Free Degrees:
A Colorado Technical University Partnership

A new partnership creates a path to an associate, bachelors, or master’s degree – at no cost.

At Nelnet, we believe in higher education. We believe in the power of advanced learning and the opportunity that advanced learning provides. That’s why, for more than forty years, we’ve been committed to serving and helping students across the nation achieve their educational dreams.

Our purpose to serve is strong. It drives us to serve our associates, customers, shareholders, and communities. That commitment also impacts our partnerships, helping us to find and collaborate with others who share the same dedication to service.

For that reason, Nelnet recently partnered with Colorado Technical University to launch a program that gives associates wishing to pursue their own educational ambitions a path to a higher education degree – with no out-of-pocket expense.

The program, called the CTU Commitment Grant, covers all higher education expenses for eligible full-time associates pursuing an advanced degree (including books and fees). Designed with adult learners in mind, the fully online program offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, using five-week class sessions to help associates earn their degrees faster. The flexible format and curriculum offers a wide variety of degree programs and concentrations.

One of our core values is ‘creating an awesome work environment’ and – as a company with roots in education – being able to offer this program to our associates is an energizing accomplishment. We’re so excited to watch ambitious associates reach their educational goals.

Nycci Jones

Director of Learning, Talent, and Diversity

The Commitment Grant works in conjunction with Nelnet’s existing tuition assistance program to cover 100% of eligible full-time associates’ online tuition, including books and fees. For example, here’s how the new partnership could deliver you a free advanced degree:

Calendar Year Tuition Cost: $19,890

Nelnet Tuition Assistance: $5,250

Commitment Grant: $14,640*

Out-of-Pocket Costs: $0

*Technology and graduation fees are waived, and books and course materials are included in tuition cost.back to 1

Colorado Technical University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, with business degree programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

This partnership with Colorado Technical University closely aligns with Nelnet’s values. The program recognizes and gives course credit for eligible past college, military, and work experience. To help build understanding of topics for students with various learning styles, the mobile-friendly classes use live chats, real world scenarios, and discussion boards.

Thanks to Colorado Technical University and the Commitment Grant, Nelnet is charting a new, brighter path to associate education and achievement – and taking another giant step toward building a diverse workforce that’s ready for whatever the future brings.


Jeff Deans

Copy Director

Jeff Deans is a Copy Director. With decades of creative experience behind his work, he concepts ideas and crafts language for a wide range of projects and businesses across Nelnet. Away from the keyboard, Jeff turns his creative focus to smoking meats, obsessing over fantasy football, and getting lost in TikTok.