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Rasmussen College Continues Efforts To Reduce Tuition And Make College Affordable

AcceleratED Business Management Associate's Degree and Achieve Scholarship announced for Fall 2013 Enrollment

September 4, 2013

Erin Werthman
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (August 26, 2013) – Rasmussen College, a regionally accredited private college, today announced two initiatives that advance its commitment to making higher education affordable for students. A new AcceleratED Business Management Associate’s Degree will be offered at a flat rate of $15,000 and can be completed in as little as 18 months. The Achieve Scholarship will offer new students enrolling in degree programs the possibility of receiving $500 per quarter toward tuition costs if students are continuously enrolled full time. Both are available to students beginning this fall, with a scholarship application deadline of September 29, 2013.

AcceleratED Business Management Associate’s Degree

The AcceleratED Business Management Associate’s Degree is designed to help working adults in early business roles quickly advance their skills through a new, and innovative self-directed format. Upon completion, students will be able to demonstrate skills most sought-after by today’s employers including customer service, communication and critical thinking. 

This affordable degree program delivers a 45 percent savings in tuition costs from the traditional Business Management Associate’s Degree program. The curriculum is 50 percent instructor-led and 50 percent competency labs using cutting-edge, game-based learning strategies in a self-paced online environment to enhance student engagement and participation. More information can be found at

The Associate’s degree expands Rasmussen College’s fastest growing degree completion program, AcceleratED, which is designed for students with previous college experience who want to transfer their credits, accelerate their completion timeline and affordably earn a degree, with flexible, online classes. Other AcceleratED offerings include Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs in:

Achieve Scholarship

For new students enrolling in general degree programs (not including nursing or AcceleratED) for an October 2013 start, Rasmussen College is offering the Achieve Scholarship to help students lower their tuition amount and reduce overall student debt. The Achieve Scholarship will award $500 per quarter toward tuition costs, up to $7,500 for a Bachelor’s degree, to students who stay continuously enrolled with at least 12 credits each quarter. More information on this scholarship, including how to apply, can be found at

“Student debt is a real problem in the U.S. and college costs are still skyrocketing, but Rasmussen College is committed to helping students find a way to manage these issues,” said Kristi Waite, Rasmussen College President.  “These new programs will both significantly reduce program costs and encourage faster program completion. We are pleased to offer these opportunities to our students, moving them into their careers faster and more affordably.” 

Other College Affordability Efforts

Rasmussen College also will continue several initiatives that have already reduced the cost of earning a college degree by as much as 35 percent over last year. This includes the lowered and locked tuition announced in January 2013 and Rasmussen College’s credit transfer policy, which gives students college credit for the knowledge previously gained in courses at other colleges and work experience. Last year, Rasmussen College helped students transfer in credits worth approximately $95 million.

To apply for any Rasmussen College degree program or to find out just how convenient and affordable earning your college degree can be, visit

Rasmussen College is a regionally accredited private college and Public Benefit Corporation that is dedicated to changing lives through high-demand educational programs and public service. Rasmussen College offers Certificate and Diploma programs through Associate's and Bachelor's degrees online and across its 24 Midwest and Florida campuses in a supportive, student-centered and career-focused environment. Since 1900, Rasmussen College has been dedicated to being a primary contributor to the growth and development of the communities it serves. As a Benefit Corporation, Rasmussen College is committed to helping change lives through education and making a positive impact on society through public service and a variety of community-based initiatives. For more information about Rasmussen College, please visit

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