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Nonprofit aims to help Dayton Public Schools students graduate college, avoid debt

Bottom Line has a new partnership with Dayton Public Schools.
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Bottom Line has a new partnership with Dayton Public Schools.

A nonprofit is partnering with Dayton Public Schools to help more students advance to college.

Bottom Line’s mission is to help students get accepted into college and choose a school that will not saddle them with overwhelming, long-term debt.

“Our goal is for no student to take out more than $31,000 in federal student loans over a six year period," said Bottom Line Ohio Executive Director James Cosby.

The organization focuses on first generation college students with at least a 2.5 GPA and who have limited resources.

Cosby says the program’s unique feature is each student is paired with an advisor who mentors them through college into their first job.

“We will continue to help that student every year while they're in college to make sure if there's any gaps that show up financially," Cosby said. "We help them fill those either with external scholarships. And then we do have an emergency fund we can utilize for students if they have a shortfall during their college career as well.”

Advising can include building balanced college lists, brainstorming, writing and revising college essays, applying for financial aid, identifying scholarships, and much more.

Bottom Line will serve its first Ohio cohort of students in fall 2024.

The organization is starting working with Dayton Public Schools, with the goal of expanding to other school districts.

The Connor Group, a locally-based real estate investment firm, is donating $3 million into this endeavor over the next five years. This is the same business behind a new private elementary school, The Greater Dayton School.

On April 24, Bottom Line hosted a sold out breakfast for interested families, using the The Greater Dayton School as the venue for the breakfast.

Kathryn Mobley is an award-winning broadcast journalist, crafting stories for more than 30 years. She’s reported and produced for TV, NPR affiliate and for the web. Mobley also contributes to several area community groups. She sings tenor with World House Choir (Yellow Springs), she’s a board member of the Beavercreek Community Theatre and volunteers with two community television operations, DATV (Dayton) and MVCC (Centerville).

Email: kmobley@wyso.org
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