Cost of Education

  • 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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  • Education is Expensive – Lowering the Cost of College 

    Education is Expensive – Lowering the Cost of College 
    Beth Dumbauld

    College is expensive. With tuition going up by 70 percent or more in some parts of the country, even a public education seems to be slipping out of reach for a population whose earnings haven’t gone up at the same rate. At the same time, a college degree is more important than ever for students seeking well-paying careers. The solution for a generation of students: taking out loans to pay for education, and entering into costly payment plans. But as tuitions continue to rise, many people are questioning that concept too. Just how much debt should a person take on? Is there another way to make college affordable? There is another way, one that is quickly picking up steam: enrolling with affordable, accredited online institutions. H ...

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  • 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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