Frequently Asked Questions
On February 7, 2017, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the creation of a new organization within the Church Educational System (CES) called BYU-Pathway Worldwide, with the current PathwayConnect program (formerly called Pathway) being one of its core programs. More information is available at pathway.lds.org.
What is PathwayConnect?
PathwayConnect is a one-year, low-cost educational program that mixes the flexibility of online academic courses, religious education, and the benefits of weekly face-to-face gatherings with other students. (On February 7, 2017, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf announced the creation of a new organization within the Church Educational System called BYU-Pathway Worldwide, with the PathwayConnect program being one of its core products.) PathwayConnect helps students develop confidence, become self-reliant, and build leadership experience — all of which enhance students’ prospects for further education, employment, church service, and/or leading and supporting families. After students complete PathwayConnect, they may continue working toward a degree by enrolling in a BYU-Idaho online degree program, attending a local school, entering the workforce, or pursuing a variety of other goals.
Two program versions are available: Standard (for native English speakers) and L (for non-native English speakers). To learn more about PathwayConnect, visit pathway.lds.org.
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How is PathwayConnect able to offer education at such a low cost?
Because cost is the primary barrier that keeps people from pursuing higher education, PathwayConnect is committed to keeping tuition costs reasonable and affordable. Following are some of the ways PathwayConnect is able to keep tuition costs low:
- Volunteers: Individual PathwayConnect locations are facilitated by service missionaries with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This volunteer service saves PathwayConnect millions of dollars in overhead costs.
- Donations: Generous philanthropists donate millions of dollars to PathwayConnect each year.
- Courses: PathwayConnect courses are delivered online.
- Facilities: Weekly PathwayConnect gatherings are facilitated at buildings owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and PathwayConnect is able to use them free of charge.