StraighterLine and Jefferson Community and Technical College Partner to Offer Exceptional Affordability in Earning a College Degree

StraighterLine and Jefferson Community and Technical College Partner to Offer Exceptional Affordability in Earning a College Degree

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Partnership focuses on removing cost as a barrier to a quality college education.

Alexandria, VA – StraighterLine (, announced today that Jefferson Community and Technical College (, a leading provider of open access, affordable, and quality education, has joined StraighterLine’s expanding partner college network.  StraighterLine partner colleges are all regionally accredited institutions that award college credit upon transfer for successfully completed online college courses from StraighterLine. With this partnership, students who successfully complete StraighterLine courses may now transfer these courses for full credit when they enroll with Jefferson Community and Technical College to complete their associate degrees. Students can take freshman and introductory-level classes from StraighterLine and save thousands of dollars on a four-year college degree.  With StraighterLine, students pay only $99 per month plus $39 per course started and can move as quickly or slowly through the material as they like. In addition to being reviewed by partner colleges, StraighterLine courses have been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Credit Recommendation Service and have met or exceeded the Distance Education and Training Council’s standards for online course quality. Currently StraighterLine offers nine entry-level college courses online, including College Algebra, Precalculus, English Comp I, English Comp II,  Accounting I, Accounting II, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Business Statistics and two developmental courses, with more to be offered soon.  StraighterLine partner colleges include the following institutions:

  • Charter Oak State College (
  • Kaplan University (
  • Western Governors University (
  • Fort Hays State University (
  • Jefferson Community and Technical College (
  • Lake City Community College (
  • Potomac College (

“Jefferson Community and Technical College is a leader in the region and a jewel in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.  By partnering with Jefferson, we continue the rapid expansion of our partner college network and add a very attractive option for our students once they finish their StraighterLine courses and are ready to enroll in a degree-granting program, especially in the Kentucky region” said StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith.  “Louisville just announced its goal to increase the area’s college-educated adult population by 55,000 over the next decade.  Together with Jefferson we offer one of the best values in higher education today, and I believe our partnership provides a much needed answer to those qualified students who haven’t started a college degree because of the cost.” ”We share with StraighterLine the belief that reducing cost as a barrier is a critical element to provide all qualified individuals an opportunity to earn a college degree, both here in Kentucky and more broadly across the US” said JCTC President Dr. Tony Newberry.  “As an open access college, Jefferson’s tuition is less than half of four-year institutions, and we encourage StraighterLine students to consider Jefferson Community and Technical College as the next step in reaching their goal of a college degree.”

About Jefferson Community and Technical College

Jefferson Community and Technical College, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the largest of 16 colleges forming the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. A public, comprehensive, postsecondary institution, Jefferson is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree. With about 15,000 students, six campuses and an extensive eLearning program, Jefferson is the region’s second largest college or university. However, students will find a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere, small classes and faculty and staff who care about their success. Students choose from among 70+ programs and more than 300 degree, diploma and certificate options, and can earn an associate degree that will transfer into four-year degree programs or prepare for a career in a wide range of fields from health care to business and industry. Contact information for Jefferson Community and Technical College: Lisa Brosky [email protected] (502) 213-2400

About StraighterLine                            

StraighterLine provides students with a new online option for getting started on a college degree – freshman-level college courses for only $99 a month, plus a one-time $39 per course started fee.  The program includes up to 10 hours of one-on-one instructional support. StraighterLine is a great way to tackle the escalating cost of four-year college tuition and avoid a mountain of student debt.  For students that move at the same pace as a traditional semester schedule courses ultimately cost less than $43 per credit hour.  Many students move through the material even faster though which allows for greater savings. Students who successfully complete StraighterLine online college courses receive credit when they enroll with any school in our rapidly expanding network of regionally accredited partner colleges.  In addition, the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT - has also evaluated and recommended college credit for StraighterLine courses.  ACE CREDIT helps students gain access to academic credit at colleges and universities for formal courses and examinations taken in settings outside traditional higher education.  For information, visit or call 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375).

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