There are countless people who did not attend a university or a college due to the rising prices in tuition. And there is even a higher percentage in college drop-outs for the reason of insufficient funds. Consequently, one may resort to a technical school to attain a trade, but even that will be too steep without financial help. So, what do you do? You settle for a job that will temporarily subsidize your living in lieu of searching for a way to get back into school – well, at least that notion applies to some.
My College Story
I was one of the many individuals who could not afford college after my junior year. I attended a community college where I was in the midst of obtaining an Associates of Arts degree with a focus in biological sciences. During that time, I couldn’t figure out what I want to do with my life. One moment I wanted to become a teacher and the next I wanted to become a doctor. There was a time where I thought I should become a nurse because of the high demand, and I know eventually I would land a job upon graduation.
So having been indecisive, it led me into taking courses that weren’t indispensable. I exceeded the required credit limit for a person enrolled in an Associate’s program. I had to enroll in a Bachelor’s program, which I couldn’t because their programs required you to have an Associate’s degree, or continue the Associate degree out-of-pocket. I couldn’t do either therefore I had no choice but to drop out.
Ever since then, I have been in search of inexpensive ways to earn college credits without having to pay thousands of dollars per semester.
National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS)
The National College Credit Recommendation Service is a program that allows a student to turn their learning experiences into college credits. You can gain learning experience through free or paid educations such as the following:
The Saylor Foundation
The Saylor Foundation is one of my favorite sites as it is very similar to a real college or university. You can study the Bachelor of Arts or Science degree – free – in many areas of study such as Business Administration, English Literature, Computer Science, Psychology and many other fascinating programs. How Saylor works is that you pick a program that you would like to study – can select as many as you want – and enroll into the courses. However many courses you would like to study is solely up to you. When you have finished with each unit for the course, a final exam is required. If you pass the exam, you will receive a certificate.
In order for you to receive credit for an approved course, you will have to take another exam, which will be proctored and associated with a measly fee. Upon the passing and completion of the proctored exam, you can now transfer you learned skill to credits as well as to a school of your child. Be mindful that not all schools have approved the National College Credit Recommendation Service yet. Currently, there is an aggregate of 1500 approved schools; so, be sure to check them out.