Finish Line In the News

See what people are saying about the Finish Line program:

UofM celebrates graduates after a year of COVID: "Ten Years in the Making"

May 8, 2021 - Excerpt: "Abigail Bringle, 29, started at U of M in 2009 and attended the school for five years before leaving due to her anxiety and depression. But in the summer of 2020, she got in touch with her guidance counselor and re-enrolled through the Finish Line Program, which helps students who have not yet completed college but have a year or less of study to do to get their degree. 

She credited the program for making her educational accomplishment possible and encouraged others who have not finished their degrees to explore it.  

“We made a plan and it went from being this scary, horrible ‘I don’t know how I’m going to do this program' to very, very doable,” she said Friday. “I went to school for the last year straight, all summer long. I finally graduate tomorrow, and I just cannot believe it.” " Read the full article here >

Saylor Academy highlights partnership with the University of Memphis and Finish Line program in new video:

Saylor Academy: Getting to students to the "Finish Line"

July 8, 2020 - Read about how the Finish Line Program's partnership with Saylor Academy is helping serve students by providing unique resources to earn their degrees.....Read the article here >>


Patriot Bank Makes $25,000 Donation to UofM's Finish Line Program

June 4, 2015 - Patriot Bank is making a gift of $25,000 to the University of Memphis' Finish Line program. The gift was announced at today's meeting of the Millington Rotary Club.

The Finish Line program encourages students who have dropped out after earning 90 or more credit hours to return to school to finish their degrees at low or no cost. Many of these students have to abandon their dreams of earning a degree because they have exhausted their financial aid or due to social factors, such as having to work full time to support a family. Finish Line students may take traditional or online courses, and may receive Experiential Learning Credit for knowledge or skills gained outside the University. Some earn credit through national exams..... Read the full news release >

Committee for Economic Development - Blog

Helping More Students Complete College: The Role of Emergency Aid

October 27, 2012
Projects: Postsecondary Education Project,
By Monica Herk, Vice President of Education Research

This election season has brought much attention – at least among the Democrats – to increasing college enrollment. Proposals have ranged from making community college loan-free to making it completely free. But we know that simply getting more people started in college has little impact, if they fail to earn a degree or certificate. It's completion – not enrollment – we should care about, especially when it comes to four-year degrees........ Read the blog post >

Saylor.org - Blog

University of Memphis' "Finish Line" Program Expands With Saylor Academy Courses

Like many colleges and universities around the United States, the University of Memphis recognized that a segment of its student population needed additional supports and pathways to drive higher degree completion rates....... Read the post at saylor.org >

The Commercial Appeal - Local Newspaper

Sedgwick pledges $300,000 to UofM program for adults

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. has pledged $300,000 over three years to the University of Memphis to help adults complete degrees they started and stopped.........Learn more about their pledge >

High Ground News

Building a thriving city, one degree at a time

Government, non-profits and educational institutions are working in tandem to raise post-secondary education attainment in Memphis. The strategies are varied--from removing financial barriers to encouraging adults to return to school--but the outcomes are proving effective in creating a more competitive city......... Read More

New funding helps local adults finish college degrees

This week Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced the launching of Tennessee Reconnect, a state initiative that will help more adults return to school to complete their post-secondary education......Read the story >

Association of Public & Land - Grant Universities 

Foiling the Drop-Out Trap, Completion Grant Practices for Retaining and Graduating Students

February 22, 2016

Washington, DC – Determined to prevent low-income college students nearing graduation from dropping out, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) today released a report and implementation guide detailing how universities can use micro-grants to ensure such students complete their degree.

Among the program models highlighted in the report are the:

  • Finish Line Program, the University of Memphis degree completion program.
  • Panther Retention Grant Program offered by Georgia State University catch at-risk students with genuine unmet financial need on track for graduation.
  • Reclamation Initiative developed by Morgan State University to help reclaim dropped out students.
  • Home Stretch Program, the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis completion program for students in their fifth or sixth year of study, and
  • The Graduation Funds Program offered by Virginia Commonwealth University to support students nearing graduation who have not registered for their final semester.......Read Entire Article Here


Students Speak!!

The Students are speaking out as well. See what they have to say about their experience with the Finish Line Program!