from-the-provost-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – The Invest in Success program to help students pay for their education filled to capacity with 85 participants during its inaugural semester this spring.

Program coordinator Kelly Demand expects to have another full cohort of students on board for the fall semester. And Michael Highfill, director of research and proposal development for student success in the Office of the Provost, is seeking more funding so the program can help more students.

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Freshman participant Brandon Waugh.

“Students who were on the verge of leaving school for financial reasons are feeling relieved and hopeful,” Demand said. “Most significantly, students are taking more ownership of their education.”

“I feel more independent and able to look at my financial future and not freak out,” said freshman participant Shannon Emmons.

Through Invest in Success, low-income Washington State University students who save $1,000 in a year for school expenses will be eligible to have it matched with as much as $4,000.

Read some of the students’ stories on the provost’s blog at https://provost.wsu.edu/2016/04/26/invest-in-success/.

Find earlier articles about the program at https://news.wsu.edu/2015/10/13/from-the-provost-program-matches-student-savings/ and https://provost.wsu.edu/2015/10/13/saving-students/.