A Second Chance at Detroit Colleges
Andrew Kreighbaum, Inside Higher Ed
Dana Paglia’s path to graduation at Wayne State University has been a circuitous one. Paglia put her degree on hold in the winter semester of 2012 because her father was terminally ill. When she tried to re-enroll a year later, she was blocked by the university because of an outstanding $1,300 balance from her last semester there.
Paglia later became one of the first students to enroll in the Warrior Wayback program, an initiative Wayne State launched last year that has become a model for higher ed institutions in the Detroit metro area and is drawing attention from well outside the Midwest region. The program offers incremental amounts of debt forgiveness to students who left without graduating if they re-enroll and make progress toward earning a degree.