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NAU Competency-based Learning Program Now Accepting Financial Aid

Northern Arizona University (NAU), a public institution located in Flagstaff, AZ, is now accepting financial aid for its Personalized Learning program.

NAU's program, which launched this May, allows students to earn a bachelor's degree through competency-based learning. Unlike traditional programs, in which students advance based on credit hours completed, this model requires students to demonstrate proficiency in a lesson before they're allowed to move forward. Students take assessments before and after lessons and must receive a score of 86 percent or higher in order to advance, according to a statement from the school. Students can earn "A" grades in the courses by completing supplemental assignments or projects.

“With the addition of financial aid to Personalized Learning, NAU makes the promise of competency-based education a reality for nontraditional students everywhere,” said Fred Hurst, senior vice president of NAU-Extended Campuses and architect of Personalized Learning. “For the first time, a truly motivated student can earn a respected degree from an accredited public institution quickly and affordably.”

Additional information about NAU's program is available at the school's site.

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