Invest in Your Future Today. Imagine a Better Tomorrow.

In an effort to support those facing economic hardship during this unprecedented time, Montreat College is launching “Invest,” a special financial assistance program to help students invest today to imagine a better tomorrow. The program allows individuals to enroll in online courses at a deeply discounted tuition rate, and earn certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees in high-demand fields like cybersecurity, criminal justice, counseling, business, and psychology.

“We understand the trying economic realities facing many individuals and families across Western North Carolina and beyond because of this pandemic. We want to serve in the best way we know how — through education,” said Montreat College President Paul Maurer of the new initiative. “We are launching creative solutions to enable a brighter future for those who have been thrust into financially challenging circumstances.”

As many face job reductions and loss, Invest provides an opportunity for future professional advancement through gaining new knowledge, skills, and credentials. The classes are online with flexible hours, making educational attainment possible during stay-at-home orders and after people resume normal schedules and activities.

“People are looking for ways to make the most of this unexpected time at home,” said Maurer. “The Invest program is a positive, smart way to spend your time right now and position yourself for better career prospects and a more secure future.”

The Invest initiative provides significantly discounted tuition for new students who enroll in online classes through the college’s School of Adult & Graduate Studies. Students will pay only $600 per class for their initial two online classes (3-credits each) for the summer term — this is approximately 50% less than the regular tuition rate.

“We’ve chosen to reduce our summer tuition costs so new students can take their government stimulus check and invest it in themselves and their education,” said Maurer. “There remain so many uncertainties right now; however, we hope the Invest program makes it possible for people to make progress toward a more stable career and a better tomorrow.”

Classes begin May 3 and applications are due April 24. For a list of specific degree programs or to learn more about the School of Adult & Graduate Studies, visit www.montreat.edu/invest or call 800-806-2777.