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Finish What You Started Program

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You May be Eligible for up to $3000 Annually to Finish What You Started at Aims!

Are you a student who:

  • Applied to a college or university between summer 2019 and spring 2021, but did not enroll in classes? 
  • Enrolled in a college or university and stopped out for two or more consecutive terms?

If you answered yes to either question and you are:

  • A Colorado resident (ASSET students are eligible); and
  • Certificate-seeking, enrolled in at least six credits; and be able to complete certificate by May 13, 2025.
  • Have no previous degree awarded in the state of Colorado; 
  • Have not received a certificate with 30 credits or more; and
  • Have financial need based on one of the following: FAFSA or CAFSA application responses, awarding of Pell or Colorado State Grants, living in a Qualified Census Tract, or an attestation of economic loss as a result of Covid-19 or other form of economic loss (documentation will be required).
  • The semester you apply to the program is your first semester at Aims

...then the Finish What You Started (FWYS) program is for you! FWYS offers 1-1 success coaching; academic and personal skill development; along with career and transfer transition support as you work towards completing your degree or certificate at Aims. The FWYS program will complement your academic advising experience and works in collaboration with faculty, Pathway, Aims2UNC and TRIO advisors. Participants will be eligible to receive up to $3000 annually.

Interested students, who are certificate-seeking and meet the above criteria, are encouraged to complete the interest form below and a Finish What You Started staff member will follow-up within (2) two business days.

Questions? Email or call 970-339-6490.

Grant Information

As part of the Finish What You Started (FWYS) Program, the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) awarded Aims Community College with a $1,250,756 grant. This grant money will be used to support scholarships, success coaching and career readiness skills for prospective students who have some college completed but no degree, as well as those who applied to college in 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 but did not attend. 

The goal of this program is to offset the decline of public higher education enrollment and the overall disruption to the workforce caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging students to return to college and complete a degree program. These funds will provide financial and academic support to prospective and current Aims students who have a goal of completing a degree program.

Students who previously attended college but did not finish, or anyone who applied to a college in the last two years but did not attend, is eligible to receive funds upon applying to Aims Community College.

More information about the FWYS program can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Jessie Rizo

Finish What You Started: Student Spotlight

Jessie came back to Aims after an eight-year absence from pursuing higher education. She saw this as a fresh start and a second chance. “I'm grateful to be able to do that,” she said.

Read Jessie's Story

Finish What You Started Faculty

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Rachel Veretto

Program Director III, Transitions Center
Gabriela Sanchez, Finish What You Started

Gabriela Sanchez

Program Coordinator II, Finish What You Started