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While the value of a college degree has never been higher, neither has the cost of earning that diploma. America suffers from over $1.3 trillion in student loan debt, and the number is only growing. Alternative college credit offers students less expensive pathways to earning a college degree. On this page, you'll find a wealth of information and advice to help you save money, slash stress, and open up your future.

How Do Employers View Online Degrees When Hiring?
How Do Employers View Online Degrees When Hiring?
by Bill Sands April 2017

Online degrees are sometimes viewed as being less valuable than those granted from an on-campus program. The rise of online learning, however, has led to a change in perception, and now these degrees are just as valuable as their traditional counterparts.

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5 Tips to Receive Financial Aid for an Online Program
5 Tips to Receive Financial Aid for an Online Program
by Irene Cooper March 2017

Online learning programs range from career-boosting skills advancement to graduate degrees. The distance format works wonderfully for people who want a flexible schedule, but finding financial aid can be tricky. The following offers five ways to get help paying for an online program.

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How Do I Know What Type of Alternative Credit is Right for Me?
How Do I Know What Type of Alternative Credit is Right for Me?
by Erin Riskey March 2017

There are a number of ways to earn college credit without ever stepping foot on a college campus. In this post, learn about the different types of alternative credit and then decide which approach is best for you.

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Enrolling in College? Ask These Questions About Their Credit Transfer Policy First
Enrolling in College? Ask These Questions About Their Credit Transfer Policy First
by Michelle Baumgartner March 2017

Transferring college credits can save you time and money. Although each institution follows its own policies and procedures, these questions will help you find the answers you need to better navigate the credit transfer process.

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Is the Pomodoro Technique Helpful While Studying Online?
Is the Pomodoro Technique Helpful While Studying Online?
by Patricia Willis February 2017

The Pomodoro Technique has been used by students, writers, and captains of industry to up their creativity and boost performance. But how useful is this little tomato while studying online?

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Strategies to Combat Procrastination While Taking Courses Online
Strategies to Combat Procrastination While Taking Courses Online
by Erin Riskey February 2017

Online courses can be a handy way to earn college credit, but they require a great deal of self-discipline and motivation if you want to be successful. Today you'll learn some strategies that can help you combat procrastination while taking courses online.

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How to Reach Out to Your Instructor for Your Online Courses
How to Reach Out to Your Instructor for Your Online Courses
by Abree Murch February 2017

If you're a nontraditional student or have major obligations outside of school, online courses can be incredibly convenient. But if you aren't meeting your professor face-to-face, how are you supposed to ask for help?

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What You Should Know About Dual Enrollment to Make a Good Decision
What You Should Know About Dual Enrollment to Make a Good Decision
by Patricia Willis February 2017

If the idea of saving on college tuition, or completing a college degree early appeals to you, dual enrollment might be a good option. Read the pros and cons, and then discuss your options with your career counselor to see if dual enrollment is the right choice for you.

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What You Need to Know Before Taking Online Classes as an International Student
What You Need to Know Before Taking Online Classes as an International Student
by Patricia Willis February 2017

Want to study abroad but can't afford the expense? Studying on a visa in the U.S. and considering online courses? We offer some tips that can help international students make the most of a virtual education.

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Feeling Overwhelmed? 6 Tips for Succeeding in Online Classes
Feeling Overwhelmed? 6 Tips for Succeeding in Online Classes
by Erin Riskey February 2017

Online classes are becoming increasingly popular, but they can often be a bit overwhelming at first, especially if you aren't properly prepared. Continue reading for some helpful hints that can help you succeed in online classes.

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How to Choose College Electives While Studying Online
How to Choose College Electives While Studying Online
by Amanda Johnson February 2017

If you're looking to fill your online elective courses then you might be wondering how to go about making your selection. The choices are numerous and so are the categories each elective falls within. Here are a few tips to guide you along the way.

