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City of Perris Working Scholars® Fund

Community Impact

Perris Working Scholars® Fund is helping residents of the City of Perris, California, earn a bachelor's degree without any financial burden or debt. The program offers college on-demand so participants can take courses anywhere, anytime. Participants are provided with coaching and support to stay motivated along the way.

Perris Working Scholars® Fund

Perris launched its Working Scholars® Fund program in 2018 thanks to support from Duke Realty, which provided funding for over 100 Perris residents to earn their degree. The Perris Working Scholars® Fund program is an entire bachelor's degree pathway that allows individuals to start or finish their degree no matter where they are on their educational journey. Students are supported by their personalized success coach the entire journey and are provided a structured degree roadmap that leverages all transferable existing credit.


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How It Works


Getting Started

  1. Attend an info session or kick-off event

  2. Apply online

  3. A success coach will email steps to create your account

  4. Create your account


  • Complete a short, introductory course, then two college courses to see if online learning is right for you

  • Complete College Success Strategies course (takes about 1-2 hours)

  • Complete Finance 102 course

  • Complete Business 108 course

  • Complete supplemental application which includes:

    • Personal statement

    • List of individuals in your personal support network

    • Transcripts of prior college credit (if applicable)

    • Residency verification

  • You will be notified via email if you are accepted into the program


Taking Courses

  • Your coach will assign you courses and a timeframe for completion

  • You will receive a degree map that shows you all required course for your degree

  • Complete up to 30 courses on

  • You are required to complete at least one course every month


Transferring to Your Graduating University

  • Work with your coach for help transferring credits and enrolling

  • Complete additional credits needed online with the university

  • Graduate with your bachelor's degree

  • Receive on-going career support (job hunting, skills development, etc.) as an alumnus of the graduating university


How Much Does It Cost?

Thanks to the generous support of Duke Realty, this program is entirely free to students. There are no out-of-pocket costs and students will graduate debt-free!


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a resident of Perris, CA

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED

  • 18 years or older

  • Access to internet and computer


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I already have some college credits. Will they transfer into this program?

Yes! This program will accept Regionally accredited college credits to be applied to your degree. They may not all be applicable to your degree, but our team will review your transcripts and provide a degree map of what your previously earned credits will likely cover.


How long will it take to earn my degree?

The timeline can vary greatly depending on how much previous credit you are able to transfer in. If you are starting with zero credits, and work at our accelerated pace (2 courses per month) you can complete the bachelor's degree in just under 2 years.


You said I can earn my degree from my phone. How is this possible?

All of the courses that you will take in the program can be accessed 24/7 through the mobile app. You can watch and read our lessons, and take quizzes, anytime. The only thing that cannot be completed on your phone is the final exam.


What degrees are available?

You can earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, or a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. Each degree has several concentration options available.


Who are the counselors/teachers? has a team of Success Coaches who are here to guide you throughout your academic journey. Your Success Coach, as your main point of contact in the program, schedules your courses, and even helps with the transfer process to TESU. courses are recorded lessons administered by subject matter experts.


Will employers recognize this degree?

Absolutely! Upon completion of this program you will have earned a regionally accredited bachelor's degree.


Who is is on a mission to make education accessible. Our focus is to simplify and accelerate learning and help people unlock opportunities for a better future. helps over 30 million students and teachers each month improve grades, gain career skills and earn college credit through our video-based micro-learning platform.

When do classes start? courses are asynchronous, so you can begin coursework anytime! There are no set days or times that you need to be logged in - you can make your own schedule that works for you!

If I want to earn a degree that you don't offer, can I take other classes on

There are hundreds of college courses offered on, however this program is designed as a complete the pathway for the Business and Liberal Studies degrees offered through TESU. If you are passionate about pursuing different degree pathways, this program may not be the right one for you.

What if I am unable to complete my degree through

Are my credits still worth anything? courses are approved for college credit though the American Council on Education (ACE) and The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS). Credits earned on may be eligible to transfer to schools that accept ACE and NCCRS credits

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