College Costs

  • How Much Will It Cost To Go Back To College? | 8 Ways

    How Much Will It Cost To Go Back To College? | 8 Ways
    Stacy Ruddy

    Jeanne Ogden never completed college. “I did about two years of coursework about 25 years ago,” she tells us, “and now I want to figure out how to finish up and earn my college degree. But I just read an article that says that college is going to cost me $40,000 a year now. But really, how much will it cost to go back to college today? It could be even more!” It's true that college costs have been on the rise for years, but they can be a lot less with some effort and research. We recommend students do some work upfront to discover how to save money the entire time you're working on completing a college degree. Not sure where to start? Download our free guide on How to Go back to College today! Here are eight ways to save so ...

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  • 3 Myths of Online Courses

    3 Myths of Online Courses
    Beth Dumbauld

    By Nick Carter If you’ve never experienced an online course first-hand, what you know about them might be less fact and more fiction. As a student advisor here at StraighterLine, I can help you feel confident about taking your college classes online. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! Let's break down the three biggest myths surrounding online courses. Myth 1: Online courses are easy! Online courses aren’t easier; they’re just as challenging as traditional courses. A better word to describe online courses would be convenient. Online courses are allow 24/7 course access, eBooks are readily available so you can complete coursework on the go, and personalized tutoring services are available on-dema ...

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  • Finding The Best Scholarships Online

    Finding The Best Scholarships Online
    Beth Dumbauld

    Whether you are looking to earn your degree online, on-campus, or through a competency-based education program, one of the best ways to lower your cost of college is by getting a scholarship. When adult learners first start considering a college degree, one of their most pressing concerns is how to afford it. A quality scholarship can make all the difference. Scholarship Help Is Available to Students Like You – Really Around $46 billion in scholarships and grant money is given out each year through individual colleges and universities as well as the U.S. Department of Education. $3.3 billion in funding is also provided annually by private sector organizations like corporations, associations, and foundations. That’s ...

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  • StraighterLine CEO Discusses College Affordability on Maryland Public Television

    Beth Dumbauld

    Our CEO, Burck Smith founded StraighterLine to empower students to affordably earn their college degree. If you’d like to hear more ideas about how higher education can be improved, here’s an interview that Burck recently gave on the future of higher education for Maryland Public Television. Want to try an online class? Take two free lessons on us today! Watch StraighterLine CEO Burck Smith on Maryland Public Television discuss affordable college options and see why more students are opting for low-cost online courses to earn credit for their degree. We have 100+ accredited partner schools. Get your free personalized degree plan today! ...

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  • 100th Partner College – The Tipping Point?

    100th Partner College – The Tipping Point?
    Burck Smith

    A little over five years ago, I founded StraighterLine to empower students to affordably earn their college degree. At the time, college tuition was rising four times the rate of inflation, median family asset value was dropping by a third, and more job postings than ever required a degree. In short, a degree was more necessary, more expensive and students had less ability to pay. The story remains much the same today. This wasn’t, and isn’t, normal. With nearly 1/3 of college students taking at least one online class and nearly 90% of colleges offering online courses, prices should fall like they have in every other industry that has incorporated online delivery. But this has not been the case. So, StraighterLine was started to d ...

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