Freshman Year at College for $1000 or Less?

Jaime Dalbke

With annual college costs soaring past $50,000, you probably think
it’s impossible to pay for your first year of college for $1,000 or

But if you think it’s impossible, think again. More students are
slashing their college costs dramatically by applying some or all of
these strategies:

  • Strategy one: 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.
  • Strategy two: Turn your specialized knowledge into
    credit hours
    . Did you grow up speaking a second language?
    Did you excel in an advanced placement test (AP Tests) in high school – but
    one that never granted you college-level credits? 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.
  • Strategy three: Don’t overlook Veterans benefits.
    If you are a vet or a current member of the military, be sure to
    investigate the sources of funding available to you. 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).
  • Strategy four: Take reasonably priced college courses online to
    front-load your college process. provides online college courses that are transferable for college credit, allows you to fulfill your required curricular courses for a very attractive price indeed – as little as $59 per course with our StraighterLine Monthly Membership.

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