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At AdvanceEDU we are deeply committed to providing low-cost, high-quality degrees. Tuition is set at $6,400 a year per year. There are no fees and since tuition is set right near the maximum Pell Grant award, most students will graduate with zero student debt.
Hybrid colleges are a new and thoughtful approach to earning a college degree. This model combines high-quality online college degrees from accredited and non-profit universities with in-person supports aimed at helping students succeed. Every student will have a personalized Success Coach, access to technology services, meals, child care support, career development opportunities, etc. These degrees are also self-paced and low cost so you can earn a degree around your schedule with little to no student debt upon completion. A degree is possible, we believe in a team approach to college and career, and we are with you every step of the way.
We plan to grow within Denver for the first three years and then expand more broadly after that. During that time, we will grow the number of higher education partners and major partners, as well as the number of businesses that are providing work-based learning opportunities for our students. Within ten years, we aim to have served 10,000 students and close our higher education equity gaps in Colorado.
AdvanceEDU launched in the spring of 2020, but because of the incredible success of some of our other hybrid college partners around the country, we know this model works and will give our students the best opportunity to succeed in college and career. Our outcomes are rooted in real data and we know this model we are building for – and with – you will exceed expectations. Based on our data we expect:
  • 80% of our students to earn their degree vs. 27% two-year colleges and 62% for four-year colleges in Colorado
  • 85% of our students to earn their degree with no debt

Our first two career pathways are Business and Healthcare Management. There are a number of occupations in each pathway, which you can learn more about on our College and Career Page. These occupations are aligned to Colorado’s highest need and highest growth industries. While salaries will depend on pathway and occupation, we estimate that average starting salaries for all AA earners will be $40,000 and $48,000 for all BA earners.

AdvanceEDU students will have access to several work-based learning experiences, including paid opportunities. These include but aren’t limited to internships, co-ops, and mentorships. AdvanceEDU partners will local companies and organizations who are intent on properly training their talent pipeline; meaning students will have great work experiences to build their resumes and professional networks. We will align these offerings to the career goals you have discussed with your Success Coach.
At AdvanceEDU we believe deeply in the importance of civic engagement, and it will be a foundational part of the AdvanceEDU experience. Through various opportunities such as discussions with other community leaders, volunteering, mentoring, and self-reflection students will develop their understanding and more importantly their identity as an engaged community leader.
AdvanceEDU Onboarding (AO) is a 6-week free trial period which has two main goals. The first is to ensure that you are ready academically, emotionally, logistically, and professionally to be (back) in school – and that the timing is right. Second, AO will help determine if AdvanceEDU and online learning is a good fit for you, and for us to make sure we can serve you well.
The AdvanceEDU Onboarding period is completely risk- and cost-free; if this ends up not being the right higher education opportunity for you, no problem! We will help you figure out other options available and always be open to returning should you change your mind.
Both AdvanceEDU and SNHU will work with students to ensure their needs are met. Most students find that between SNHU’s self-paced and flexible curriculum and free access to Read&Write literacy software, their learning needs are effectively supported. Students have unlimited time per assignment, there are no tests, there are multiple media resources available for each assignment, and students can resubmit assignments as needed without penalty. All students have free access to Read&Write literacy software for hearing text read aloud, using speech-to-text, screen masking, spell checking, and other accessibility needs, in addition to the online Writing Center, academic coaches, and 24/7 tutoring. SNHU’s Disability and Accessibility Services can provide additional accommodations for vision and hearing impairments, as well as Open Dyslexic Font and Equation software for math.
AdvanceEDU and SNHU both provide academic support and scaffolds for English language learners. A student’s Success Coach will help students identify their personal needs, the best aligned resources, and learning strategies that work for them. SNHU students have online access to the Writing Center, academic coaches, 24/7 tutoring, and skill-building workshops, among other resources. All students have free access to Read&Write literacy software for hearing text read aloud, using speech-to-text, picture dictionaries, spell checking, and more.
Since degrees are completed online, you will still have access to all needed course materials and academic tutoring. Students who need a computer will be provided one to complete all schooling and to communicate regularly with their Success Coach and fellow students. Coaching sessions will occur virtually instead of in-person, but the quality and frequency of this support will be unchanged.
Should a student require it, RTD passes will be provided for transportation needs. We also offer complimentary parking at our co-learning campus in downtown Denver.
AdvanceEDU provides laptops for all students who need them for the duration of their degree. You will be responsible for taking care of your computer and returning it to AdvanceEDU at the conclusion of your degree. We will also have access to wifi. Study space and other resources are available at our centrally located co-learning campus in downtown Denver.
AdvanceEDU will be providing onsite childcare each week, at days and times that are most helpful for our student parents.
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