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Crossing the Finish Line

What is Crossing the Finish Line?Crossing the Finish Line One Pager

Across the state, thousands of Indiana high school students are just a few credits away from earning a high-quality credential – and we’re committed to helping each of them cross the finish line into a future full of success. Through Indiana’s Crossing the Finish Line initiative, Hoosier students can complete their high-quality credential, technical certificate, or another short- or longer-term credential for free during the summer!

Crossing the Finish Line provides free tuition and books (and covers fees!) at Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University for students who are just a few credits away from completing their credential. This allows students to:

  • Save money,
  • Pursue their goals, and
  • Jumpstart a successful future!

Continuing the Momentum

In 2021, the state of Indiana launched the Crossing the Finish Line Initiative to increase postsecondary completions. During the first year of the program, Indiana was able to serve nearly 1,900 K-12 students from over 275 high schools, saving them and their families over $1.4 million in tuition/fee awards and textbooks. This includes over 700 total (additional) completions. Each year since, there has been a year-over-year increase in the number of students seizing this opportunity. In 2023 alone, over 3,900 students and families saved over $8 million in tuition, fees, and textbooks.

To continue this positive momentum, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) – in partnership with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University – are once again making this program available in summer 2024. Stay tuned for additional information in the coming weeks!