Cutting Costs for College: How StraighterLine Provides an Affordable Pathway to Graduation with Online General Education Courses

Over the past few years, it has become widely known that high school students across America are spending billions on remedial courses.

When it comes to saving money on college tuition, general education requirements are often the low-hanging fruit. Many students take AP classes in high school. Others sign up for community college courses to save money before transferring to a 4-year institution.

Another option is to go online. Straighterline is a company that focuses specifically on online general education courses, allowing students to earn credits that can be transferred to over 100 colleges and universities.

We spoke with Burck Smith, Founder and CEO of Straighterline, about how his program can help students save money.



This podcast episode is sponsored by Inversant, a Boston-based nonprofit that helps lower- to middle-income families plan and save for college.

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Listen to the full series, “Challenges and Solutions for Student Financial Aid & Debt.”

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren is the General Manager of EdTech Times. A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.