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Report: Funding problem for UW's Flexible Option Degree program

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - There's already a funding problem with the UW's highly promoted Flexible Option Degree program -- although it's not affecting students at the moment.  

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the university moved ahead with the new program, even though it did not receive federal financial aid that was promised to students. The paper said the UW expected the matter to be resolved by now -- and when it wasn't, the university quietly decided to pay the financial aid that was due for the students.  

Interim Extension provost Aaron Brower says the issue could be resolved in the next 3 to 6 months.

The flexible option program is designed to give working adults a chance to get college degrees they never obtained when they were younger -- in part by using pertinent life experiences as course material.  

The Higher Learning Commission accredited the program, which is being offered this spring at UW-Milwaukee and the two-year Colleges.

Despite the accreditation, the U.S. Education Department never endorsed financial aid. The project is the first of its kind, and the Journal Sentinel said it does not meet financial aid regulations for traditional-term or non-term-based programs.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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