Purdue University Global, OnlineDegree.com partner to make higher education more affordable in light of COVID-19

WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue University Global has partnered with OnlineDegree.com to offer adults across the country access to a more affordable and flexible college education in light of COVID-19.

The partnership allows prospective Purdue Global students to satisfy certain general education requirements through OnlineDegree.com’s self-paced online courses and to do so tuition-free. Not only can students benefit from a significant reduction in educational costs, it helps overcome traditional barriers that often inhibit adult students from pursuing their degree.

Purdue Global Provost Jon Harbor

“Purdue University Global is proud to offer our students an outstanding, flexible education that grows their skills and advances their careers,” Purdue Global Provost Jon Harbor said. “Our partnership with OnlineDegree.com is an additional pathway to Purdue Global that makes higher education even more accessible and allows us to help even more adult students achieve their professional goals.”

OnlineDegree.com is an innovative learning platform in higher education’s ed-tech space that gives anyone the ability to test-drive the college experience and receive college credit toward their degree at no charge. Working adults, who are often reluctant to approach college due to general anxieties, financial concerns and restrictive work responsibilities, can begin working toward their degree without the need or expense of traditional applications, entrance exams or initial costs. OnlineDegree.com works with participating accredited universities to award transfer credit for students’ completion of the courses.

Grant Aldrich, founder of OnlineDegree.com

“The aftermath of COVID-19 has left millions of jobless people in the country who need new skills and education,” said Grant Aldrich, founder of OnlineDegree.com. “Purdue Global is already a known institutional leader in providing excellent adult-focused education. Our partnership during these difficult times will make that high-quality education even more accessible to those people across the country who desperately need it.”

Through the partnership with OnlineDegree.com, prospective Purdue Global students will have up to 44 units of available credit that could be applied toward their degree, reducing their cost and time to complete their degree.

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global delivers personalized online education tailored to the unique needs of adults who have work or life experience beyond the classroom, enabling them to develop essential academic and professional skills with the support and flexibility they need to achieve their career goals. It offers personalized paths for students to earn an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations – no matter where they are in their life journey. Purdue Global serves 34,000 students (as of April 2021), most of whom earn their degree online. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University’s flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest Indiana, as well as serving science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus. For more information, visit purdueglobal.edu.

About OnlineDegree.com
On a mission to make higher education more affordable and accessible for everyone, OnlineDegree.com is a team of startup veterans and leading academics who believe everyone should have the ability to go to college. Through its free platform, students can test drive different courses and subjects on their own schedule, be better prepared for college-level coursework, and could receive college credits toward their degree at participating universities throughout the United States. Working adults now have a bridge to start their path back to school regardless of their finances or busy schedules.

Information: Purdue Global: Tom Schott tschott@purdue.ed, OnlineDegree.com: Press Team 

Sources: Jon Harbor

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