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Education Department Picks Nontraditional Partners for Student Aid

The U.S. Department of Education has joined with eight nontraditional training programs to provide more students with federal student aid, says a department news release.

Students enrolled in the eight programs of the Educational Quality Through Innovation Partnerships will now be eligible for financial aid.

The department announced the pilot program in October 2015 to make nontraditional courses and programs more available to low-income students and to develop a way to measure student outcomes.

The partners include employer groups, online classes, and coding boot camps. Two of them are an accelerated bachelor-of-science program in advanced manufacturing, together with General Electric, at Northeastern University, and a coding-and-software boot camp with MakerSquare at the University of Texas at Austin.

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