I started FrugalDegree to enable young adults in the US to complete their college education affordably, and without the traditional barriers of high costs, student loans and the rigidity of the higher education system.
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Many years back, I was deprived of a college education due to a lack of finances and familial support. Through many years of hard work, I found a way to complete an affordable US college education in a roundabout way, after researching the cost of online degrees and cheap colleges. I studied many one-off college-level courses and also worked in my chosen profession for a number of years, with just a high school diploma in hand! Having gone through the process the hard way, I've spent years researching how I can make this process easier for other young adults who want a college degree.
Finally, through constant support and encouragement from my spouse (and my loving “better half”), I've developed a platform that will enable students to undertake college in the most innovative and convenient way possible. Students can take low-cost courses in classrooms or online or in many other ways, all through our web platform. Students can meet one-another, have study groups, or student parties, talk to tutors and get questions answered. And more importantly, students get to have all the right tools to quickly move towards completing their college degree. These tools allow students to track their own progress, understand what they need to do to complete the degree, and have an enjoyable and fun college experience in a completely personalized way!
There are a handful of accredited colleges across the US that award college credits (and college degrees) for learning that is acquired in several ways, both within and outside the classroom. These colleges value a person's knowledge and learning, irrespective of HOW the learning was actually acquired. This in turn opens all the doors of opportunity for you, thereby allowing you to use just about any form of learning to meet your college degree requirements.
Credits can be earned through a combination of ways, such as via CLEP or ACT exams, other training or work experience and so forth. By performing a thorough evaluation of the learning via various sources, these colleges have been awarding accredited college degrees since as early as the 1970s. Students enroll in colleges such as Excelsior or Charter Oak or one of several others, take these CLEP or other exams, take some online courses and also transfer any prior college credits easily. These can then be combined with other forms of credits from training or work experience. Even if you've completed college courses abroad, maybe while in the military or a foreign assignment, all of those courses can also be transferred to obtain valuable US college credits that are accepted by all the colleges such as Excelsior, Empire State, Charter Oak and many others.
Having completed my Bachelor's degree from Excelsior college years back the hard way, I've created a solution that not only allows students to complete a low-cost accredited college degree from one of these colleges, but also with substantial study resources and student tools to make this college experience both fun and innovative, and easy!