Rivet School is a nonprofit college program that offers a clear, affordable path to earn a BA virtually (the first step to earning a teaching credential).

TeachStart is partnering with Rivet School to offer fellows in our Paraprofessional program the opportunity to earn their BA and begin the Scholar+ pathway. Interested fellows will work through a job-relevant BA program online, get support from a personal college coach, and work alongside a community of peers working towards the same goal. Those who put in about 15 hours a week can earn a BA in as little as 2-3 years all while working as TeachStart Paraprofessionals.

Rivet School has rolling application deadlines every 2 months to ensure that fellows can join when the time is best for them.

Program Overview Resources

  • Interest form: Fill out this form with your contact information and Rivet School’s Admissions Team will reach out directly to follow-up.
  • Program Brochure: Read more about our partnership and review upcoming admissions deadlines
  • Rivet School website

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a good fit for Rivet School?

  • This program is open to anyone with a high school diploma or GED
  • Paraprofessionals/ instructional aides who do not yet have their BA
  • Other school staff who are interested in earning a degree to unlock more opportunities
  • Parents and family members

What is the tuition and can students get financial aid?

  • Tuition is $2,333 per term ($7,000 per year)
  • Rivet School helps applicants complete federal financial aid forms and scholarship applications to cover as much of the cost of tuition as possible
  • Tuition is paid over three terms in the year or through a monthly payment plan.

What sets this program apart?

  • Completely virtual and flexible: Students go at their own pace and on their own hours. The program is completely project-based meaning there are no tests and no set class times.
  • Free 6-week onboarding: Rivet School wants to make sure that the program is the right fit for students. There is no cost for the first six weeks of onboarding so students can try out the program and see if it is the right fit.
  • Personalized coaching: Rivet School provides weekly 1 on 1 coaching to ensure students get all the support they need from academics to goal-setting.

More FAQs are available on our website https://www.rivetschool.org/faq