Rep. Ramos Offers "Finish Fund" To Improve College Completion Rates
New program proposal targets successful students without resources required to finish their education
June 19, 2013
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State Representative Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) introduced House Bill 209 this week to help drive-up college completion rates across Ohio. The grant based program, known as The Finish Fund, would reward the hard work of college students who have demonstrated their ability and commitment to being academically successful. The Finish Fund would ensure that these students have the funds necessary to finish their degree programs.

“Recognizing the challenges of developing a 21st century workforce is necessary for attracting new businesses and high-paying jobs to our state,” said Rep. Ramos. “I believe it is crucial that, as a state, we have a program in place that is committed to graduating those nearest completion. The Finish Fund would help those who have a demonstrated financial need and academic ability necessary to finish college. Ohio needs to ensure that financial hardship does not get in the way of college students crossing the finish line.”

The Finish Fund would be made available to college juniors and seniors at public and private non-profit universities who are enrolled in a declared academic program; made satisfactory academic progress towards completion; and who have exhausted all other methods of available financial aid. 

“Ultimately, we should be looking to help those who want to do better for themselves and better for their families,” Rep. Ramos added.

Remaining program funds would be made available to community college students in their second year of study, who have demonstrated the same academic ability and financial need.

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