The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the Questa Education Foundation in Fort Wayne are launching a program to help students overcome financial barriers and advance their careers. The Degree Finish Line program will help students pay off existing student debt to finish their degrees or certificates.
The organization says local institutions are partnering with Questa to forgive up to $4,000 of outstanding balance. Questa is planning to provide up to $5,000 a year in additional funding.
“Programs like Degree Finish Line are critical to helping our region attain 60% of the population with a postsecondary degree or credential,” said Ryan Twiss, vice president of talent initiatives at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “Northeast Indiana is able to implement this unique program because of the exceptional collaboration of our regional colleges and universities and the expertise of Questa Education Foundation in helping students finance their college education.”
Residents of the eleven counties of northeast Indiana are eligible to apply, including Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, LaGrange, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley. Participating and partnering institutions include: Grace College, Huntington University, Indiana Tech, Indiana Wesleyan University, Ivy Tech Community College, Manchester University and Trine University.
The program was developed with the Northeast Indiana Colleges and Universities Network. The organization says the partnership builds on the 2019 Talent Hub designation by Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation.