A new pilot program could allow thousands of students to become eligible for federal financial aid by offering certificates and college credit for non-traditional classes, including “boot-camp” style academic training courses and online certificate programs.


The three-year program announced by the US Department of Education is geared toward giving aid to low-income students who may not be able to afford the courses otherwise, allowing them to stay away from for-profit schools. The pilot program widens the pool of programs eligible to receive federal student aid and loans, as only programs offered by accredited schools were included before.

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