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How I Earned a Second Bachelor's Degree Online
How I Earned a Second Bachelor's Degree Online
by Irene Cooper February 2017

To find her dream job, this liberal studies major decided to pursue a second bachelor's degree online and turn an obsession with cybersecurity into her next career path.

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Strategies for Taking Effective Notes While Studying Online
Strategies for Taking Effective Notes While Studying Online
by Amanda Johnson February 2017

Taking notes is an essential part of the learning process; however, adapting your note-taking skills to fit online courses can be a challenge. In this post, we'll go over some note-taking strategies to use while studying online.

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Will Alternative College Credit Impress My Future Employers?
Will Alternative College Credit Impress My Future Employers?
by Sarah Lentz December 2016

Learn how to earn college credit outside of college -- making the most of your education and experience -- and make a good impression on future employers.

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Quarter to Semester Credits - When & How to Calculate the Value
Quarter to Semester Credits - When & How to Calculate the Value
by Rachel Tustin November 2016

If you attend a college that uses quarter units, rather than semester units, you want to be sure you plan ahead. Whether you are transferring between schools or applying for a professional license, make sure you do the math for a smooth transition.

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Tips for Filling out Your PLA Portfolio
Tips for Filling out Your PLA Portfolio
by Patricia Willis November 2016

Developing a Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio doesn't have to be a stressful experience. With a few tips, some online resources, and help from your college counselor, you can create a knock-out portfolio of your own.

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What Does Course Level Mean for Transferring College Credit?
What Does Course Level Mean for Transferring College Credit?
by Patricia Willis November 2016

Can higher course levels make it easier to transfer college credits? We'll explore what course levels mean, how schools number their courses, and whether policies have an impact on you when you're ready to move on.

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Which Colleges Will Accept All My Transfer Credit?
Which Colleges Will Accept All My Transfer Credit?
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant November 2016

If you're one of the many students in the United States who plans to transfer at some point in your academic career, finding out which colleges will accept your transfer credit is an essential part of your educational journey.

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How Long Do I Have to Transfer CLEP and DSST Credits?
How Long Do I Have to Transfer CLEP and DSST Credits?
by Patricia Willis November 2016

Even if your testing was completed years ago, you may still be able to reap the benefits of CLEP and DSST exams and get the credit you need to start or finish your degree.

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Can I Receive Financial Aid as a Transfer Student?
Can I Receive Financial Aid as a Transfer Student?
by Kyle Aken November 2016

Obtaining a degree can be an expensive pursuit for just about anyone. Some students choose to start at a community college and then transfer over to a college or university in order to save some money. There are many other ways for transfer students to receive financial aid, from private scholarships to government grants.

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How to Check Course Equivalency When Transferring Online Credit
How to Check Course Equivalency When Transferring Online Credit
by Kyle Aken March 2017

There are many ways to check if online course credits will transfer to a traditional college or university, from checking with the prospective school to talking with an academic advisor. However, one of the best ways to ensure your online credits will transfer is by doing some pre-enrollment planning.

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Do I Have to Take College Entrance Exams to Earn Transfer Credit?
Do I Have to Take College Entrance Exams to Earn Transfer Credit?
by Kyle Aken November 2016

College entrance exams seem to be a thing of the past, as most institutions are looking at students' overall performance, from academics to extracurricular activities. In most cases, no college entrance exam is required to transfer schools and retain any credits you have earned, but SAT/ACT scores may be required.

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Convince Your School with a Strong Credit Transfer Appeal
Convince Your School with a Strong Credit Transfer Appeal
by Patricia Willis December 2016

If you've learned that some or all of your college credit won't be transferring to your new school, don't give up. You may be able to appeal the decision and get the college credit you worked so hard for.

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Finish Your Degree Online to Save Time, Money & Stress
Finish Your Degree Online to Save Time, Money & Stress
by Bill Sands January 2017

If you're having trouble finishing your college degree program, you may want to consider online learning. Not only can these programs make your life easier, but they may also be able to save you some money.

