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Working Scholars
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Working Scholars

A Tuition-Free Bachelor's Degree for Working Adults

The Challenge We Are Facing

While Silicon Valley is arguably the global epicenter of economic opportunity, we recognize that not everyone has equal access to participate in the region's prosperity. The tech boom has brought with it tremendous job growth, but also skyrocketing housing costs making the bay area no longer affordable for many residents. A bachelor's degree is often the key to economic advancement, but it remains out of reach for many people. High tuition costs along with work and family responsibilities are preventing many working adults from obtaining the degree they need

Over 31 million adults in the U.S. have earned some college credit but don't have a degree.

The Solution: A Tuition Free Bachelors Degree, Entirely Online

Built for Mobile

Take courses on your phone anytime

Community Funded

Inexpensive to implement; not paid for with tax dollars

Convenient

Flexible 5-minute lessons; great for working adults

Tuition Free

No out-of-pocket expenses for students

Participating cities

Working Scholars has launched with great success in the following cities. The program is growing quickly!

Don't see your city?

If you would like to bring a Working Scholars program like this to your city or business, please email workingscholars@study.com

How the Model Works

PRIVATE
Study.com

Tech disruptor providing low-cost online college courses and study tools

PUBLIC
Thomas Edison State University

Provides online course and is the accredited 4 year institution that grants the bachelor's degree

COMMUNITY
City or Chamber of Commerce

Connects, evangelizes and fundraises for the program

CORPORATE
Sponsors

Donate funds to establish community scholarships

NON-PROFIT
Scholarship custodian

Silicon Valley Community Foundation serves as scholarship custodian

STUDENTS

A community of working adults for support and networking

It's Time to Get that Degree

Yes, all costs covered for students

All student costs are covered by scholarships, employee tuition assistance, and grants. Scholarships are provided on a first come first serve basis and are available to anyone who completes enrollment requirements.

Who is Eligible?

Any one who:
  • Lives or works in a participating city
  • Has a high school degree or equivalency
  • Is older than 13
"I was so set on it being too good to be true, it had to be some type of gimmick but I had nothing to lose by gathering some information. I am now enrolled for FREE, working towards my Bachelors in Business Administration."
Madison Clousing, Barista at Starbucks

How it Works for Students

Applying & Prerequisites
  • Get 3 months access to Study.com to preview the learning platform by completing the "College Readiness" Intro Course
  • Qualify for your scholarship by successfully completing your first course "Personal Finance 102"
Taking Classes
  • Complete courses for credit on Study.com and maintain monthly goals set up by your success coach
  • Create your degree plan with the help of your success coach and get help transferring any previously earned college credit
Getting your degree
  • Transfer your credits to Thomas Edison
  • Complete your final course(s) from Thomas Edison
  • Graduate with a bachelor's degree from an accredited public institution

Study.com fits into your schedule

Microlearning to fit any busy schedule

Lessons are 4-6 minutes long and each has an accompanying quiz to demonstrate learning.

Learn on the go

Mobile apps, for iOS and Android, bring learning to the palm of your hand. Lessons can be downloaded for offline viewing.

On demand

Courses are self-paced and available 24/7.

  • Over 95 college courses
  • 19,000+ video lessons
Success coaches

Our coaches are there to help students every step of the way, from degree planning and transfer assistance, to providing motivation and support.

Community Support & Networking

As a part of the working scholars community, you have a network of peers who understand your challenges, and the alumni support of Thomas Edison State University.

Courses on Study.com

Study.com offers over 95 flexible, online college courses that students can take on their own schedule. The courses consist of a sequence of short, 5-minute video lessons that students can watch on their phone or computer. Students can study in five minute bursts or for hours at a time. The schedule and pace is up to each student.
Why You'll Love Your Study.com Membership

With 15,000+ video lessons covering every subject, you're guaranteed to find what you need to study.

Study.com video lessons are short and engaging. Expert instructors break down tough concepts with easy-to-understand examples. Plus, each video has a complete transcript so that you can learn the way that works best for you.

Check your mastery and build confidence with hundreds of practice questions for each course.

Each lesson has quiz questions to help you quickly check your comprehension, and every course includes comprehensive chapter and practive tests. Complete these tests as many times as you want to ensure mastery.

Take notes on important topics and we'll keep them organized for you to review later.

Quickly and easily jot down notes as you work through your course. All your notes will be saved on your Dashboard for you to review and revise whenever you need to study.

Create your own study schedule that helps you stay on track with your goals.

Organize your studying with ease with Study Trainer. Set days and times that work for you, and never miss a study session with convenient email reminders.

Through our mobile app, you can download lessons to watch offline, no matter where you are.

The Study.com mobile app is free to download on iOS or Android for all members. Take your courses with you in your pocket, track your progress across devices, and even watch lessons offline!

Show off your accomplishments and boost your resume with proof of the courses you completed.

Complete 100% of quizzes in a course to earn your Certificate of Completion, which you can use to track your educational progress, provide proof to your employer, showcase your continuing education, and more.

Ready to get started?

Check below to see if your city is listed!

