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Achieve your education goals faster and with less debt
What is Wiley Degree Accelerator?
Degree Accelerator allows you to earn affordable, general education credits offered by our partner non-for-profit, regionally-accredited colleges and universities. You’ll go at your own pace and finish your course faster and with less expense. We currently offer 20+ online general education courses that cost $117 per credit hour and can be completed in as few as three and a half weeks, or you can take as long as six months to finish.
Despite the rising costs for a college degree, earning one remains a strong investment. With Degree Accelerator, you can save up to 50% on tuition and save several months off of your program completion by taking commonly required general education courses offered by our university partners for a fraction of the cost. The best part? Upon successful completion, you will earn an official transcript from one of our regionally accredited universities that will help you continue your educational goals.
How it works
Get a plan
An Education Adviser helps you create a game plan that puts you on track for achieving your education goals while saving time and money.
Every course saves you money, time, and delivers credit you can apply towards your degree.
Earn college credit
Complete your Degree Accelerator courses and earn college credit from our regionally accredited university partners. You will have a transcript showing you received academic credits to provide to any college or university that accepts transfer credit from other regionally accredited institutions.
Transfer and get your degree
Transfer your credits to the college or university of your choice and graduate with the degree you want for a fraction of the price.
Are self-paced courses right for me?
Degree Accelerator courses are designed to be self-paced. This means you complete course assignments at your own pace, as long as the course is completed within 6 months. Self-paced courses provide a great option for:
students who want to start right away
who are self-directed and can stick to a plan for completing the course
students who want to go faster than traditional instructor-led courses or fit courses into a busy schedule
students who want to finish general education requirements and get to their core degree
students who are want to avoid student debt while earning their degree
No more outrageous costs
Traditional university courses have inflated prices to cover the cost of large campuses, massive sports stadiums, and all that goes into providing the traditional college experience. These costs mean that what you pay for your general education courses tend to be much higher than necessary. Through Degree Accelerator, you earn the same college credits through our low-cost online college courses on-demand for a fraction of the cost.
|Degree Accelerator||Traditional Campus|
|Tuition per 3-credit course||$350||$1,200|
|Tuition per full-time semester||$1,400||$4,800|
|Tuition per 1-credit lab course||$170|
|Tuition per 4-credit course||$500|
You can enroll immediately! Once you sign up, you will receive immediate access to begin work in your course.
You will pay for your course upon enrollment. Once you have paid for your course(s), you will immediately be enrolled to be able to start your course.
No, but we partner with regionally-accredited colleges and universities to offer college credit which can be transferred to almost any university.
All Wiley Degree Accelerator courses are offered by regionally-accredited colleges and universities. This enables you to submit your transcript to your chosen college for credit review. We provide professional degree planning to you in order to validate that the courses you take will transfer to your college of choice.
Let us know and we’ll do our best to find an alternative course that fits your degree requirements. See our degree planning process for more information about degree requirements.
Yes, and an Education Adviser will find the courses that transfer to your school and will make sure you maximize your existing credits.
Yes. All of our courses are self-paced and instructor supported. This means you get to work through the course at your own pace but get the support you need, whenever you need it.
Yes, you can take as many classes at a time as you would like. You can work with our Education Adviser to determine what is right for you and your ultimate goal.
Self-paced means that you get to choose when you start the course, study, and complete and turn in assignments. There are no log-in times or official due dates outside of needing to complete the course within six months.
An Education Adviser helps you enroll and will ensure you’re making progress and completing work. There is also a technical support team available 24/7 to help with technical issues in the online learning platform. Of course, your instructor is also valuable support, offering feedback and guiding your learning all along the way.
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is a “U.S. association of degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. CHEA is the only national organization focused exclusively on higher education accreditation.”2 Accreditation signals to students and employers that a college or university and its programs have met widely accepted educational standards. This is important so that you can successfully transfer course credit into the college or university of your choice, and also because specific careers require that students graduate from an accredited program or institution. All college and university partners in the Wiley Degree Accelerator network are accredited by one of these individual organizations. Below is the full list of accrediting organizations recognized by CHEA.
- Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
- New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
- WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
Located in Greenville, Illinois, Greenville University has partnered with Wiley Degree Accelerator, which allows you to take select, 100% online self-paced general education courses for only $117 per credit. Courses can be completed in as few as three and a half weeks or you can take up to six months to finish. Course content is delivered by Greenville University, and after you complete the course, you will receive a transcript from Greenville University.
1 Kerr, Emma. 2020. “See 10 Years of Average Total Student Loan Debt.” US News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report. 2020. https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/see-how-student-loan-borrowing-has-risen-in-10-years.
2 “Frequently Asked Questions.” n.d. Accessed February 23, 2021. https://www.chea.org/sites/default/files/2019-08/FAQs-6-21-2019.pdf.