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McNeese State U Expands Online College Course Options

McNeese State University, part of the University of Louisiana System, has added a new online degree pathway intended to make education more affordable and accessible to adult learners.

The university has partnered with StraighterLine, a provider of online college courses, and now accepts StraighterLine's courses for credit. "Adult learners can now earn their McNeese degree online or at the Lake Charles campus and use StraighterLine's courses to complete their required general education courses," according to the company.

According to StraighterLine, students can save money by transferring StraighterLine course credits to their McNeese degree programs. An example on the company's site illustrates how a student completing their Bachelor of General Studies degree at McNeese can save $6,000 by using StraighterLine's courses, which cost an average of $43.30 per credit hour compared to McNeese's courses, which cost an average of $190 per credit hour, already the second most affordable online college courses in the state, according to AffordableCollegesOnline.com.

Students interested in completing their degree at McNeese State University using StraighterLine's courses can contact a StraighterLine advisor who will help the student choose the courses needed for their degree. Students can complete their general education courses — up to 35 percent of their required degree credits — through StraighterLine, and the company will handle the work of transferring the credits to McNeese on behalf of the students.

McNeese State University is located in Lake Charles, LA and offers online degree programs and certificates in criminal justice, family and child studies, management, nursing, sociology and organizational leadership.

StraighterLine's courses are evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit), and more than 400 colleges have accepted credit for StraighterLine courses.

Further information about the partnership can be found on StraighterLine's site.

About the Author

Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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