Financial Aid to Help You Stay on Track

The California Community Colleges Finish Line Scholars Program supports students to ensure they stay on track with their education and complete a degree, certificate, or transfer to a four year college or university.

The program is intended to help eliminate regional educational gaps through distribution of emergency financial aid to students facing unexpected hardships and scholarships to students who are well on their way toward a finish line goal of transferring to a college or university or completing a certificate or degree.

Finish Line Scholars Scholarship and Emergency Grant program provides financial assistance through a scholarship, to eligible students who are on their way toward a finish line goal of transferring to a college or university or completing a certificate or degree. 

Applicants must:


  • Receive a tuition fee waiver under the California College Promise Grant.
  • Have a goal of completion of a certificate or degree program, or transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • Take at least 12 units or maintain an alternate full-time equivalent status during all terms in which the scholarship is active.
  • Make progress toward goal as indicated by having completed approximately half of the credits required for the program and have a realistic plan to finish the remainder in under 2 academic years.

In addition, students pursuing a degree or transfer must also meet two of these three criteria:

  • Have completed a transfer level English course
  • Have completed a transfer level math course
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
*Recipients, please submit a thank you letter to the financial aid office for the Foundation for California Community Colleges. We will submit your letter on your behalf.

Emergency Grant:

Eligibility criteria for emergency financial aid are separate and different from the scholarship criteria and are not related to your educational goals. Emergency aid is intended to support students facing unexpected or short-term financial barriers that may prevent you from enrolling or staying enrolled in college. No student should be denied based on immigration status.

For more information on the Finish Line Scholars program, please visit the official Foundation for California Community Colleges webpage



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