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Insider Tips on Passing CLEP Exams
Insider Tips on Passing CLEP Exams
by Rachel Tustin November 2016

Preparing for any exam is daunting, especially when that exam covers all of the material for an entire semester course, like a CLEP exam. With the right preparation and test-taking strategies, you can be successful on the exam.

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Can I Transfer Remedial Credits to My College?
Can I Transfer Remedial Credits to My College?
by Kyle Aken November 2016

Many new college students will find themselves needing to enroll in remedial/developmental studies. This is very common for individuals entering their first year of college. While these classes will not apply towards your degree, they are an opportunity to prepare for success in transferable courses that will count towards completion of a degree program.

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Why Do I Have to Take a Capstone Course?
Why Do I Have to Take a Capstone Course?
by Rachel Tustin December 2016

Capstone courses may seem a nuisance to some college seniors, or just one more project to complete. However, the reality is that capstone courses are designed to help students transition from college to the workforce. In general, capstone courses are designed to give students practical experience and skill sets they can transfer to their careers.

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Can I Get College Credit for Extension Classes?
Can I Get College Credit for Extension Classes?
by Kyle Aken November 2016

This article discusses extension classes - what they are, how they are beneficial, and, most importantly, whether you can earn college credit for them. Transferability most often depends on the nature of the class and the school that is providing it, but it is possible. The article also highlights other types of extension classes and some of the most popular.

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How to Go Back to College as a Working Adult
How to Go Back to College as a Working Adult
by Melissa Kreindel November 2016

While going back to college as a working adult might seem daunting, it's really not that scary. As long as you're committed and willing to put in the effort, you'll be able to balance school and your life outside of school with these helpful tips.

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Navigating the CLEP Credit Transfer Process
Navigating the CLEP Credit Transfer Process
by Kyle Aken November 2016

For those who wish to obtain credits towards a college degree, taking a CLEP exam is one option. Taking a CLEP exam allows you to earn credits to transfer toward a degree at certain universities or colleges. However, the process of transferring credits can be a lengthy and complicated process.

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Alternative Credit Helps You Take an Aggressive Approach to Your Degree
Alternative Credit Helps You Take an Aggressive Approach to Your Degree
by Kyle Aken November 2016

Completing a college degree can be very expensive and time consuming. There are other options, however, for those who have previous coursework or previous real-world experience. Alternative credits are offered to students who may have the knowledge, skills, or abilities to surpass the normal requirements for their chosen degree program.

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Earn College Credit for Job & Life Experiences with Prior Learning Assessments
Earn College Credit for Job & Life Experiences with Prior Learning Assessments
by Patricia Willis December 2016

You've lived a full, rich life already. Use that life experience to fast-track your college degree and get the all credit you deserve for military, work, and recreational training you have already taken.

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Use Online Courses to Cut the Cost of Your Business Degree
Use Online Courses to Cut the Cost of Your Business Degree
by Lindsay Mattison November 2016

As a result of digital technology, learning can happen from anywhere. In this article, we'll discuss how online courses and programs may cut the cost of earning a business degree.

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How to Make the Most of Your Distance Learning Program
How to Make the Most of Your Distance Learning Program
by Lindsay Mattison November 2016

There are many great distance- learning programs available, but online programs are different from traditional classroom settings. Learn how to make the most of your program and ensure distance-learning success.

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How to Turn Your Associate's Degree Into a Bachelor's Quickly
How to Turn Your Associate's Degree Into a Bachelor's Quickly
by Kyle Aken November 2016

In this article, we'll discuss the various options for turning an associate's into a bachelor's degree quickly, along with the differences between the two credentials, and whether they are worth the investment.

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How the CLEP Program Benefits Full-Time Employees
How the CLEP Program Benefits Full-Time Employees
by Rachel Tustin November 2016

Have you ever wondered about testing out of college courses with exam credit? College-Level Examination Program (CLEP exams) are a way for anyone to earn college credit. In particular, those who work full-time can benefit from CLEP exams in a variety of ways.

