National University
Isenberg, University Massachusetts-Amherst


Learning 1st (L1st) is a collaborative partnership among four nationally recognized, regionally-accredited online institutions. The partnership consists of , Troy University (Troy), the University of Illinois-Springfield (UIS), the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass-Amherst), and Coastline College. Students will select a specific educational pathway that leads to both an associate (AA) and baccalaureate (BA or BS) degree. Each student will be assigned an advisor from both Coastline and the partner university in order to ensure that the student is provided with continuous advisement and guidance toward meeting the associate and baccalaureate degree requirements of both institutions. This collaborative student-centric approach among institutions substantially benefits the student. Additionally, students will enjoy a four-year tuition rate freeze, or tuition reduction, at the time of program admission and receive access to both institution's online student support services, resources, and libraries throughout their course of study, and the fee structure employed by Coastline is consistent with the tuition rates charged by all California Community Colleges. The goals of the L1st program are to increase access to affordable online higher education, reduce the time to degree completion through program articulation and collaboration among partners in support and instructional services, and increase the number of students reaching degree completion.

The L1st program has been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, guided by the belief that every life has equal value, they work to help all people lead healthy, productive lives and seek to ensure that all people, especially those with the fewest resources, have access to the opportunities needed to succeed.

The League for Innovation in the Community College helped lead this important initiative.


Learning 1st is a collaborative effort involving the League for Innovation in the Community College, Coastline College,, Troy University, the University of Illinois-Springfield, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, that is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Learning 1st promotes unique, sustainable, online degree completion models that decrease the amount of time and associated costs required for students to earn a bachelor's degree from a prominent four-year university.

This consortium is committed to increasing the capacity of community colleges to provide online baccalaureate degree completion pathways for low-income and working adults.

Guided Pathways

An integrated, institution-wide approach to student success based on intentionally designed, clear, coherent and structured educational experience, informed by available evidence, that guide each student effectively and efficiently from her/his point of entry through the attainment of high quality postsecondary credentials and careers with value in the labor market.

Benefits of Coastline's Learning 1st Program


Less expensive than most other 4-year degree programs.


Balance your life's responsibilities while earning your degree online.


Access to Advisors, Counselors, Tutors and University Partner Resources to help you throughout your program.

 Higher Retention & Graduation Rates

Our institutions have much higher retention and graduation rates compared to leading for-profit universities.

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Coastline National University

Accountancy (AA)

Accountancy (BS)

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Business Administration

Coastline UMass-Amherst
Isenberg School of Management

Business Administration (AS)

Business Administration (BBA)

(Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, or
Operations/Information Management)

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Business Administration

Coastline National University

Business (AA)

Business (BBA)

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Computer Science

Coastline University Illinois-Springfield

Computer Networking (AS)

Computer Science (BCS)


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Coastline University Illinois-Springfield

Computer Networking (AS)

Information Systems Security (BS)


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Early Childhood

Coastline National University

Early Childhood (AA)

Early Childhood (BA)

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Global Business

Coastline Troy University

Business (AA)

Global Business (BS)

(Human Resource Management)

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Human Services

Coastline Troy University

Human Services (AA)

Human Services (BS)


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Coastline Troy University

Psychology (AA)

Psychology (BS)

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Coastline National University

Sociology (AA)

Sociology (BA)

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 Coastline College

With almost 30 years' experience in distance learning, Coastline College offers a variety of college-credit course options to meet your educational needs. Take our online courses and work at your own time, place and speed!

 National University

National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit university in California. NU was founded in 1971 by retired U.S. Navy Capt. David Chigos. Our mission is to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 165,000 alumni worldwide.

 University Illinois-Springfield

Online learning at Illinois Springfield offers flexibility and convenience with the same high quality as our on-campus coursework.

 University Massachusetts-Amherst

The Isenberg School of Management's Online BBA program provides a flexible learning environment that delivers a superior AACSB-accredited education with the same curriculum as the onsite program.

 League for Innovation in the Community College

The League has a core of powerful and innovative community colleges that serves nationally and internationally as a catalyst, project incubator, and experimental laboratory for community colleges around the world.


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 Financial Aid

Students who meet the FAFSA general eligibility criteria may be eligible to receive financial aid. Please see this website for more details:
Federal Student Aid - Basic Eligibility Criteria

 Academic Advising

Academic advisers will be available to help students in the decision making process. They will guide and recommend the most suitable degree pathway for students.

 Virtual Library

Students accepted into the program and registered with the appropriate institution(s), will be granted access to the virtual libraries.

 Tuition Guarantee

Students who complete the program within four years are guaranteed either a tuition freeze or rate reduction depending on the degree pathway.

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