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Reach Higher is an adult degree completion initiative led by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. 

Reach Higher: DirectComplete

African-Americans Can Reach Higher

Oklahoma Reach Higher student graduating from Langston University.

It’s no secret that American higher education has a dropout problem. About one in three students who enroll in college never earn a degree. Many lower-income and middle-class students excel in high school only to falter in college and then struggle to get good jobs. Students who complete their degrees typically go on to earn…

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Resources for Single Parents to Go Back to College

Student at Eastern Oklahoma State College

There are many resources for single parents who want to return to school to complete their college degree. Click on the links to go to the appropriate website for more information about the scholarship/grant and application process. There are seven scholarships available for single moms: Beatrice F. Kroesche Memorial Scholarship Bernice Murray Scholarship…

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Four Tips for Single Parents Returning to School

Father And Young Son Reading Book Together

Single parents can finish their degrees, too. Returning to school after having a child presents its own set of challenges, but those challenges can be magnified if you don’t have a plan. Here are four tips for single parents returning to school to complete their college degree. Tip #1 Write Down Your Goals Make your…

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Reach Higher: DirectComplete is for Veterans, Too.

Photo of Veteran

Are you a veteran? Have you served or are you currently serving in one of the U.S. armed forces? You may still qualify for the DirectComplete program even if you are receiving GI Bill or Veterans Affairs’ education benefits. Check out this link to see our program eligibility requirements Each participating college and university…

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Reach Higher can help you finish your degree!


College and university campuses and Tribal Higher Education offices across the state will be open for working adults and potential students during extended hours, July 29 through Aug. 1. Find locations, dates and times near you, or at your preferred campus, by viewing our map at Participating campuses and Tribal Higher Education departments with…

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It Can Be Your Time…RECONNECT Now!


Find out how you can finish your degree at a Reach Higher: RECONNECT event near you. There will be free, family-friendly activities at your local college or university on July 27. Find resources and a dedicated navigator to assist you in going back to college. Reach Higher: RECONNECT. Saturday, July 27, 2019. Get information about an event near you at

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DirectComplete student interest form now available online

DirectComplete: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M

We officially launched Reach Higher: DirectComplete on November 14, 2018, and with our student interest form active online, we are currently recruiting students to enroll for the current semester. If you have not done so, please check out our DirectComplete webpages, and familiarize yourself with the student interest form and your institution’s contact page at…

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DirectComplete focuses on critical occupations

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEOAM) Fire Dawgs.

The Reach Higher: DirectComplete program is focused on 100 critical occupations, as listed by the Oklahoma Works Critical Occupations list. Typically, financial aid support, supportive services and navigator assistance will be provided to nontraditional students pursuing degrees that are associated to a critical occupation at a Reach Higher: DirectComplete participating college or university. However, when…

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