Finish What You Started - Participant

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The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative launched the Finish What You Started Program in 2021 to help Colorado residents go back to school and earn their credential or degree. The program supports in two ways: providing financial assistance and support services throughout their college experience. Public institutions across the state will be providing the program coming Fall 2021.

Do you have some college, but did not graduate or obtain your credential? Are you thinking of re-enrolling to finish your degree? Join the Finish What You Started program designed to provide you with support services to obtain college credentials or degrees. The program combines financial support with additional services such as career planning and student coaching, connection to community and public resources (e.g., transportation assistance, childcare centers, legal aid services, housing support, etc.) and career connections. 

Why should you participate?

Statewide Residents:

  • Support:
    • Enrollment support in registration, financial aid scholarships and more
    • 1:1 support to ensure progression toward the completion of a credential/degree  
    • connection and career support and transition back into the workforce
       
  • Scholarships:  
    • A COSI support person will work with you to understand the total cost of obtaining your degree, exploring federal aid and other scholarship opportunities
    • COSI Scholarship

Adams County Residents:

Adams county residents who fit the criteria can participate in a special pilot program offered through a partnership with One Million Degrees. 

One Million Degrees (OMD) is a student success program that supports students on their pathway to academic and career success. OMD provides holistic services that support students in school, work, and life.

It is free to participate. If accepted, OMD will provide you with personal, professional, academic, and financial support as you complete your academic journey.  Supports include but are not limited to:

·       A stipend of up to $1,000 per academic year

·       Additional funding to support your education (e.g. emergency funding, enrichment grants)

·       A professional coach to support your next step plans

·       A dedicated staff member to help navigate your college experience

·       A network of peers and community as you complete your certificate or degree

Are you eligible?

Participants must meet the following criteria:

Statewide Program:

  • Must plan to enroll or be enrolling at a Colorado public college or university in Fall 2021
  • Must be pursuing your first higher education certificate or degree (previous degree holders are ineligible) 
  • Undergraduate, in-state students who fit one of the following two categories:
    • Have "Some College, No Degree": Defined as students who earned some postsecondary credits from a public/private higher education institution but did not complete a credential or degree before deciding not to enroll for two or more consecutive semesters.
       
    • Are "First-time Students": Defined as students who were admitted to a public institution of higher education as a first-time student for the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 academic year but did not enroll at any institution for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Adams County Program:

  • Must plan to enroll or be enrolling at a Colorado public college or university in Fall 2021
  • Must be pursuing your first higher education certificate or degree (previous degree holders are ineligible) 
  • Must be an Adams county, Colorado resident who has "Some College, No Degree": Defined as students who earned some postsecondary credits from a public/private higher education
  • Must be 25+ years of age

Are you ready to get started? Apply for the program today!

Our Finish What You Started program is currently growing! Colleges across the state are getting ready to serve students. If you don't see an institution in your area below, sign up here and we will share your information with institutions across the state this Fall 2021 semester.

 Adams County Program Contacts

One Million Degrees (OMD) is currently enrolling students in The Finish What You Started program. This branch of the program will provide Adams County, Colorado adults, aged 25+, with support services to obtain college credentials or degrees.

Program

Contact Name

Contact Email

One Million Degrees

Rigo Rangel

rrangel@onemilliondegrees.org

 Colleges and Program Contacts

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