Earning a cheap college degree can mean many things. When I do a Google search on “cheap college degrees,” not surprisingly most of what I see are very bad choices for students. Interestingly, more than a couple of these companies have made offers on this domain name.
So how can you be sure that what I am suggesting is legitimate? Here’s some good guidelines:
- I am not trying to sell you a college degree; and
- I am not saying if you take a single test, you can earn a college degree; and
- I am not saying that you can earn a degree through “life experience;” and
- Everything that I tell you about is something that is already in place that you can verify for yourself (and often with a public entity).
So there is my disclaimer. I hope in the coming weeks and months you can see me living up to it.
What will you learn through this blog:
- You will learn about credits by examination. While it is definitely not possible to earn a college degree through a single examination, it is entirely possible to earn many college units using credit by examinations.
- You will learn about the different military options. The military has a number of programs where they will help you earn a college degree. This includes the service academies, but it also includes tuition assistance programs, the “G.I. Bill,” and more.
- You will learn about scholarships and grants. These are definitely available to you. Importantly, you will learn where to spend your time applying and where not to do so.
- You will learn about student loans. The single-greatest thing you will learn here is how to avoid student loans. Failing that, you will learn how to make wise choices with them.
- You will learn about creating portfolios. While no one is going to give you a degree for your life experience (“Hey, I worked at that place for 20 years!), you can earn college units by proving that you learned something while you worked there. This portfolio option can potentially be very rewarding.
- You will learn about the Big Three colleges. There are (at least) three colleges that are the most liberal in accepting credit-by-exam, transfer credit, and portfolios. You need to know about them.
- You will learn about cheap (and a few free) colleges and universities. There is wide variety in the tuition you can pay. It goes all the way from free to more than $60,000 per year. You will learn where you should be going to get the best financial deal.
And so much more. A little truth in advertising: The expectation is that, each and every week, you will get 2-3 substantive blog posts. While there may be some things that I share with you that are only a couple of sentences, those don’t count!
More truth in advertising: This blog will work better if you ask questions in the comments. I will always respond to questions.