Courses & Structure

Low Cost. Flexible Schedules. Online Courses. Weekly Gatherings.


Students participate in academic as well as religious education — a hallmark of an LDS education. And one of the best benefits is that courses are flexible, allowing students to complete assignments when it's convenient.

PathwayConnect courses help students learn basic skills, build confidence, develop spiritually, and gain abilities needed to succeed professionally and personally. PathwayConnect's academic courses are offered online, and religion classes are offered through local LDS institutes of religion or online, depending on a student's age.

PathwayConnect offers two program versions.

Select a program below to learn more.

Standard Version

Proficient in English

PathwayConnect's Standard version is for students who are native English speakers or are otherwise proficient in the English language. Students should expect to spend 15–20 hours doing coursework each week. PathwayConnect takes 1 year (3 semesters) to complete. Students take one academic course and one religion course each semester.

Standard Version

PathwayConnect Courses

Academic Courses

Life Skills

Students learn study skills, self-reliance, academic planning, provident living, budgeting, goal setting, time management, and more.

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Basic Writing

Students learn to effectively demonstrate the use of formal written English and grammatical forms in personal and professional communication.

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Intro to Algebra & Personal Finance

Students learn the fundamentals of basic mathematics, personal finance, and introductory algebra.

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Religion Courses
Age 18-30 Age 31+


PathwayConnect students ages 18-30 take one institute course each of the three terms they are enrolled in PathwayConnect at no extra cost. Available courses vary at each institute location.

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Book of Mormon (Part 1)

Book of Mormon (Part 1) covers 1 Nephi-Alma 29. Doctrinal topics include faith, repentance, the Atonement, the premortal life, the purpose of life, and the doctrine of Christ.

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Book of Mormon (Part 2)

Book of Mormon (Part 2) covers Alma 30-Moroni 10. Doctrinal topics include faith, repentance, the Atonement, the premortal life, the purpose of life, and the doctrine of Christ.

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Jesus Christ and the Everlasting Gospel

This course focuses on the eternal ministry of Jesus Christ and His divine roles and teachings throughout His premortal, mortal, and postmortal life. Students will deepen their understanding of the Savior Jesus Christ and increase their personal discipleship.

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Weekly Gatherings

In addition to taking courses online, PathwayConnect students also gather once a week (every Thursday evening) at a local LDS institute or church meetinghouse where they participate in learning and leadership activities associated with their courses, build friendships, and get support.

Weekly Gatherings

Gather for 1.5-3 hours

Select Course Version

Standard Version: Proficient in English
Language Version: Intermediate English Proficiency

Select Age Range

Gathering Schedule
Every Thursday Night
PathwayConnect Gathering 1.5 Hours
Institute 1.5 Hour

Weekly Gatherings

Participate in discussions

PathwayConnect gatherings help students deepen their learning through teaching. Every Thursday evening, a different student takes a turn leading learning activities and discussions during the gathering.

Weekly Gatherings

Get Support from students

Only one word seems adequate when describing the feeling you get at a PathwayConnect gathering — “family.” It is because of the love the students share as they work together to reach their goals. Most students say that weekly gatherings are their favorite part of the program.

Weekly Gatherings

Meet at a local church building or LDS institute

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PathwayConnect's low tuition brings a university education within reach of many who thought they could not afford it. Tuition1 varies by country and is carefully set to match the economic circumstances of local residents.

In some countries there may be taxes, payments, or other credits associated with education. It is an individual's responsibility to understand and comply with tax laws for their country. Students are encouraged to consult their local tax authority for more information.

Cost Estimator


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Select Course Version

Standard Version: Proficient in English
Language Version: Intermediate English Proficiency

Select Age Range

18–30-year-old students take 2 additional credits each semester from their local institute. These credits are free of charge.

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per credit in your country

Cost per credit3 in your country


Tuition figures are represented in U.S. dollars. Tuition may increase annually.

A course credit is a measurement used to quantify the workload for a specific course that enables universities to set a requirement to graduate.
PathwayConnect Tuition
Per Credit $
Per Semester $
Full Year $

Tuition is paid on a semesterly basis.

BYU-Idaho Online Degree After PathwayConnect

Total tuition costs may be lower for students transferring previously earned university credit.


15 Credits

Associate Degree $

60 Credits
Includes tuition from certificate and PathwayConnect

Bachelor's Degree $

120 Credits
Includes tuition from certificate, associate degree, and PathwayConnect

Textbooks & Course Materials

There are no additional fees for textbooks or other course materials during PathwayConnect. However, after PathwayConnect, students who pursue a certificate or degree online through BYU-Idaho will have additional fees for textbooks and materials.

Financial Aid

United States

PathwayConnect students in the United States do not qualify for U.S. federal financial aid because PathwayConnect is not a degree-granting program. PathwayConnect students also do not qualify for BYU-Idaho scholarships. This is one of the reasons PathwayConnect tuition is set so low. Students are encouraged to search for private scholarships if they need financial assistance.

After PathwayConnect, U.S. students who have a high school diploma or equivalent are eligible to apply for U.S. federal financial aid if they enter a degree-granting program through a college or university.

Other Countries

PathwayConnect students do not qualify for BYU-Idaho scholarships. PathwayConnect students outside the United States may consider searching for private scholarships as a possible option to gain financial assistance.

For additional questions about tuition and financial aid, visit our Help page.


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