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Financial Aid Program Gives Education Opportunities to Missouri Adults

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Sara Shahriari / KBIA

If you've ever thought about going to college or finishing your degree, a new state grant might help you get started.

The Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant is now offered at a selection of higher education institutions across the state. The program hopes to increase employment in high-demand careers and the percentage of working-age adults with higher education by offering financial assistance to those seeking degrees, certificates or industry-recognized credentials.

“There are people who go a different direction in their life, perhaps they didn’t have opportunities to pursue higher education. And I think this is a great way to get them thinking about that,” said Lynn Stichnote, the interim director of student financial aid at the University of Missouri. “And if that contributes to the economic engine of Missouri, that’s even better.”

Fast Track is available to prospective students in Missouri older than 25 or those who have not been enrolled in school within the last two years. Students must also have an annual salary of less than $80,000 when filing jointly, or $40,000 for others, according to the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development’s website.

To read more, visit our partners at the Columbia Missourian.