Finish Line

The University of Memphis Finish Line Program

The UofM Finish Line Program assists students who have completed 90 or more credit hours but have regrettably had to abandon their dreams of completing a college degree. Many have demonstrated the ability to be successful in college and are within a single academic year of successful graduation (i.e. 30 hours). Yet the primary reason for withdrawal at 90+ hours is exhausted financial aid and related external situations, such as needing to work full-time to support a family.

To qualify for our  program, students must:

  • Have 90 or more earned credit hours

  • Have a stop-out period of at least one semester (fall or spring)

  • Have an overall and University of Memphis grade point average of at least 2.0

  • Have a maximum of 30 credit hours remaining

To verify that you meet the qualifications of the program and to be considered as a participant, please submit your information here.

Since the fall 2013 semester, 835 students have mapped out cost-effective degree completion plans and graduated from the university. Click Here to hear their stories!

One such student was Aniysha who had earned 108 credit hours but was unable to finish her degree as planned because her financial aid opportunities were exhausted in the fall 2012 semester. Aniysha was contacted in October 2013 and shared that she had been working to save money to return to the University. Through the Finish Line program, she completed 4 online, self-paced courses that had been pre-assessed by faculty members through the Experiential Learning Credit program. Working with the Finish Line team Aniysha graduated in December earning the bachelor's degree she thought was just out of her reach.

Watch Aniysha's video to learn more of her story and what's next now that she has achieved one of her dreams!





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 More>>>