Conservapedia:College Guidance

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Conservapedia offers free college guidance, including how to obtain quality degrees for less cost.

Specifically, this entry will provide information on how to take free courses here that will enable students to excel on CLEP, DANTES, DSST, TECEP, or AP exams to obtain quality college credits to much lower cost than typical tuition charges.

Students have reportedly obtained entire college degrees for a total cost of less than $9000 by earning two full years of credit based on CLEP exams.

Completing college in three years can save 25% in tuition and expenses and opportunity costs. Some colleges facilitate early graduation and transfer credits, while others have policies making it difficult to accelerate the process.

Thomas Edison State College, for example, provides a low-cost path to a college degree costing that utilizes online education, perhaps costing as little as $10,000 overall.[1]

There are numerous online colleges. There are also many online sites, such as "istudysmart.com", offer a three-step approach to obtaining college credits more cheaply than current tuition rates.[2]

Many four-year colleges and community colleges offer affordable college credit through distance learning programs, which enable students to juggle school with jobs. Conservapedia courses can help fill in the gaps in these courses at no additional cost to the students.

College Cost-per-year CLEP or 3-year policy
Liberty University $24,360[3]

Analysis

A good goal is to obtain 30 credit hours from CLEP and other sources, in order to exceed the 24 or so credit hours that are required to obtain a full year's worth of credit (requirements vary from school to school).

It helps immensely to identify several colleges early in the process, long before you pick which one you'll want to attend, and then check out their credit transfer policy. Many colleges refuse to transfer credits from community colleges for certain classes, and not all colleges accept CLEP credits either.

Choice of major

Not all degrees are created equal. With the rising cost of education, some degrees may simply not be worth the tuition and opportunity costs anymore. Edward H. Romney, in his book Living Well on Practically Nothing, writes, "Only degrees in law, medicine, accounting, engineering, computer science, and the physical and biological sciences are worthwhile these days. Liberal college counselors lure students into liberal arts, education, and the social sciences. The kids prefer liberal courses to more substantial courses because they are easier and they get higher marks. They have to study less in these programs, but what they learn is mostly left-wing political indoctrination and secular humanism. It is a pity that parents pay for this kind of education and banks loan money against it. They will be sorry."

  1. http://www.tesc.edu/1673.php
  2. http://www.istudysmart.com/content.asp?cid=227
  3. includes all expenses
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