Paying for College

  • Four Steps to Using Your Employer’s Tuition Assistance Program

    Four Steps to Using Your Employer’s Tuition Assistance Program
    Beth Dumbauld

    Earning your college degree while working is a smart career move. It increases your value to your employer (and in turn, your job security), and it improves your career trajectory. By continuing to work while getting your degree, you can maintain your income, reduce your reliance on loans  – and if your employer offers a Tuition Assistance Program, you could even come out ahead. Working while earning your degree? Download our FREE Guide to Working While Going to College What Is a Tuition Assistance Program? Simply put, a Tuition Assistance Program is a program, generally run through an employer’s human resources department, where employees can take college courses paid for by that employer. According to the IRS, you can excl ...

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  • Fisher College Added to Partner College Scholarships

    Fisher College Added to Partner College Scholarships
    Beth Dumbauld

    Our Partner College Scholarship program is expanding! We are proud to welcome Fisher College as our newest participating partner college. Save up to 74% on your degree with a Fisher College & StraighterLine partner college scholarship. Fisher College is one of a growing number of StraighterLine Partner Colleges to launch a benefit program exclusively for StraighterLine transfer students. Here’s how it works: Complete just 4 StraighterLine courses to be eligible for a Fisher College Scholarship. Take the maximum number of courses at StraighterLine that fit into your degree program and save even more on your degree from Fisher College. Your Degree Is Now More Affordable All our Participating Partner Colleges hav ...

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  • Financial Aid for Online Courses?

    Financial Aid for Online Courses?
    Beth Dumbauld

    The time in which a student can use financial aid, such as a Pell Grant, to help pay for StraighterLine courses may be on its way to becoming a real possibility. “Political support is building for a system to encourage and oversee higher education upstarts that don't look or act like colleges, such as online course providers and coding boot camps. And these emerging players soon may have a pathway to accreditation and even federal financial aid eligibility, albeit in limited or experimental form.” That’s the insight from Paul Fain in his recent article for Inside Higher Ed, which highlights StraighterLine's innovative education model of offering affordable general education courses to students in a low risk environment. “There ar ...

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  • 6 Ways To Make the Most of Your Post-9/11 GI Bill Before Starting College

    6 Ways To Make the Most of Your Post-9/11 GI Bill Before Starting College
    Beth Dumbauld

    Looking to maximize your education benefits? As a military veteran who served on active duty after 9/11, you’ve earned military veterans education benefits that are intended to take you where you want to be in the next chapter of your career. The best time to make the most of your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits is prior to starting the clock on benefit use. You have many educational options. It pays to take the time to find an educational path which will best match your post-military aspirations. We have close to 100 partnership schools, see if your school is listed! Here are 6 ways to maximize your benefits before you enroll in college: 1 - Have a clear vision. Success in the military required you to know your job, your mission, to ...

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  • Here's How to Pay the Lowest Price for Your College Classes this Summer

    Here's How to Pay the Lowest Price for Your College Classes this Summer
    Beth Dumbauld

    Today’s post is the fourth in a series of practical tips on how to save money on college. Today’s saving money on college tip is: Take your summer college classes online. When you create a degree plan that includes taking your summer college classes online, you will be able to affordably earn college credit for the prerequisites or general education courses required for your degree program. No only do you benefit from the low cost structure of online college courses (cheap college credit!), you also benefit from StraighterLine's mission to make the online experience for these courses even better than what traditional colleges offer. Online, you can start taking low price summer classes for as little as $99 per month throug ...

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