A new path to higher education that begins on YouTube!
Jan 24, 2023 – minute read
Jan 24, 2023 – minute read
One of the many things that makes learning on YouTube so special is how much users love to do it! Every day, people around the world choose to spend time on the platform learning to improve their lives. And we want to empower learners even further by providing a direct path to formal education.
We’re thrilled to share that we’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) and Crash Course to create Study Hall. It’s a new approach that demystifies the college process while creating an affordable and accessible onramp to earning college credit. A postsecondary education drives economic and social mobility in powerful ways, yet the path to higher education can be riddled with barriers, including high cost and accessibility. We’re hoping to change that with Study Hall.
Study Hall is slated to expand to 12 available courses by January 2025 to give learners a chance to receive credit for an entire first year of college from a top public research university at a time and place that works best for them.
Starting today, students can sign up here for four “College Foundations” courses which start on March 7, 2023 and offer eligibility for transfer credit. This suite encompasses the most common first-year college courses at many higher-education institutions: English Composition, College Math, US History and Human Communication. Developed and taught by the same faculty who conduct research and teach students on ASU's campuses, the lessons combine ASU's academic excellence with Crash Courses's compelling storytelling — all on YouTube's wide-reaching platform. Anyone can get started — no applications or minimum GPAs needed.
Study Hall is slated to expand to 12 available courses by January 2025. This will give learners a chance to receive credit for an entire first year of college from a top public research university at a time and place that works best for them. And they’re available to watch at no cost! There is a $25 fee if the learner elects to sign up and begin coursework, and an optional $400 fee to receive college credit for each course. Learners who register before March 7, 2023 will receive special scholarship pricing of $350 per course — less than one-third of the average course cost at a public four-year university for in-state students and nearly 90% lower than the average course cost of a private four-year university.* Each course can be taken as often as needed until the learner is satisfied with their grade. This credit can then be used at any of the hundreds of institutions that accept credits from ASU.
The additional Study Hall series, “How to College,” includes videos that help learners navigate the complex college admissions process and stay on track once enrolled. Another video series “Fast Guides” gives information and insights into dozens of the most popular college majors, with helpful tips like required classes for each major and the most likely careers associated with those degrees.
We are so excited to offer this new experience to help learners pursue their dreams and degrees with a learning journey that begins on YouTube.
*Source: https://educationdata.org/cost-of-a-college-class-or-credit-hour lists the per hour average cost at a public four-year university for in-state students as $390 and the per hour average cost at a private four-year university as $1,492. This means the average cost of a three hour course at a public four-year university for in-state students is $1,170 and the per hour average cost at a private four-year university is $4,476. The cost of an equivalent 3 hour course through Study Hall will be $25 fee + $350 scholarship price per course through March 7, which is 32% and 8% the average cost of a 3 hour course at a public four-year university for in-state students and at a private four-year university.