Save Money on College Tip 10: Take Two Years of Courses at StraighterLine

Jeffrey Simons

Take Two Years of CoursesBy Jeffrey Simons

Today’s post is the last in a series of 10 tips on how to save money on college.

Today’s tip is . . .

Take Two Years of Courses at StraighterLine

We hope you’ve been enjoying our series on how to cut the cost of college. For our last post, we have an out of the box suggestion that could change the way you think about your college experience entirely.

Have you ever considered taking two whole years of college courses online with StraighterLine? Whether you’re going back to college as an adult learner, or starting college straight out of high school, if you want to lower your costs of college, this is a cost cutting idea that can save you thousands and thousands of dollars.

Think about how much you can save. Let’s say you take our Freshman Year for $1299 plan, which lets you take up to ten 3- and 4-credit introductory level college courses.

Compare that to the average published college tuition and fees rates for undergraduates for 2012-2013 according to The College Board:

Public 2-Year (In-State): $3,131

Public 4-Year (In-State): $8,655

Public 4-Year (Out-of-State): $21,706

Private Nonprofit 4-Year: $29,056

For-Profit: $15,172

Even if you were planning on going to your local community college, you’ll save more than half the cost of tuition and fees at StraighterLine. And if you were planning on going to a Private Nonprofit 4-Year school, you would save over 95% in tuition and fees! And that doesn’t even take into account room and board.

But what if you didn’t stop there? What if you took a second year with StraighterLine? 12 Months of our subscription plan costs $1188, plus your one-time per course fees. Let’s say you took another 10 courses at $49 each. That’s a total of $1678 for your second year’s worth of courses.

For a total of only $2,977 you could take 20 introductory college courses, at your own pace, online. You can choose from the most common courses every students take at most colleges and universities around the country: College Algebra, Precalculus. English Composition I & II, U.S. History I & II, Western Civilization I & II, Intro to Sociology, Intro to Religion, Intro to Philosophy, Intro to Criminal Justice, Accounting I & II, Economics I & II, Intro to Business, Business Statistics, Financial Accounting, Business Ethics, Business Law, Managerial Accounting, General Chemistry 1 with lab, Anatomy & Physiology I & II with Lab, and Intro to Biology with Lab, just to name a few.

Once you complete your courses, you can transfer your credits to one of our Partner Schools automatically upon enrollment, or through ACE CREDIT to over 1,800 participating colleges and universities to complete your degree.

There’s a name for students who think ahead and plan college this way. They’re called “Intentional Transfer Students” and there are more and more of them every day.

There’s another name for students like that, too: Smart.

Look, it would be nice if money were no object and we could all afford to go to our dream school. But increasingly, those dreams are out of reach for more and more of us. Colleges and universities, even state schools, are accepting fewer and fewer students who have merit but don’t have money. That’s according to a new book, “Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality” by Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton, which shows that schools are increasingly pursuing and admitting “cash cows” while neglecting lower-income students.

To reach the educational goal you’ve set for yourself in the 21st century, you need to look outside of the well-worn traditional paths that don’t actually deliver like they used to. You need to be proactive and innovative in how you get your education and your degree.

In this series, we’ve offered you many different ways of lowering the cost of college. They're not intended to be an exhaustive list, and we know that they won’t work for everyone. But we hope that they will get you thinking about the best way for you to save money when you get your college degree. And we believe that StraighterLine, and our partner schools, may represent one of the best, most affordable paths to your college degree.


Jeffrey Simons has been in advertising since the mid-1980s, when faxes were “new technology” and portable computers were the size of suitcases. Now, as Storyteller-in-Chief for his own social media consultancy, JL Simons Marketing & Advertising Consulting, he gets to tell true stories to interested readers for deserving brands.

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