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A degree pathway for today's adult

We help you balance jobs, family, and college, all while driving your career forward.

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Next Application Deadline:
Monday, January 29th

A traditional college degree.
An innovative approach.
Custom-built for Metro Detroit.

We believe adults deserve a degree program that works for them.
Degree Forward is a non-profit that partners with Southern New Hampshire University to help you earn a degree at your own pace while saving money.

What we offer

Accelerated & flexible

SNHU's online curriculum is self paced and project-based - work anytime, anywhere and advance as fast as you work.

Affordable degrees

Highly competitive tuition rates, even before financial aid is applied. Earn your degree with little to no debt.

Personalized coaching

Our dedicated coaches support you every step of the way, providing both academic support and personalized career guidance.

Transferable credits

Started college but didn't finish? Bring your credits with you and save time towards graduation.

No tests, finals, or lectures

Complete projects based on real-life assignments designed to teach useful professional skills.

Free study space

Chat with advisors, work on assignments, and meet your peers at a central in-person open study location.

As featured in

College degree in one year and for just $7,000? It’s possible

Christina Dixon, 62, has always wanted to get her bachelor’s degree. Now the Detroit resident thinks this is the perfect time to do it, thanks to a new program in the city called Degree Forward... Read more

Local Education Leader, Entrepreneur Launches Detroit’s Hybrid College

Degree Forward announced today that it is launching Detroit’s first hybrid college under the direction of Detroit education leader and entrepreneur, Danielle North... Read more

Hybrid college degree completion program launches in Detroit

A newly formed nonprofit organization in Detroit is partnering with Southern New Hampshire University to create a pathway for working adults in Southeast Michigan to obtain a college degree without... Read more

Flashpoint Interview: Education leaders discuss accelerated, affordable college degree program

A college degree in one year for only $7,000? That seems way too good to be true -- but it’s not. Flashpoint host Devin Scillian sat down with Danielle North... Watch now

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"College degree in one year and for just $7,000? It’s possible."
"Students receive a high-quality, real-world learning experience that prepares them for a meaningful career."
"It's a serious offer."
- Devin Scillian, Flashpoint
"A pathway for working adults to obtain a college degree without stepping foot inside a classroom."

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Transparent and affordable tuition

  • $2,332 / term for unlimited credits,
    before financial aid
  • $35 / term with max Pell grant eligibility
  • No books, no extra fees, no surprises

College that fits your life

Degree Forward is designed to have your back through everything else you have going on. Go to school full time while keeping your job and balancing responsibilities. Our wraparound supports help with child care, transportation, and more.

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Application deadline: Monday, January 29th
Term starts: Monday, February 19th

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