Financial Aid Office

Last Mile Grant

The Last Mile Program is a new initiative supported by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU). The program provides financial assistance for undergraduate students who have exhausted their financial aid, and are within one to two semesters of graduation. The Last Mile Grant provides support of up to $1,200 per semester, based on financial need. The program is made possible by the generous donations to the Cleveland State University Foundation, for the Radiance Promise.

To be considered:

  1. You must be an Undergraduate, degree seeking student; one to two semesters from completing your first undergraduate degree.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen; and be in good academic standing.
  3. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at: www.fafsa.ed.gov
  4. Have unmet financial need towards direct costs: tuition and fees.

Application Process:

  1. Applicant must initiate the application process by completing an online application form by May 1st.
  2. Finalists will be selected and invited for an interview.
  3. All Finalists will be required to complete the application process which includes required meeting(s) with their academic advisors, completion of additional documentation, and submitting The Last Mile Academic Plan and Supplemental Activities forms. The forms will be provided during the interview.
  4. Scholarship recipients will be notified by email by August 1st.

All selected grant recipients are expected to complete a set of supplemental activities set forth by their academic advisors during the term.   Examples of these activities include Career Service Workshops, Tutoring, Success Coaching, and Loan Exit Counseling.  Scholarship funds will be provided in two installments during the term.  The first installment at the start of the term and the second installment upon completion of supplemental activities

The application deadline is May 1st.