Saving Money on College Credits

We all know that a college degree is important in today's job market. But it can also be out of reach for many students due to limited budgets. It doesn't have to be!

Did you know there are tests you can take for college credits? This is a great option for people who want to accelerate their degree, or want to save money. Three credit courses can run anywhere from $250 to $1000 per credit, where as most tests are less than $100.

COST: $80 + non-refundable administration fee (usually about $10)

"The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) helps you receive college credit for what you already know, for a fraction of the cost of a college course. Developed by the College Board, CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, available at more than 2,900 colleges and universities. Pass any of the 33 CLEP exams and achieve your college and career goals."

Cost: $80 + non-refundable administration fee (usually about $10)

"DSST exams are recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Our extensive list of subject-level exams are offered in diverse disciplines and cover upper and lower-level baccalaureate credit courses. These exams help students save time and money while accelerating graduation completion.Thousands of colleges and universities recognize and recommend DSST exams for credit to students of all kinds including:"

Cost: Varies from $95- $440 + $50/$60 Administration Fee.

"The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for UExcel exams. Our nursing exams are the only nursing exams evaluated and recommended for credit by ACE CREDIT. Accepted for credit at hundreds of colleges and universities, UExcel exams can save you time and money compared to completing equivalent course work."

These are great options for good test-takers and those who are independent learners. Be sure to check with your school's administration office to be sure they accept these tests.