a substitute for financial aid and students who are seeking funding will be encouraged to explore other financial resources.

  • Application Steps

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

    Single Stop staff will make every attempt to expedite both the review process and the payment process for approved applicants. Students applying for this emergency grant will be contacted by phone and/or email, and may be scheduled to meet with a Single Stop staff member in person to review the request, secure appropriate documentation, and explore additional support resources.

    Student Emergency Grant Disclaimer

    All attempts will be made to ensure a prompt decision and funding for the Student Emergency Grant. Not all applications received will be approved. The Student Emergency Grant is not intended to pay for routine expenses or be a consistent resource to supplement a student’s educational expenses. Each circumstance is unique and the amount of the award may vary. Emergency assistance to non-eligible students may be allocated based on a case-by-case basis as determined by the Student Emergency Grant committee. Funds will be available to students 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 Grant

Too often, financial hardships such as unexpected healthcare costs, childcare expenses, or car and transportation issues prevent students who are on the cusp of completion from that milestone. The Finish Line Grant is designed to assist community college students in addressing financial situations that would prevent them from continuing or completing their program of study or credential. Students facing a financial hardship 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 the expense. Eligible students can receive the grant a maximum of two semesters.

  • Eligibility

    Students enrolled in programs leading to a credential that will enhance employment opportunities and meet the following criteria may be eligible to receive the Finish Line Grant:

    • 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 My College, 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 all college eligibility requirements are met the student will be contacted by a Charlotte Works representative to complete the Finish Line Grant process. Please review the list of items that you will need when you meet with the Charlotte Works representative about the Finish Line Grant (PDF).
    4. Students receiving a Finish Line Grant will be required to meet with the Single Stop Financial Counselor before the grant pays for eligible expenses.

          Finish Line Grant Disclaimer

          Not all applications received will be approved. The Finish Line Grant is intended to help students are facing an emergency and 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.