Each year over a quarter of a million students graduate from Texas public high schools. Of these, less than 30% enroll in four-year colleges. More than half of freshmen who enroll never graduate, and those who do carry an average debt of $25,000 before interest. At the same time, 90% of the fastest growing jobs in Texas require post-secondary education.
Since 2012, PelotonU has offered a higher education pathway for hard working college students that blends online education and in person mentorship. Based in Austin, the program provides students flexibility to study on their own time, opportunity to avoid debt, and exposure to experiences outside the classroom. Students study at the PelotonU office located in Vessel and receive a scholarship to offset their tuition. They graduate with a clear plan to pursue their vocation. Here’s our approach:
PelotonU partners with regionally-accredited and competency-based online universities. Students decide when to study and take one class at a time.
Students study in a community environment alongside a full-time mentor and group of peers. This provides tutoring and life skills as they are needed.
Our team is dedicated to making sure you graduate on-time with no debt. Before you apply, remember PelotonU works exclusively with online universities. Online education, in contrast to a traditional classroom, is self-paced. This means successful students are self-motivated and independent learners. See if that’s you.
After you apply our team goes through two steps to determine eligibility. The first step is a phone interview where we explain the program and review answers from the application. Second, we invite students to the office for an in person interview. Students who complete the interview process are invited to join provisional enrollment. This two month period uses Khan Academy to teach math and introduce the necessary skills for online learning. Successful completion of provisional enrollment results in full admission to the program.
If you believe PelotonU can equip you to finish college, please complete the application below.
Our vision is that any student with the will and drive to graduate from college can earn a degree, regardless of geography or economics. Our mission is to increase college graduation rates for working adults by blending online education with in-person support. By 2020, we intend to support 1,000 students in Central Texas and share our model with 50 like-minded organizations.
We only offer scholarships for colleges that are both regionally-accredited and competency-based. At the moment, our three favorites are Western Governors University, College for America and Patten University.
There’s three reasons we work with online universities. The first is that it’s flexible. Students learn as much from work as from school and we prioritize time to grow professionally as well as academically. Second, online education is personalized. Students are not constrained by class size or pace – they focus on the material that’s difficult and skim what they’ve already mastered. Last, online education facilitates professional growth. Research, self-management, and writing are all consistently reinforced for the online learner.
Competency-based education is an alternative to traditional academic semesters where students learn at their own pace. Students take one class at a time so they can focus on mastering the material. Those who already know a subject can finish classes quicker and students who need remediation can take the time they need. This offers flexibility with each student’s work schedule and reinforces learning skills needed for many growing occupations. PelotonU’s mentors add additional structure and accountability onto each academic program.
PelotonU combines personalized learning, mentoring, and workforce development to equip hardworking non-traditional students for college and career success. We partner with high-quality online universities that are regionally-accredited and competency-based to provide students a self-paced post-secondary education focused on accumulating knowledge and skills instead of credit hours. In parallel, students work with their peers and a dedicated mentor to develop the soft-skills and critical thinking essential for workplace success. We also provide students with learning opportunities aligned to workforce needs and last-dollar scholarships to alleviate the financial burden of higher education.
PelotonU provides scholarships and mentorships for students who juggle college and work. Students are paired with a mentor who guides them during their educational journey. Mentors meet weekly with students, teach life skills seminars, and provide tutoring.
We operate on a 100% model. Operational expenses are covered by local supporters to ensure the entirety of your donation goes to our students. Even $10 makes a big difference. Here’s some key areas: