The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Foundation awarded nearly $100,000 this fall to all 22 TCSG colleges via The Last Mile Fund. The Fund provides financial assistance to students who are at risk of dropping out of college due to the inability to pay tuition or fees to their respective college.
“We do everything we can to help ensure our students stay on track to graduate and are ready to join Georgia’s workforce,” said TCSG Commissioner, Greg Dozier. “The Last Mile Fund directly affects the ability of TCSG to retain and graduate more students each year, thereby providing a stronger skilled workforce for our state.”
According to a recent economic impact study conducted by TCSG, every dollar invested in a TCSG student results in $7.10 in higher future earnings over that student’s lifetime. The Last Mile Fund plays an important role in helping more students get across the finish line and reap the benefits of their investment.
“What we have found is that students who are at risk of dropping out only owe $250 on average,” said Dozier. “A couple of hundred dollars can mean the difference between a student leaving college or graduating with a credential that will prepare them for a rewarding career.”
Several Georgia-based companies, including Atlanta Gas Light, Georgia Power, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, and the Cola-Cola Foundation have donated to The Last Mile Fund since its launch.
Since its inception in 2018, more than $150,000 has been awarded to the colleges, helping 650 students remain enrolled.