Participating cities

Working Scholars has launched with great success in the following cities. The program is growing quickly!

Don't see your city?

If you would like to bring a Working Scholars program like this to your city or business, please email workingscholars@study.com

See What Students Are Saying

Jaymie Concepcion
Fashion Specialist for Apparel Shopping at Google
"I have always wanted the opportunity to excel through education, but I chose to prioritize family life first. As time went by and my family grew so did the cost of raising a child in the Bay Area. Having just a high school education was..."
"I have always wanted the opportunity to excel through education, but I chose to prioritize family life first. As time went by and my family grew so did the cost of raising a child in the Bay Area. Having just a high school education was not enough anymore. When I learned about Mountain View Working Scholars, I knew I could finally go back and not have to worry about paying expensive tuition. I am hopeful that this opportunity will open doors, so I can support my family, be financially secure, and look forward to a happy future."
Bob Schoenthal
Y Media Labs
"The Working Scholars program offers me a chance to graduate from an accredited school without jumping back into student loan debt. I can finally be considered for career opportunities that aren't open to candidates that just have a GED. Most..."
"The Working Scholars program offers me a chance to graduate from an accredited school without jumping back into student loan debt. I can finally be considered for career opportunities that aren't open to candidates that just have a GED. Most importantly, this program helps me conquer many obstacles, so I can thrive in my career. And when I succeed, I will have an incredible sense of accomplishment."
Erendira Garcia
Assistant Store Director at Piazzas Fine Foods
"I am excited about achieving a lifelong goal that I had given up on before I started Mountain Working Scholars. Now, I find myself wondering where my degree will take me and what opportunities it will afford me. I think about how I can use my..."
"I am excited about achieving a lifelong goal that I had given up on before I started Mountain Working Scholars. Now, I find myself wondering where my degree will take me and what opportunities it will afford me. I think about how I can use my degree to help others achieve their life, educational, and work dreams."
Alicia Hicks
Human Resources Technician at Mountain View Whisman School District
"School has always been important to me, but in reality, returning to school while working full time seemed almost impossible. However, the Working Scholars program has given me renewed faith in my ability to juggle both work and school, so I..."
"School has always been important to me, but in reality, returning to school while working full time seemed almost impossible. However, the Working Scholars program has given me renewed faith in my ability to juggle both work and school, so I can finally complete my college degree."

Why Bring Working Scholars to your Community

A bachelor's degree is the key to upward mobility and the foundation for success in today's knowledge economy. By removing financial barriers, Working Scholars provides equity of access to an accelerated and flexible bachelor's degree program that is designed to fit into the busy life of a working adult.

For every tech worker, there are 5 service workers who are not participating in the tech boom, but are impacted by skyrocketing housing costs and other living expenses.

This is why we are teaming up with Thomas Edison State University and local Chambers of Commerce to develop a comprehensive bachelor's degree program that removes financial barriers and is designed to fit within the busy life of working adults.

Did you know?

College graduates earn an average of 53% more than those with just a high school diploma.

Percentage of population 25 years or older without bachelor's degree
Gilroy - 75%
Cupertino - 24%
San Jose - 61%
Sunnyvale - 39%
Santa Clara - 45%
East Palo Alto - 83%
Source: towncharts.com

How to bring the program to your community

How to launch a chapter in your area
  1. Contact us to schedule an introductory call
  2. Proposal & Memo of understanding agreement
  3. Determine size of initial cohort
  4. Set fundraising goals
  5. Launch program
  6. Recruit students, start receiving applications
  7. Continue fundraising for 501©(3)
Study.com handles everything else!
  • Launch kit with materials for recruiting and fundraising
  • Application processing and enrollment
  • Distribution of free trials and account set-up
  • Success coaching and support
  • Degree planning and assistance transferring credit
  • Tracking student progress
  • Student events

Participating cities

Working Scholars has launched with great success in the following cities. The program is growing quickly!

Don't see your city?

If you would like to bring a Working Scholars program like this to your city or business, please email workingscholars@study.com

Ready to get started?

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Make an Impact

Over 31 million adults in the U.S. have earned some college credit but don't have a degree.

As a lead sponsor for a Working Scholars community program, your organization will bring access to a college education for an entire community. Your organization will stand out as an employer of choice with a compelling social purpose and reinforce the learning culture you strive for within your organization.

  • Economic inclusion in the community
  • Workforce development
  • Educate locally to compete globally
"Education is the great equalizer. Empowering the underrepresented populations in our community is the responsibility of everyone."
Adrian Ridner, CEO & Co-founder of Study.com

Why Become a Corporate Sponsor

Engaging employees with social purpose

Income inequality is a primary challenge facing society, and education is the key to closing that gap and unlocking an individual's economic potential.

With the rise of millennial populations in the workforce, employees more than ever want to work for companies with a compelling social purpose. Our community-based Working Scholars program allows you to provide a societal education benefit to the communities your organization cares most about.

Ways to Get Involved

Philanthrophy in your community
  • Financial Donation
  • Host a recruiting event
  • Career Readiness Assistance
Enterprise Solutions

Create a branded working scholars program within your organization to help your employees earn a college degree.

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