Where to Find Affordable & Accredited College Degree Programs Online

Where to Find Affordable & Accredited College Degree Programs Online
Beth Dumbauld

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

Today’s saving money on college tip is:

Attend a lower cost college.

The lower the overall tuition and fees at your college, the less you'll  pay per course, per semester, and for your degree. There are a sizable number of extremely affordable degree programs that cater to working adults - and provide high quality degrees with a high return on investment (ROI) for its graduates. Here are a few great low-cost degree options to help you avoid paying more for college than you have to:

  • StraighterLine offers its Full Year of College (10 courses for an entire year/12 months) program for $1299.
  • Competency-based degree programs, where students can get credit for life experience, typically cost between $2,500 and $6,000 per year.
  • Affordable schools will have liberal transfer credit policies that allow students to complete their general education courses for lower prices online in order to get academic experience and take down their average cost of college.

Some colleges market themselves as affordable, but in truth, are not. College affordability should not be measured by your ability to maximize the amount of loans you need to cover the cost of tuition. An affordable degree program is one that reduces your need to take out student loans and take on student debt.

"An affordable degree program is one that reduces your need to take out student loans and take on student debt."

To compare the affordability of a degree program, you should compare net prices, the amount you are required to pay, or pay back for each school you are considering. Often, you'll find that the published tuition and fees are far different than the net price required to prospective students, particularly those who qualify for financial aid discounts and scholarships. Apply to degree programs that will fit you career goals - then compare net prices, including any scholarship or discount programs. Remember, scholarships - you never have to pay back. Loans, you must pay back, even if you don't graduate.

Today’s scholarship highlight is:

scholarship_Concordia_123014Save up to 24% on your degree with the Concordia University - St. Paul Partner Scholarship & StraighterLine.

Concordia University - St. Paul is one of the participating StraighterLine Partner Colleges that offer a scholarship exclusively for StraighterLine transfer students.

Here’s how it works:

  • Complete just 4 StraighterLine courses to be eligible for a Concordia St. Paul Partner Scholarship.
  • Take the maximum number of courses at StraighterLine that fit into your degree program and save up to 24% on your degree from Concordia St. Paul.

It’s easy to qualify. There are no essays, lengthy applications or deadlines. All you need to do is complete four StraighterLine courses and transfer them to Concordia University - St. Paul. Your discount will be applied to the participating college’s tuition when you enroll.

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