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Charter Oak State College is Connecticut's public online college offering master's programs, bachelor's and associate degree programs, and certificate programs for adults. The College was established in 1973 by the Connecticut legislature and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and by the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education.
The College offers degree completion programs in several high-demand fields, including Business, Health Care, Public Safety, Cyber Security, etc. Students can complete degrees in many majors and concentrations through the exclusive use of affordable and accelerated online courses. In other cases, majors and concentrations may be completed by combining Charter Oak's courses and other credit sources.
Our online degree programs mean no need to travel to campus after work or on the weekends. We are accessible to you wherever, whenever. You can earn credit through alternate sources like testing, exams, military training, lifelong learning through our portfolio program, credit evaluated by ACE, National CCRS, the Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP), and credential evaluation. We make it easy to transfer credit you have already earned from other regionally accredited colleges and universities.
Charter Oak State College recognizes that a college degree is an investment in your future, and we are committed to helping you achieve your educational goals. We offer various financial aid programs in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans to eligible students. The amount and type of assistance for most programs will depend on your financial need, enrollment plans, and federal, state, and institutional allocations of annual funds, and expected family contribution (EFC).
While federal student aid will be awarded to all eligible students continuously during the academic year, there are priority consideration dates that you should know. For more information, see the Financial Aid Semester Calendar.
Where ever you are and whenever it is convenient for you. Charter Oak State College provides online degree completion programs that are flexible, affordable, accredited, and convenient. Are you a student at another college and seeking to catch up or get ahead on your credits? Do you want to earn credits but need the flexibility that an online course offers? Alternatively, perhaps your home institution does not offer a course when you want to take it. You can register as a visiting student at Charter Oak to take courses without enrolling in a degree program.
The Charter Oak State College Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to our adult college students by awarding scholarships and grants.
Endowed Scholarship Funds have been established with the generous support of family, friends, and fans of COSC. The endowment of funds creates a lasting legacy.
Whether you choose to customize your degree or select one of our majors or discipline-specific concentrations, or apply for our Graduate degree program, rest assured that your degree will provide you with an incredibly well-rounded education. The degree's core general education requirements promote strong communication and decision-making skills that prepare you for career success. Every degree awarded by Charter Oak is carefully reviewed by our esteemed faculty members to ensure it meets the highest academic standards.
At Charter Oak, we are known for the support that we provide our adult students. Once you apply, you will be assigned an Admissions Counselor who will guide you through the Admissions process and establish a roadmap for degree completion. Upon enrollment, you will be provided an Academic Advisor with expertise in your area of study. This Advisor will assist you throughout the degree completion process. Our graduates tell us that this type of personal support made all the difference in achieving their goal of degree completion. Nothing makes us prouder than to see our graduates succeed. In general, earning a degree offers higher earning potential and career advancement throughout a person's lifetime. Many of our graduates also report increased confidence and a personal sense of satisfaction resulting from completing their degrees.
The Connecticut General Assembly created the Board of State Academic Awards in 1973. In 1980, the Board received legislative authorization to designate its degree program as a college. The name was chosen, "Charter Oak College," commemorated an early success in Connecticut's struggle for self-governance and was particularly suited to a public institution popularly known as the Constitution State. In 1992, the name was changed to Charter Oak State College to facilitate recognition that the College was part of the state system of public higher education. In 2009, the State statute was changed to grant Charter Oak State College authority to offer Master's degrees. In 2011, the Connecticut Legislature reorganized the state system of higher education, combining the twelve community colleges, the four state universities, and Charter Oak State College under one governing Board called the Board of Regents.

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