If you started your college degree but didn’t finish, you’re not alone. In fact, data has shown that upwards of 31 million students have earned some college credit but left before completing a degree or certificate. The simple fact is that life happens, and there are countless reasons why so many students step out of college before graduating.
But we want you to know that if your dream is to earn a degree, you can do it! Even if it’s been a year--or 10 years or 20 years--it’s never too late to go back and finish what you started.
At StraighterLine, we want to help you achieve the goal of a college degree, but we also want to encourage you to think about smarter ways to complete your education. For example, you can save both time and money if you just do a bit of research and think outside of the box. Rather than taking the traditional route, here are some smarter strategies to consider:
1 - Consider alternative credit pathways.
Students who are looking to complete college courses while balancing work, family, and other obligations can benefit tremendously from programs that offer an alternative to the traditional on-campus, semester-based system. For example, at StraighterLine, all of our courses are 100% online and self-paced, which means you complete coursework on your own schedule, and on your own terms.
Another option might be a program that offers prior learning assessment through portfolio submission. Whatever your individual situation, there is bound to be a program that works for your needs, so be sure to do your research as you move closer to fulfilling your education goals--and choose a program that works for you.
2 - Take advantage of scholarships.
Once again, be sure to do your research! Shockingly, billions of dollars in free college funding goes unclaimed each academic year, so make sure to check out all avenues of financing your college degree. For example, StraighterLine has over 100 partner colleges, and some of these schools have chosen to participate in a scholarship program.
Students completing four or more StraighterLine courses are eligible to receive additional tuition discounts and scholarships at these participating colleges. The bottom line is, why pay more than you need to for a quality education?
3 - Work while you go to college.
If your goal is to graduate with less debt, you might consider working while you attend college so you can pay for some of your tuition out-of-pocket. This may seem daunting, but StraighterLine helps solve the #1 issue facing students today--the skyrocketing cost of college--with high quality online courses that prepare students for success. Our $99-per-month subscription, combined with affordable one-time course fees, will help you complete courses without the burden of student loan debt.
And students who enroll with a scholarship partner can save even more. Because the courses are self-paced, they’re a great option if you are working while you take classes. You can make progress in your courses before or after work, on the weekends, or even on your lunch break! And if you are worried about taking that next step and committing yourself to college coursework, you can get your feet wet by taking a free trial at StraighterLine, which leads us to the next and final tip:
4 - Try a course for free!
StraighterLine invites prospective students to take two free lessons from our most popular online college courses, including College Algebra, English Comp, US History, and others. A free trial could be just the ticket if you are wanting to gauge the feasibility of going back to school.
Whatever your current situation, if your goal is to complete your degree, StraighterLine is here to help. We want you to make the best, smartest choices when it comes to higher education, so start doing your research now! There’s no time like the present to go back and finish what you started.