Working Scholars Program Helps California Residents To Earn Tuition-Free College Degrees

One of the most stressful parts of the college experience is finding ways to pay for it. Sure, there’s student loans and scholarships, but, at the end of the day, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, or so it seems. However, in recent years, new programs have come out of the woodwork essentially offering tuition-free college courses. One examplie is the Working Scholars tuition-free college program, which allows residents of certain Bay Area cities to earn a bachelor’s degree at no cost.

How does the program work?

Launched in January 2017 in California, the Working Scholars program originally focused on the Mountain View area but eventually branched out to Gilroy, Sunnyvale and East Palo Alto, with plans to eventually branch out to other Bay Area cities. Students who enroll complete the majority of course requirements online through, which employs animated video lessons and study tools at the middle school level through college and beyond. Creating 150 courses for college credit by the American Council on Education and/or the National College Credit Recommendation Service; students then transfer to Thomas Edison State University, a four-year accredited university, to finish their final online requirements.
At this time, the program has seen a 90% retention rate; hundreds are currently enrolled in the program, with over 1,000 individuals applying to the program.

People are sharing their testimonies about the program

Lisa Gauthier, the vice mayor of East Palo Alton is one such person who has been involved in the Working Scholars program. According to Forbes, she gave the following statement concerning her experiment:

“I always knew I wanted to get my degree, but traditional school was out of reach financially, especially since my two daughters’ college education came first.”
“The Working Scholars program was so appealing to me not just because it’s cost free, but the platform is really convenient to use. I can access all the content on my phone or laptop or squeeze in lessons in between meetings or just before heading to bed at night.”

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