You could. But if you do, you won’t be certain your credits will transfer. You’ll be severely limited by course options and availability. And you might end up having to take required courses at inconvenient times.
Accelerated Pathways advisors guarantee your credits will transfer before you ever start your first course. You can begin most of your online courses at any time, take them anywhere you want (as long as you have an internet connection), and finish at your own pace.
The choice is yours.
Will this affect my acceptance rates at college?
Yes, it will. By having a year or two of college completed before you apply, your chance of being accepted can dramatically increase.
Can I use Accelerated Pathways if I'm currently enrolled at a college?
Every course you take through Accelerated Pathways is offered through a regionally accredited college or university. This allows you to reliably transfer these courses to your chosen college. Before getting started with Accelerated Pathways, you’ll receive professional college planning to guarantee any courses you might take will transfer to your college.
What if I don’t like a course that I start?
If you withdraw from your course within 5 days of starting, you'll receive a 100% refund. Plus, we'll do our best to find an alternative course that fits your degree requirements. See our college planning process for more information about how we help you choose the best course for your degree.
I’ve already completed some college courses, can these courses still help me?
Absolutely! We’re credit transfer experts. Just let us know what you’ve already completed, and our advisors will help you find additional courses that will transfer into your school while maximizing your existing credit.
Can I use financial aid to pay for these courses?
Since Accelerated Pathways is not a Title IV institution, we cannot accept the Federal Pell Grant or other forms of government-sponsored financial aid. Instead, we help students find and take affordable online college courses with the freedom to pay as they go, according to their individual budgetary restrictions. Flexible payment plans are also available for students who would prefer to pay for their courses in installments. This enables Accelerated Pathways to help students afford college on their budget without the need for external payment methods.
I want to use your courses to save money, but I think I’ll need extra support. Can you still help me?
Yes! Every course we offer comes with complimentary success coaching while you’re enrolled in the course. Whether you choose our highly-interactive instructor-led option or opt for a “do it yourself” self-paced course, your coach will reach out to you periodically to help you set and reach your educational goals while balancing your studies with the rest of your life.
I've already earned credit. Can I use the credit I already have?
We can create a degree plan for almost every major. Some majors (business, communications) are easier than others (engineering, nursing), but we can almost always save you at least some money on your degree. Request a personalized degree plan to find out what your degree and costs would look like.
What types of courses will be on my college plan?
To save you the most money, we recommend most (or all) of your credit be earned through online courses. However, if you’d like to attend and graduate from a brick and mortar school, we can build your plan accordingly.
Why are college plans free?
We’re passionate about helping students earn their degrees with little-to-no student debt. We’ve helped with thousands of students and want to help you plan your affordable, flexible college degree too.
If you like your Accelerated Pathways college plan and are ready to get started, we offer a variety of services—online courses, coaching/accountability, credit earning, and transfer assistance, etc. If any of these spark your interest, great! Your advisor can tell you all about them. If not, no problem. The college plan is yours to keep.
Will this work for my school?
We can create a degree plan for virtually any school in the United States that is regionally accredited (the gold standard of accreditation) and accepts transfer credit—about 94% of U.S. colleges.
How do I graduate sooner?
Our Global Digital Classroom supports a variety of self-paced courses. These courses are more flexible than your average college course, which means the faster you complete them, the sooner you can graduate.
Do I have to live in a specific area/near a city?
Not at all. We have plenty of online options to help you earn credit. As long as you have a computer and an internet connection, you’re good to go. If you choose to graduate from a college that requires an on-campus experience, you’ll eventually have to attend classes at that location.
We ask that you be at least 15 years old. Interested in pursuing Accelerated Pathways as a dual credit option? We can help with that! Many of our students combine Accelerated Pathways with their high school requirements to earn dual credit.
Can I get a graduate degree? What about an associate degree?
Accelerated Pathways is a bachelor’s degree program, but we can also help you with an associate’s degree if that’s what you need. At this time we do not offer support for graduate degrees. However, if your end goal is a graduate degree, our advisors will take that into consideration when creating your college plan. That way you’ll still be saving money while completing the requirements for acceptance to the graduate program of your choice while earning your bachelor’s degree.
Savings and Money
How is this so inexpensive?
Colleges charge you general tuition that covers more than just your classes. It also includes campus upkeep, extracurricular programs, tenured professors, and more. With Accelerated pathways, you only pay for the courses you take, allowing you to avoid the bloated tuition fees for up to three years. A semester of Accelerated Pathways starts at $3,375, which is 36% lower than the average cost of college.
Can I use financial aid or scholarships?
Most student “aid” is actually debt. So, we don’t accept any funds from financial aid. Instead, we work hard to lower your total cost, removing any need for student aid in the first place.
The courses we offer cost as little as $225 per credit (that's 36% less than the national average) and allow you to pay as you go, rather than dropping large amounts of money at the beginning of a semester. This makes the total cost of your degree even easier to afford and—most importantly—helps to keep you out of debt.
I want the on-campus college experience. Will you still save me money?
Absolutely! The whole point of Accelerated Pathways is putting you in charge of your degree. So whether you earn 30 credits with us, or 90, we’re here to help you succeed. We’ll help you save as much money as possible no matter what option you pick. Just get in touch with an advisor to go over your options.