March 2016

  • Finding a Biology Lab Online: A StraighterLine Success Story

    Beth Dumbauld

    Cynthia Matthews was sitting in her student advisor’s office at Grambling State University. With the help of her student advisor, she was going through a last-minute checklist to finalize the details of her upcoming graduation. It was a proud moment for this mother of five. She had completed all of the requirements necessary to earn her bachelor’s degree. “After my last child finished high school, people would ask me what was I going to do with myself,” said Cynthia. “For me, it was never a question. I was going to go back to school and earn my college degree.” Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! Education has always been extremely important to Cynthia. “I work at a high school as an admini ...

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  • Why is College So Expensive?

    Why is College So Expensive?
    Beth Dumbauld

    College has always been a major life expense. However, it wasn't until relatively recently that paying for college became a perceived life sentence to student loan debt. Over time, the economics of earning a college degree shifted. It moved from being a financially accessible credential for getting ahead, to becoming a financially burdensome necessity for getting by. And here’s why: college has become more expensive relative to income, meaning a larger chunk of your paycheck is needed to pay for your college costs. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! Fortunately, there are steps you can take today to reduce those costs--but first, let’s get a better idea of the reality of college expenses. A Catch-2 ...

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  • 3 New Universities Added for More Degree Savings: StraighterLine Monthly Partner Highlights

    3 New Universities Added for More Degree Savings: StraighterLine Monthly Partner Highlights
    Beth Dumbauld

    We’re excited to introduce Bethel University, Franklin University, and National Louis University as our newest StraighterLine partner colleges. Franklin University and National Louis University are also participating in StraighterLine’s Partner Scholarship Program. Whether you are currently enrolled--or plan to enroll--at any one of the nearly 100 accredited schools in our college savings network, you are guaranteed to receive full course credit for the pre-approved general education courses you take at StraighterLine. Which courses will transfer? Check out the course equivalency agreements located on each school's partner page. Ready to try one of our general education college courses? Sign up for a free trial today! Bethel Univ ...

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  • 9 Famous Women Who Went Back to College

    9 Famous Women Who Went Back to College
    Beth Dumbauld

    As we celebrate Women's History Month, we're proud to honor working women who went back to school to earn their college degree. We hope you will be inspired to pursue your own dreams by these empowering stories of famous women who returned to college while working, raising children, and living a fulfilling life. With determination, discipline, and dedication to the pursuit of an education, these women prove that lifelong learning is the greatest achievement of all. Which courses will transfer to your dream degree? Get your free personalized degree plan today! J.K. Rowling J.K. Rowling needs no introduction. As author of the immortal Harry Potter series, her enduring fame is assured. But it hadn’t always been that way for the ...

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  • Love What You Do & Earn a Bachelor's Degree Faster: A StraighterLine Success Story

    Love What You Do & Earn a Bachelor's Degree Faster: A StraighterLine Success Story
    Beth Dumbauld

    Deirdre Henderson is very clear about her educational and career goals. However, that hasn’t always been the case. When she first started working at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide seven years ago as an executive assistant, she was just glad to have a job and an employer that she liked. Also, she enjoyed working in the hotel industry. Then she discovered accounting - and in that field, she found her calling. In fact, she loves it: “The accounting department was located next to the office where HR was located. Over time, I became interested in what they were doing for the company, and eventually took a position in accounts payable. As soon as I started working in the accounting department, I decided this is it. This is what I wa ...

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