MacMurray joins pilot program for degree completion
May 31, 2013
MacMurray College is one of two colleges selected to pilot a scholarship program aimed at making it possible for students with one year or less remaining to return to college in the coming fall and finish their degrees by May 2014.
With funding by AT&T, the pilot program, called Crossing the Finish Line, will offer five to seven students as much as $4,000 for tuition at MacMurray to finish their degrees in the coming academic year. The goal is to assist students who need only one more year of study or less to complete their degrees but have been prevented from doing so primarily by financial burdens. The pilot program funded by AT&T will be also offered at Loyola University Chicago.
To be eligible, prospective recipients must:
- Have a year or less of classwork to complete their bachelor’s degree. Part-time students who can complete their degrees by May 2014 will be considered;
- Stopped out of college, mostly due to financial reasons;
- Show continuing need for financial aid;
- Minorities will have preference.
“When students stop their college education for whatever reason, they often get hit twice – they still have to repay any loans they took out, but they don’t have the college degree to earn the higher salaries to pay for them,” said MacMurray Director of Financial Aid Laci Engelbrecht. “With AT&T’s financial help, we look forward to helping students make their dream of becoming a college graduate possible.”
Students may be able to qualify for other federal, state and MacMurray financial aid in addition to the Crossing the Finish Line grant. The program was made possible with help from Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities, which structured and secured the grant; and the Illinois Institute of Independent Colleges and Universities, which will administer the program.
The MacMurray College Office of Financial Aid has identified two former students who are good candidates and is seeking to reach about a dozen other former students who might be interested in the additional financial boost to complete their degrees.
However, the program is not restricted to former MacMurray students, and anyone who meets the criteria may apply. To receive the MacMurray degree in May, however, the last 30 hours of credit must be earned at MacMurray.
For more information or to apply for a Crossing the Finish Line grant, contact Laci Engelbrecht, director of financial aid at (217) 479-7043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.