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Is It Too Late to Earn My College Degree?
Is It Too Late to Earn My College Degree?
by Patricia Willis November 2016

If you think it's too late to get that degree you've always wanted, think again. Adults are returning to school in record numbers determined to add value to their lives, and so can you.

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Why You Should Look for Articulation Agreements When Considering Online College Credit
Why You Should Look for Articulation Agreements When Considering Online College Credit
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant November 2016

If you're attending or plan to attend an online college and transfer to a four-year institution, being knowledgeable about articulation agreements can help you save time and money on your path to graduation.

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Motivate Yourself to Stay on the Path to Your Diploma with These Tips
Motivate Yourself to Stay on the Path to Your Diploma with These Tips
by Rachel Tustin November 2016

The path to a diploma is challenging for anyone. It becomes even more so when you add in the stress of family and financial obligations. You will be tempted to run away from your education more than once. With a few simple strategies, you can stay motivated on the path.

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How Important Is Having a Degree on My Resume?
How Important Is Having a Degree on My Resume?
by Lindsay Mattison November 2016

Why is it important to have a degree on your resume? We look at how a completed degree on your resume will make you more likely to be employed, have higher earning potential, and find more satisfaction and longevity in your job.

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Take 20% Off Your First 3 Months of Study.com's College Accelerator!
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by Meghan Cooney December 2016

Experience the ease of earning college credit with Study.com. We are happy to offer you 20% off your first 3 months of our College Accelerator membership to help you achieve your academic goals!

Is It Possible to Earn College Credit for Free?
Is It Possible to Earn College Credit for Free?
by Patricia Willis February 2017

Going to college shouldn't leave you with a lifetime of debt. We explore ways to get part or all of your college education for little to no cost, so you can worry about the important stuff.

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Should I Finish My Degree? Why It's Never Too Late!
Should I Finish My Degree? Why It's Never Too Late!
by Bill Sands November 2016

A college degree is an invaluable tool, as it can lead to higher earnings, more opportunity, and a whole host of other benefits and perks. If you think you've already missed your chance, find out why it's never too late to get a degree!

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Tips for Fitting Online College Courses Into Your Busy Life
Tips for Fitting Online College Courses Into Your Busy Life
by Melissa Kreindel November 2016

Have you been thinking of taking online college courses but worry that you'll be overwhelmed and unable to fit them into your life? Well, you're not alone! Keep reading to learn some tips for adding online college courses to your busy schedule.

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How Going Back to School as an Adult Can Change Your Life
How Going Back to School as an Adult Can Change Your Life
by Patricia Willis November 2016

If you think it's too late to return to college and get the degree you've always wanted, think again. Education can change your life and open the door to opportunity at any age

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Will My Community College Credit Transfer as Upper Level?
Will My Community College Credit Transfer as Upper Level?
by Patricia Willis November 2016

Starting your education at the community college level can be a great way to explore your options and save on tuition, but beware of pitfalls that could end up costing you time and money.

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The Pitfalls of Trying to Earn Your Online Degree Part-Time
The Pitfalls of Trying to Earn Your Online Degree Part-Time
by Patricia Willis November 2016

Earning a college degree from the comfort of your home might seem like a good idea at first, but there are some serious issues to consider before making the leap to distance learning.

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Should I Apply to Each of the Big Three Online Colleges?
Should I Apply to Each of the Big Three Online Colleges?
by Rachel Tustin November 2016

We live in a world where many students are forced into the situation of trying to attend college full-time while working a full-tme job. Online colleges are appealing to this demographic of students. However, students interested in the big three online universities should do their homework before applying.

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It's Okay to Take a Break While Working Towards Your Degree
It's Okay to Take a Break While Working Towards Your Degree
by Lindsay Mattison December 2016

The decision to take a break while working on your degree is not an easy one to make, but sometimes it's necessary to take a break before finishing your degree. We will walk through the steps to help you understand how to take a break, and how to make a plan to return.

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by Meghan Cooney November 2016

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