As should be pretty clear by now, California higher education is hurting for cash. Online education has potential to greatly reduce the cost of college. And Kaplan, Inc. knows a good deal when it sees one. What does this all mean? Well, according to Business Wire:

Kaplan University and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office today announced an agreement to allow California students to take single courses at the online University to help them fulfill their campus-based associate’s degree requirements.

The… program allows California students to enroll in online Kaplan courses that have been approved by individual California community colleges. Students in the Kaplan University Community College Connection program will be eligible for a 42 percent tuition reduction on their Kaplan University courses.

Interestingly, a Kaplan course appears to normally cost about $1059. A California community college course, in contrast, costs about $60. So even with the 42 percent discount students enrolling in the Kaplan University Community College Connection program are still facing a dramatically more expensive education than they would have enjoyed as normal community college students. It will, however, allow community college students to take advantage of the “personalized approach for which Kaplan is known,” according to Gregory Marino of the Kaplan University Group.

Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer