Concourse Education is a nonprofit enabling low-income working adults in the San Francisco Bay Area to earn an accredited, job-relevant BA in as little as 2 years, and for around $6,000 in average out-of-pocket cost.
In partnership with schools, community organizations, and employers, we recruit students who have dropped out of college or never started and then enroll them in a rigorous, career-oriented, and project-based degree program (offered in partnership with an accredited, non-profit university). Concourse’s community partners include Oakland Unified School District, KIPP Bay Area, College Track, and Year Up.
Beyond the degree, Concourse supports fellows with a personal academic coach, on-demand tutoring, co-working space, a free laptop, expert and independent financial aid advice, career coaching, and a community of peers. Tuition is $6,500 a year — with no extra fees — and students are eligible for up to $6,195/year in federal financial aid to cover costs. The average Concourse fellow will earn a BA from scratch in 2.5 years (while still working full-time).
Concourse launched in September 2018 with 40 students, and has already produced its first AA graduates (who completed the degree in 4-7 months).