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You can earn college credits through free and low-cost alternatives to traditional college classes.

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Can I earn a degree in less than four years?
Can I avoid massive student loan debt?
Can I pick a degree path that suits me?
Can I get college credit for things I already know?
How can I go back to school if I dropped out?

If you've ever asked yourself any of these questions, we can help you find the answers you need and point you in the right direction. You can save your time and money while you earn a degree that will be meaningful to you.

Save Money

It's not a secret that college is expensive, but there are options available to help you save money. Instead of spending thousands of dollars in tuition, especially for easier general education classes, you can use online resources and proctored exams to earn many college credits for a fraction of the cost.

Save Time

The average students spends at least two more semesters than expected to complete a college degree. That's a lot of time. Earning credits outside of college classrooms allows you to study and test out of classes at your own pace, instead of being limited by a university's semester schedule and class availability.

Explore Topics

Choosing a major is a difficult decision for many people, and it can draw out your time and costs to earn your degree. Exploring courses using self-paced, online resources can help you hone in on a suitable degree faster, without losing years of time and semesters of tuition to figure it out.

Alternatives to Colleges and Universities

StraighterLine

About

StraighterLine is a student success and college readiness company that provides high quality online general education courses that colleges recognize for credit. StraighterLine’s low-cost online courses are offered to students for a $99-a-month subscription. StraighterLine has developed a network of over 130 accredited colleges and universities that guarantee acceptance of StraighterLine courses. StraighterLine’s courses have been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT), and will be considered by more than 2,000 other colleges and universities for credit transfer. StraighterLine currently serves over 25,000 individual students a year. Visit https://www.straighterline.com or https://partners.straighterline.com for more information.

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Sophia

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Sophia's mission is to help students achieve college success with Sophia Pathways, which are affordable, flexible, competency-based online courses. These self-paced courses cost a fraction of traditional college courses, and are accessible anytime, from any device.

As part of Sophia's ongoing commitment to learning, they also provide free college readiness resources for students, including test prep and refresher courses, as well as professional development resources for teachers.

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Study.com

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Study.com is an online education platform that helps learners of all ages excel academically and close skills gaps. From test prep and homework help to earning low-cost college credit and developing workplace skills, Study.com’s online courses, short animated video lessons and study tools have made learning simple for over 30 million students, teachers and working professionals. Study.com was founded in 2002 and is a privately-held company located in Mountain View, California. Find them online at http://www.study.com or download the mobile app from the iOS app store or Google Play.

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Saylor Academy

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Saylor Academy is a nonprofit initiative working since 2008 to offer free and open online courses to all who want to learn. We offer nearly 100 full-length courses at the college and professional levels, each of which is available right now -- at your pace, on your schedule, and free of cost.

Whether you are looking for career advancement, degree completion, professional development, or more casual learning, we have something just for you. At Saylor Academy, you can earn modern, digital certificates of completion; earn tuition-free college credit through our network of partner schools; or even start a low-cost, convenient degree program.

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DSST

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If experience is the world’s greatest teacher, then your experiences may well qualify you for college credit. The nationally recognized DSST Credit-by-Exam Program gives students the opportunity to get college credit for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom.  With more than 30 exam titles in college subject areas such as Social Sciences, Math, Applied Technology, Business, Physical Sciences, and Humanities, DSST  exams shorten the pathway to graduation while reducing college costs.

Prior learning assessment tools like DSST Exams offer students a cost-effective, time-saving way to use knowledge acquired outside of the classroom (from personal research, on-the-job training, independent study, work or military field experience) to accomplish their educational goals.

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CLEP - The College-Level Examination Program®

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The College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) has been the most widely trusted credit-by-examination program for over 50 years, accepted by 2,900 colleges and universities and administered in more than 1,800 test centers. This rigorous program allows students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of introductory college-level material and earn college credit. Students can earn credit for what they already know by getting qualifying scores on any of the 33 examinations.

While CLEP is sponsored by the College Board, only colleges may grant credit toward a degree. Not all colleges have the same CLEP policies—some colleges accept credit for a few exams, while others accept credit for all of them. A college often grants the same amount of credit to a student who earns satisfactory scores on a CLEP exam as it does for a student who successfully completes the related course.

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Progress On Your Own Schedule

Choose what to study and when to study, and schedule exams as soon as you're ready to move on. With many resources available at your fingertips, you can learn much faster than you would in a college classroom. Most of the options available are general education classes, although some of the providers also branch out into other subjects, like advanced math and foreign languages.