We want to do our part to encourage adults to plan toward the future.
McMinnville, Oregon (PRWEB) December 15, 2009
Linfield College Adult Degree Program is offering an "Education Stimulus Plan" to encourage adults to achieve their bachelor's degrees or earn a certificate. Until February 20th, Linfield is waiving the application fees of $100 and $50 respectively for adults who take their first Linfield class in the program of their choice in January, February, or June 2010.
"During this time, the U.S. economy is struggling to recover from one of the most difficult periods in recent history. The result is higher than normal unemployment, with job losses hitting those hardest whose education stopped before completing a bachelor's degree," says Adult Degree Program Associate Director, Janet Gifford. "We want to do our part to encourage adults to plan toward the future."
Holding a bachelor's degree results in higher lifetime earnings and better health and pension benefits for the individual when compared to the value of a high school diploma, according to an extensive report released by The College Board in 2007. Better jobs also raise family incomes, and according to U.S. Census data, people with more education tend to live longer than those with less.
Linfield offers five accredited online college degree programs, including a RN to BSN degree for registered nurses, and three accredited online certificate programs. Three additional degree and certificate programs are offered in a traditional classroom setting through Linfield's McMinnville and Portland, Oregon campuses. Online learning provides students the flexibility of continuing to work or to seek employment while completing the degree or certificate program of their choice.
Financial aid is available to all eligible degree and certificate-seeking Linfield Adult Degree Program students. Various grants and loans are available to those students who demonstrate financial need. Linfield College is approved by the Department of Defense for active-duty military personnel to take advantage of their GI Bill benefits, and by the Veterans Administration for eligible veterans pursuing a degree.
Linfield College is participating in the Direct Loan Program for all Stafford loans, which means that federal funds are awarded directly to you through Linfield. The Adult Degree Program will have financial aid funds available in February and June 2010 for spring and summer semesters.
Earlier this year, Linfield College's Adult Degree Program announced a significant increase in the number of students enrolled in their online college degree and certificate programs. Applications from adult students before the start of fall semester 2009 were 43% greater than last year at the start of fall semester 2008.
About Linfield College
Chartered in 1858, Linfield is one of the oldest colleges in the Pacific Northwest and is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Linfield's Adult Degree Program offers adults the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree or certificate in both online and hybrid (combination online and classroom) settings. Linfield College has been offering online courses for over ten years. Many of Linfield's instructors were involved in the early design of online education.
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