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Financial Emergency? Get assistance when you need it

Jul 29 2019

Student holds his hand to his head and looks depressed as he stares at a piggy bankIf you have a serious financial emergency that may cause you to miss class or drop out of college for a semester, Southwestern Community College has a couple of options for providing financial resources.

If you plan to graduate in the next three semesters …

… from a curriculum or occupational education program, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Finish Line Grant - a new program established by Gov. Roy Cooper that provides up to $1,000 for a non-recurring financial need. This program is jointly administered by SCC and the Southwestern Workforce Development Board.

To apply for these funds, you must:

  1. Be enrolled in a Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA)-approved degree, diploma or certificate program (see list below):
  • Accounting
  • Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology
  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Basic Law Enforcement Training
  • Business Administration
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • CISCO Certification
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Cyber Crime Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Electronic Health Records Office Professional
  • EMT (EMS/Paramedic)
  • Health Information Technology
  • Human Services Technology
  • HST – Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Mechatronics Engineering Technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Medical Sonography
  • Medical Transcription Editor (Parts I & II)
  • Medication Aide
  • Networking Management Technology
  • Nurse Aide
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Outdoor Leadership (A.A.S.)
  • Office Administration
  • Paralegal Technology
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Professional Medical Coding & Billing
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Software & Web Development
  • Web Technologies
  • Welding Technology


  1. Plan to graduate in the next three semesters
  2. Hold a GPA of 2.00 or greater
  3. Meet with a member of SCC’s Financial Aid team to get eligibility certified
  4. Register at prior to requesting an appointment with your case manager
  5. Once referred by SCC’s Financial Aid team, you will need to gather the following nine items to the WIOA case manager assigned to you:
  1. Social security card
  2. SNAP approval letter*
  3. Birth Certificate
  4. Proof of Residency
  5. Selective Service Registration*
  6. Veteran Status (DD-214)*
  7. Financial Aid Award Letter
  8. Financial Aid Finish Line Grant Certification form

*if applicable

6) Once you have all the necessary documentation listed in No. 6 (above) and have filled out an application on in No. 5 (above), you can meet with Southwestern Commission employee Brenda Millett.
Regional Finish Line Grant Program Specialist
Brenda Millett
At SCC Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment
SCC # 828.339.4506
Mobile # 828.380.5650

Otherwise, contact the WIOA Case Manager at the NC Works Career Center in your county of residency:

Haywood County
1170 North Main Street

Waynesville, NC 28786
Monday - Thursday (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Friday (8:30 a.m. - noon)

WIOA Case Manager: Hazel Thompson


Jackson County
26 Ridgeway Street, Suite 2

Sylva, NC 28779
Monday & Wednesday (8:30 a.m. - noon; 1 - 4:30 p.m.)
Friday (8:30 a.m. - noon)

WIOA Case Manager: Matthew Edison


Macon County
5 West Main Street
Franklin, NC 28734
Monday-Thursday (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Friday (8:30 a.m. - noon)

WIOA Case Manager: Sierra Peppers


Swain County
101 Mitchell Street
Bryson City, NC 28713
Tuesday & Thursday (8:30 a.m. - noon; 1 - 4:30 p.m.)

WIOA Case Manager: Matthew Edison


(Serves Clay, Graham & Cherokee Counties)
800 West US Hwy 64
Murphy, NC 28906
Monday - Thursday (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Friday (8:30 a.m.-noon)

WIO Case Manager: Lisa Penland



Please note that through the Finish Line Grant, disbursement of funds would occur directly to the agency/vendor (not to the student) within 72 hours of completing your application. WIOA case managers are responsible for determining final eligibility, awarding and disbursing funds.


If you don't plan to graduate in the next three semesters …

… from a curriculum or occupational program, or if you’ve exhausted Finish Line Grant funding and have additional needs, you may still be eligible for assistance through SCC’s Student Emergency Fund program.

This program is ideal when you have small, time-sensitive financial needs such as fuel for your vehicle.

To apply for assistance through the Student Emergency Fund, contact Kathy Posey of the SCC Foundation: k_posey[at]southwesternncc[dot]edu or 828.339.4227.