There is more than one way to finish college and get a degree. The traditional way that students complete college is via 2 or 4 year programs on campus, but today, higher education programs offer many other ways to get a college degree.
The five best ways to complete college are:
- The popularity of online college degree programs is higher now than in years past. Many accredited and well-respected colleges and universities offer online courses in just about every career field imaginable. Some of the advantages of online programs include self-paced courses, flexible schedules, and affordable payment plans. This option is especially suitable for undergraduate studies. Some scholarships and grants are available to help pay for online classes.
CLEP Courses and Exams - The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is another good way to complete your college education. This kind of program is accepted by many colleges. The admissions office should be able to offer you that information. There are also online CLEP courses and exams a student can take at a low cost to get their degree. Some entrance exams taken in colleges are used to allow students reentering school after some years to CLEP some of their required courses of study in their choice of major.
Dual-Enrollment - Many high school students are choosing dual-enrollment to get their associates degree. Dual-enrollment allows them to take courses at the local college or university. This option is available in most states and is free to high school students.
Work-Study - Work-study programs can be offered through government or school programs. This offers a way for students to earn money, get some college credits, and/or take some courses free. Many students that qualify for these programs can use this option to avoid more student loans that they will have to pay off later.
Life Experience - The life experience degree issue is a little controversial, but there are respected, accredited colleges and universities that offer degrees for people with life experience in a specific field. The applicant must prove their life experience in their specific career field to obtain such a degree. Not only is this a quick way to get a degree, it is also less expensive.
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