Technically Baltimore | 08.18.16

StraighterLine finds support from US Dept. of Education

By Stephen Babcock

A Baltimore edtech company is among a handful of entities selected for a new federal program that’s backing new approaches to higher education.

Under the U.S. Department of Education’s Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP), StraighterLine will team with a Texas community college to offer its lower-cost online college courses for general education.

For two associate’s degree programs offered at the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), StraighterLine will provide up to 75 percent of the coursework. The prices for those courses will be more in StraighterLine’s realm of $99 per credit.

Students taking the StraighterLine courses will be eligible for federal financial aid, which is a big change. For EQUIP, the Obama administration is effectively waiving rules that said students could not receive aid if 50 percent of the coursework came from another entity.

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