Cost of Education

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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