Finish Line Scholars Program
The Finish Line Scholars Program offers MSJC students financial assistance while attending courses at MSJC through a generous donation to the California Community College Foundation. The goal is to help support students in completing their educational goal by providing financial support. The program has two components: An emergency grant and a scholarship. Requirements for each program are below.
Finish Line Scholars Emergency Grant Program
The Finish Line Scholar Program Emergency Financial Grant is for students facing unexpected financial hardships that would lead to a withdrawal from classes. This application is a one-time funding request to help you as a student overcome short-term financial barriers that may prevent you from staying enrolled at MSJC.
Grant funds are limited and awards are not guaranteed. If you have a financial emergency preventing you from continuing with your education, apply for the Finish Line Scholar Program Emergency Aid.
- Must be currently enrolled at MSJC for Spring 2021 in a minimum of 6 units
- Must be in good academic standing
- Must have exhausted all other financial resources
Emergency grants will be issued for $500 and/or the amount requested by the student, whatever is the lesser value.
Depending on the need, non-monetary resources may be available and awarded in place of a monetary award and/or combined with a monetary award.
Below you will find the application, information for on and off campus resources and tax filing information for financial aid grants and scholarship payments.
Emergency Grant Application and Emergency Services Resources
Emergency funding can be requested by currently enrolled (spring 2021) eligible MSJC students to cover emergency expenses that may effect your successful completion of the term. This includes, but is not limited to, eligible expenses related to housing, food, technology, supplies, transportation, fees, dependent care, tuition, health care, and other miscellaneous expenses. Please be aware that financial support is limited to eligible students on a first-come, first-serve basis.
For additional emergency services and resource, please visit the Student Support Hub.
Disbursement of Funds
Emergency Grant funds will be disbursed via Bank Mobile disbursement services
- If you have previously signed up with Bank Mobile, you do not need to sign up again. You can view your current disbursement choice online at www.refundselection.com
- If you have not set up a Bank Mobile account already, you will receive an email from Bank Mobile with directions on how to log in and choose how to receive your funds at your RCCD student email address. The email will have a personal identification number. Once you have received your personal identification number, go to www.refundselection.com to log in and create your account. You can choose direct deposit into your personal bank account, the Bank Mobile debit VIBE card or paper check to be mailed to the address you have on file with Admissions and Records. To avoid delay, make sure to make your selection as soon as possible.
- For more information, visit BankMobileDisbursements.com/how-it-works
Tax Implications to receiving grants/scholarships
Some parts of grants or scholarships are taxable. For more information, visit this helpful links from the IRS:
- Topic No. 421 Scholarships, Fellowship Grants, and Other Grants
- Do I Include My Scholarship, Fellowship, or Education Grant as Income on My Tax Return?
Finish Line Scholars Scholarship Program
The Finish Line Scholarship is intended to help students who are half way to their stated educational goal, complete their journey. The application will be available in the Spring term, for disbursement in the following academic year.
To apply for the Finish Line Scholarship you must meet the below requirements:
- Must be eligible for the California College Promise Grant (CCPG). You can determine if you are eligible by reviewing your financial aid award in Self-Service.
- Your goal must be completion of a certificate or degree program, or transfer to a four-year college or university
- You must take at least 12 units or maintain an alternate full-time equivalent status during the fall and spring terms to receive payment of the scholarship funds
- You must have completed at least half of the required credits toward your stated program of study. For example, for AA/AS/ADT programs, you must have completed at least 30 degree applicable units towards the required 60 units for the program.
- You must have a Student Educational Plan on file for your stated program of study, showing a realistic goal of completing your program in under 2 academic years
- You must meet as least 2 of the below requirements:
- Have completed transfer level English
- Have completed transfer level Math
- Have a GPA or 2.5 or higher
- Priority will be given to students with a STEM major or accepted to the RN programs
- As funding allows, awards will be made to additional eligible students
The application is available in the spring semester, for award during the following academic year. For example, the spring 2021 application will be for an award for fall 2021 and spring 2022. If funding is available, additional scholarships may be made available in the Fall. When the application is available, you will see the application link below: