Finish College in Three Years and Save Money

Barry Lenson

Finish College in Three Years and Save MoneyFinish College in Three Years and Save Money

Can you finish college in three years and save as much as 25% in college costs? Yes, you can.

One strategy is to attend a regular college that offers three-year degrees. Some schools that have been offering three-year programs for several years include Hartwick College, Chatham University, Purdue University, and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

According to “New Three-Year Degree Programs Trim College Costs,” a recent online article in U.S. News, even more colleges are jumping onto the bandwagon and offering degrees in three years. They include American University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Grace College and Seminary, Lesley University, and St. John’s University.

Attending a college that offers a three-year program is one option. But there are even more ways to cut a least a year from your college work. They include . . .

  • Earn credit for life experience by taking the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam.
  • Pack your high school schedule with lots of Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and then take Advanced Placement (AP) Exams to earn credits for your advanced work. It’s a no-cost way to earn college credit and shorten your time on campus.
  • Place out of courses in college. Then ask to move up to the next level.
  • Simply take more courses in each of the semesters when you are in school. Taking five courses in one term might not be easy, but it could eliminate $50,000 in annual tuition fees and college costs.
  • Take courses online at StraighterLine. And then transfer the credit that they carry to another institution through the ACE program. Or take your earned credits and matriculate at one of StraighterLine’s Partner Colleges and Universities.

So are there practical, realistic ways to earn your degree ahead of the pack, in only three years? Yes, there are. And as the U.S. News article we cite above makes clear, more colleges are waking up to the fact that three-year programs can be a very good idea.

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