Crossing the Finish Line initiative returns this summer

For the second consecutive summer, thousands of Indiana high school students will have the opportunity to accelerate the completion of a high-quality credential, including the Indiana College Core, an associate degree or a career and technical education certificate, for free through Crossing the Finish Line.

The initiative is a partnership between the Indiana Department of Education, Commission for Higher Education, Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University.

It is available this summer to any high school student who is just a few classes away from completing a postsecondary certificate or a high-demand credential. This may include the Indiana College Core, a 30-credit hour block of general education college-level courses or a postsecondary CTE certificate through a program of study.

In 2021, the initiative helped nearly 1,900 high school students from more than 275 high schools complete a credential or a certificate, saving those students and their families more than $1.4 million in tuition, fees, books and other expenses.

Tuition, fees, books and the cost of obtaining transcripts and any required College Level Examination Program tests will be covered at Ivy Tech or Vincennes for students participating in the initiative.

School counselors have been provided with a list of eligible students so they can help empower students and families through this process. Additionally, eligible students will be contacted directly by either Ivy Tech or Vincennes via email and postcard, alerting them of their eligibility.

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