We’re Making Higher Education More Accessible & Affordable For Everyone

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Why The Project?

We want to help millions of people go back to school who’ve been unable to take that first critical step. We believe in the value of higher education and the institutions of learning in our country. However, university and college education can still be too expensive and unapproachable for the majority of Americans. Normal distractions of work, bills, and home life often prevent someone from being able to dedicate the appropriate time and money to a traditional 4-year degree program. This has led to a rise in new marketplace offerings which attempt to bypass traditional universities completely…we think that’s a problem and unnecessary.  Our solution addresses the issues of higher education’s accessibility and affordability and keeps students on a proper collegiate path.

Participating Institutions

  • Florida National University
  • Trident University
  • Cleary University
  • MacCormac College
  • Ashworth College
  • Universidad Ana G. Mendez
  • Golden Gate University
  • Bellevue University
  • Peirce College
  • University of Maryland Global Campus

Student Debt…THE Crisis of our Time

Student debt has now reached a level of epic proportions.  At $1.34 Trillion in the United States alone, it’s larger than both Auto and Credit Card debt.  It places a crushing burden on young learners, and often prevents working adults from getting the modern skills and education they need to improve their livelihood. We’re working tirelessly to alleviate that burden and help people get years back from their lives. It means someone could buy a home sooner, spend more time with family, or pursue the job of their dreams rather than working any job to meet their debt payments.

"Rather than making marginal progress in higher education's quality, we need to be making radical progress on its accessibility."
Grant Aldrich Founder, OnlineDegree.com

World-Class Education, 100% Tuition-Free.

We are empowering millions of Americans to become whatever they want to be…tuition-free.  Charging tuition limits people’s access to education. We’ve decided on a bold path to look outside of the tuition paradigm to ensure we don’t exclude anyone from participating…and we’re not going to compromise on that.  Instead, we’ve sought out other common methods for startups to keep the lights on without charging students or sacrificing educational quality.  Our platform will be supported through the help of advertisers, sponsorships, a marketplace for tutoring, and other future avenues yet to be explored. By removing barriers and focusing on world-class education, OnlineDegree.com is enabling everyone to take the critical first step towards full-time education at a university.

We Support The Open Source Learning Movement And Open Educational Resources

We firmly believe in the benefits of utilizing open source or Open Educational Resources (OER) for students. By using OER in higher education, student’s costs of learning are kept to an absolute minimum. OER has given OnlineDegree.com the ability to achieve it’s goal of making the offering completely free for students, and sets of a positive example to encourage the adoption of these materials worldwide.

11 Courses, 1400+ Universities & Colleges…and Growing.

We currently offer 11 College-level courses including Robotics, Computer Science, Psychology, Business, Public Health, History and many more, giving students a wide breadth of options in pursuing the coursework of their interest. With pathways for potentially receiving credit at participating accredited universities or at over 1400 universities and colleges in the NCCRS network, we’re making our mission of affordable higher education a reality.

Academic Advisory Board

  • Dr. Ken Colwell

    Dean of the School of Business, Central Connecticut State University Ph.D. Management, University of Oregon MBA, San Francisco State University
  • Dr. James Mooney

    Department Chair, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University (ret.) Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Ohio State University
  • Gail Aldrich, M.S.

    K-12 Counseling Coordinator, LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) (ret.) M.S. Counseling & Guidance, California Lutheran University
  • Dr. Greg Peters

    Editorial Board of International Journal of Chemistry Ph.D. Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry, University of Wyoming
  • Dr. Ashley Carter

    Professor, California State University Long Beach Ph.D. Biology, Ecology, and Statistics, Yale University
  • Dr. Jason Jewell

    Chairman- Department of Humanities, Faulkner University Ph.D. Humanities, Florida State University, M.A. History, Pepperdine University
  • Dr. Scott Milliken

    Associate Head of School, The Albany Academies Doctor of Education, University of New England


  • Dr. Rhonda Williams

    Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology University of Oklahoma
  • Dr. John Agnew

    Ph.D. Neuroscience Georgetown University
  • Dr. Matias Soto

    Ph.D. Materials Science & Nanoengineering Rice University
  • Dr. Nick Huntington-Klein

    Ph.D. Economics University of Washington
  • Dr. James Geiselman

    Doctorate of Chiropractic Logan University
  • Deep Shah, M.Sc.

    M.Sc. Computer Engineering New York University
  • Elisabeth O'Quinn, IMBA

    International MBA University of North Carolina
  • Sarah Taylor, M.A.

    M.A. History East Carolina University
  • Dr. Nico Cappelluti

    Ph.D. Physics Technical University of Munich
  • Heather Devincent Cook, J.D.

    Juris Doctorate New England School of Law
  • Kari Rich

    Culinary Le Cordon Bleu


We’re a team of startup and education veterans who are passionate about building great tools that change lives.

  • Grant Aldrich

    Founder & CEO

    Grant founded OnlineDegree.com with a purpose-driven mission: make higher education more accessible and affordable for everyone. After graduating college with an overwhelming amount of debt, he was determined to change how students embark on their college education. Grant has spent his entire career working in startups with nearly 15 years of experience. He has been a board member and donor to a number of non-profits, an advisor to many publicly traded companies including Wiley Education, and a guest speaker at seminars and graduate school courses. He graduated with honors from University of California Irvine in Economics.

  • Lucie Wisco

    Director of Education

    Lucie has Masters Degrees in Education and Psychology, & English Language and Literature from Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. She's spent nearly a decade in the development of educational programs, and the last 2 years with emphasis on distance and online pedagogy. Prior to OnlineDegree.com, Lucie created an education company developing & administering corporate courses for the employees of her multi-national clients Siemens, Opavia(Kraft Foods), Hartmann, FEI Company, and many more.

  • Jeff Brown

    EVP of Global Initiatives

    With over 12 years or experience in senior administration at the secondary and post secondary levels, Jeff has been a long-time leader in the field of education and online learning. He has held prior roles as VP of New Business Development at New England College and Senior VP/COO of The College of St. Joseph, and is well-known for working with various community and government stakeholders to address educational needs in the 21st century. Jeff has his Masters in Education from The College of St. Rose and is working on his Ed.D in Educational Leadership.

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