Freshman year of college for $999. Go ahead, stock up on Ramen noodles

Jaime Dalbke

Freshman year of college for $999. Go ahead, stock up on Ramen noodles

College just got tastier. What’s so appetizing is StraighterLine’s Freshman Year of College for $999. Get a load of this. You can take any online college course for an entire year for only $999! No online prerequisites required.  Gobs of money saved for other stuff.

What a concept we have here—time and money. Think about it. You can take these classes anytime you want and go at your own pace. Girls, it’s like shopping with your girlfriends. What’s the rush? Guys, it’s like playing the back nine without those polyester-wearing geezers breathing down your neck in their fancy golf carts. Take a mulligan here, find your ball in the creek over there. No problem.

I know what you’re thinking. Show me the money. You know as well as I do that college is expensive and debt piles up fast. To illustrate, a research finding by FinancialAid.com reported that 86.3% of graduating four-year undergraduate students who applied for federal aid incurred an average cumulative debt of $24,651!

Let’s compare and contrast. Divide $24,651 by 4, as in four years to come up with a yearly debt you’ll have to pay off someday (sooner than you think). Here, I’ll do the math. My cell calculator reads: 6,162.75.

This begs the question. Would you rather owe $6,162.75 or pay $999 and check off the online prerequisites and then transfer debt-free to one of our partner colleges to focus on your major and complete your degree?

I’m going to go out on the proverbial limb here and say the word you’re thinking of is “smart.” What you’ll save in money by taking every freshman year online college course with StraighterLine would supply years’ worth of Ramen noodles. Or, pay for spring break. Or, fund a backpacking trip to Europe. Or, ensure you’re there for the big ball drop in Times Square. Or, insert your dream in the comments below.

Freshman year of college for $999. Sweet. What’s next? Make a beeline for StraighterLine.

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