Finish-What-You-Started provides a path to a degree for students who separated from college prior to receiving their degrees. The University recognizes that financial barriers may prevent re-enrollment. With assistance from the U.S. Department of Education and the R.I. Office of Higher Education, the University of Rhode Island is pleased to provide scholarships for qualified FWYS participants.
Qualified students will receive up to $500 and may receive one scholarship per academic year. Students must match the grant dollar for dollar. (For example, a student receiving $250 will be expected to contribute $250.) Scholarships, which do not have to be repaid, will be awarded to cover educational expenses (tuition, fees, textbooks, educational supplies) previously incurred or expected to be incurred at the University of Rhode Island.
The grant is intended to assist students in re-enrollment, not to cover 100% of educational costs. Those returning to college are strongly encouraged to speak with an advisor about other scholarship and financial aid opportunities.
- Must be a Finish-What-You-Started Program participant.
- Must demonstrate financial need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov (Use School Code 003414).
- Must be admitted as a matriculating student in an undergraduate, degree-granting program at the University of Rhode Island.
- Must be planning to earn a degree at the University of Rhode Island or Rhode Island College.
- Must be no more than 40 credits away from earning a degree. (Generally this means having earned at least 80 college credits.)