Competency-based education and federal student aid
Competence-based education (CBE) is increasingly popular because of the flexibility it provides for students seeking a postsecondary credential. While CBE programs have terms of study like traditional higher education programs, students become proficient at competencies at their own pace. Because learning can occur outside the classroom, students can earn degrees at a distance, and fit school around their schedules. Flexibility in time and place and a focus on demonstrated learning make CBE an ideal way to promote access for students traditionally underserved by higher education – often first-generation working adults who seek a credential but cannot fit traditional approaches into their lives – and potentially reduce costs and time to degree.