Finish Line Grant Program

The Finish Line Grant program helps students complete their education when facing unforeseen challenges. In partnership with the Durham Workforce Development Board and the Regional Partnership Workforce Development Board, Durham Tech offers access to these funds for students who have completed at least 50 percent of their credit or noncredit program and are in good academic standing.

This grant provides a maximum of $1,000 per semester.

Get Started

  1. Carefully review the information below.
  2. Schedule an appointment for an interview:

    Durham County
    Véga Swepson

    Resource Specialist/ Instructor, HRD 
    919-536-7200, ext. 4003

    Orange County
    Iesha Cleveland

    Director, Orange County Student Services
    919-536-7200, ext. 4201

    Orange County
    Eliza Murphy

    Academic Advisor/ Instructor, College Success
    919-536-7200, ext. 4227


  3. Register with NCWorks online.
  4. If approved for consideration, students will be contacted to schedule an appointment for WIOA enrollment with NCWorks Career Center staff.
  5. After enrollment and approval for a Finish Line grant, the NCWorks Career Center Case Manager will continue to support grant recipients.

Eligible Programs

Durham County Residents: Students who are enrolled at Durham Tech in any credit certificate, diploma, or degree program, Gateway to College/Adult High School (at least 50 percent of HS credits completed), and High School Equivalency (at least 50 percent of testing completed).

Orange County Residents: Students who are enrolled at Durham Tech in any credit certificate, diploma, or degree program, with the exception of University Transfer programs (Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Engineering, and Associate in Fine Arts).

Durham and Orange County Residents: The following noncredit programs are eligible:

  • BioWork Plus
  • Carpentry
  • Central Sterile Processing
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Dialysis Technician
  • EKG
  • Electrical Line Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Esthetician Technology
  • FESTO Advanced Manufacturing 4.0
  • Fire Academy
  • HVAC
  • Massage Therapy
  • Paramedic
  • Phlebotomy
  • Plumbing
  • Welding Technology

Qualification Guidelines

  • Have completed at least 50 percent of the credits/requirements for the specific credential.
  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA or be on track to complete a noncredit credential.
  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Be a US citizen or authorization to work in the United States.
  • Be in compliance with selective services requirements – male students.

Examples of Qualifying Events

  • Unexpected medical expenses;
  • Unexpected change in housing situation due to unforeseen circumstances;
  • Unexpected lack of transportation;
  • Loss of books, computer, or course supplies/equipment after the initial purchase due to unforeseen circumstances;
  • Financial emergency

Note: Funds will not be distributed directly to the student but to the entity providing the service for the student.