“We recognize the needs of a student and we see the barriers they face when pursuing an education so we are working diligently to make classes affordable,” said Eastern Kentucky University’s Executive Director Dr. Melissa Newman at November’s Chamber of Commerce Meeting.
According to Newman, EKU has been selected to join “Degrees When Due” - a national initiative of the Institute for Higher Education Policy to help students with some credits to complete their degrees.
“Right now, there are over 60,000 people in the state of Kentucky who have a piece of a degree and a whole lot of debt,” said Newman. “It is crippling to our families and it’s also crippling to our economy.” She added, “We will work to bring students here, get them started, and help them move forward.”
EKU will work with “Degrees When Due” to create an efficient pathway that will address the needs of students who are in default with their student loans so that they can begin the process of completing their degrees and start the career they have always wanted with a clean slate.
“Our goal is to advise you and help you graduate,” said Newman. “We want you to finish your degree in the least amount of time possible, with the least amount of debt possible.”
“Degrees When Due” will grant EKU access to a variety of resources to help more students complete their degrees and to help the institution audit students’ previously earned and transfer credits to determine the most efficient pathway to graduation. Newman explained this initiative is set to take place in 2020.