Affordable Education for Everyone


The following policy governs’s online collection of information from you. Specifically, it outlines the types of information that gathers about you while you are using this website or other properties (“Website”), and the way that uses and doesn’t use this information. This Privacy Statement does not apply to any information you may provide to us or that we may collect offline and/or through other means; for example, at a live event, via telephone, or through the mail.


Children should always get permission from their parents before sending any information about themselves (such as their names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers) over the Internet, to us or to anyone else. Our Website is not directed at children under 13, and we won’t knowingly allow anyone under 13 to provide us any personally identifying information; if you’re under 13, please don’t provide any information about yourself on this website.


The information that collects about visitors while they are using this website falls into two general categories:

Information You Provide to Us. may collect and store information that you voluntarily supply either while on the Website or in responding via e-mail to a feature provided on the Website. Examples of this type of information include: information that you electronically submit when you register on the Website, information that you post on discussion forums on the Website, information submitted to’s online calendar, and information contained in search requests or questions that you submit to the Website. If you decline to supply or provide with certain information while using this Website, you may not be able to use or participate in some or all of the features offered through this Website. If you are logged in to, you can update or correct any information associated with your registration or subscription account by visiting My Account, and you can change any information in your community profile by clicking your Display Name; both links are in the header of virtually every page on the site.

Information that is Automatically Collected. also collects and stores information that is generated automatically as you navigate through the Website. For example, to enhance your experience on the Website, uses a standard feature found in browser software called a “cookie.” Cookies are small files that we place on your hard drive for record-keeping purposes. By showing how and when visitors use the site, cookies help us track user trends and patterns. Cookies make your experience easier by saving your preferences and passwords. We also use cookies that contain no personal information at all. These cookies help us estimate our audience size, determine which areas of are the most popular, and serve targeted advertising. Our advertisers and those who provide products and/or services through our site may also assign their own cookies, a process we don’t control. We don’t have access to these cookies or to any information they contain. Many browsers are set to accept cookies. You may prefer to set your browser to refuse cookies. It is possible, however, that some areas of this Website will not function properly if you do so. also uses Web beacons (also known as “single-pixel GIFs”) to count users who visit the site. This information allows us, among other things, to improve the delivery of our Web pages to you and to measure traffic on the site.

We automatically collect limited information about your computer configuration when you visit our site, including the type of browser software you use, the operating system you’re running, the resolution of your computer monitor, the Website that referred you, and your IP address. (Your IP address is a numerical address that is used by computers connected to the Internet to identify your computer so that data (such as the Web pages you want to view) can be transmitted to you. We also use IP address information for systems administration and trouble-shooting purposes. Your IP address does not tell us who you are.) We use this information to make our site as useful as we can for as many users as possible.

USE AND DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION uses the information it collects from you while you are using this Website in a variety of ways, including marketing of our own products to you or for sending messages on behalf of other organizations. We also use the information to customize features and advertising that appear on the Website. We review our users’ preferences, demographics, traffic patterns, and other information so that we can better understand our audience and what they want. Tracking user preferences also helps us serve you more relevant advertising. If you register or subscribe to access premium content, we may also sell your name and mailing address to third parties; if you fill out a form in order to access sponsored material or events, we may share whatever information you provide with that feature’s sponsor.

Ad Serving. We use a third party advertising company to serve ads when you visit our site. This company may use certain non-personally identifiable information (does not include your name, address, e-mail or telephone number) about your visits to our Website and other sites, in combination with other non-personally identifiable information about your purchases and interests from other online of offline sources, in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. In addition, we share Web usage information about visitors to our sites with this company for the purpose of managing and targeting advertisements and for market research analysis on our site and other sites. For these purposes, we and our third-party advertising company may note some of the pages you visit on our site through the use of pixel tags (also known as “clear GIFs”). In the course of serving advertisements to this site, our third-party advertiser may place or recognize a unique “cookie” on your computer.

Customer Service. If you contact for customer service, will also use your personal information to try to verify that the person contacting is you.

Information Disclosed in Public Areas. You should be aware that if you voluntarily disclose personal information online in a public area of the site, such as on discussion forums, or in chat areas, that information can be seen, collected and used by others besides cannot be responsible for any unauthorized third party use of information that you disclose in a public area on the site.

Vendors and Service Providers. To make our site more valuable to our visitors, we may offer some features in conjunction with other providers (“Provider Partners”). Our discussion forums and e- newsletters, for example, may be made available through cooperative arrangements with providers that specialize in operating such services. In some instances, our Provider Partners will have the same access to your information as we do. Their use of the information will be subject to the terms of their respective privacy policies, which you can find on their Websites.

Links And Features Offered In Conjunction With Other Providers. The website includes links to other websites, and provides access to products and services offered by third parties, whose privacy policies we do not control. When you access another website or purchase products or services or conduct other transactions through this website, use of any information you provide is governed by the privacy policy of the operator of the site you are visiting or the provider of such products or services.

Other Disclosures. We may occasionally release information about our visitors when release is appropriate to comply with law, to enforce our Visitor Agreement, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of visitors to our site, our customers, the public or In the unlikely event that or substantially all of its assets is acquired by another company, information on our visitors would be among the transferred assets.

E-mail Communication to our Users. E-mail may be sent by, our Provider Partners acting on our behalf, and sponsors of features on, but only to users that request or agree to receive e-mail messages, such as e-newsletters and marketing messages. The e-mail address provided by you at registration, or as updated, may also be used by or its Provider Partners to contact you for any reason, including: (1) your account status, (2) notification of the availability of new content or features of the site, (3) participation in user surveys, asking for feedback on the Website and (4) notifying you of existing or prospective products and services offered by us or our advertisers and partners. may send also you e-mail messages in connection with commerce services. These messages include, but are not limited to (1) order confirmations, (2) information about renewals, (3) service updates, and (4) response to customer support requests.


Transmission of personal information to our servers uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software to encrypt the information during transmission. All information gathered on is stored within a controlled database. The database is stored on servers secured behind a firewall; access to the servers is password-protected and is accessible only to authorized personnel. In addition, stores credit card information and passwords in an encrypted, non-human readable format. Although, we use all reasonable efforts to safeguard the privacy of your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of our servers or databases, nor can we guarantee that information you supply won’t be intercepted while being transmitted to us over the Internet.