If you think it’s impossible to complete your first year of college for $1,000 or less, think again. You really can keep costs that low if you apply one or more of these strategies:
Turn what you already know into credit hours. Perhaps you grew up speaking a second language at home. Or maybe you took advanced placement tests in high school – but never earned college credit for them. The solution can be to take a standardized test that’s administered by Educational Testing Service (the same company that offers the SAT, GMAT and other standardized tests). Called the CLEP (College Credit for Life Experience) Test, this exam is offered in more than 30 subject areas that include languages, history, mathematics and science. The cost is currently $72 per test. (A whole lot less than the cost of most college courses.) So be sure to ask the colleges where you are applying if you can utilize the CLEP to earn credits.
Get college credit for life experiences. Speak with admissions representatives of colleges you are considering to see whether you can get college credit for experiences you have had in professional life.
Don’t overlook Veterans education benefits. The Post-911 GI Bill is designed to help pay educational costs – even the cost of housing and textbooks – for soldiers, veterans, and reservists. To learn more, visit The Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website or call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
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