Mold a Degree From Thousands of Free College Courses

Shagging a college degree using a home school approach seems an impossible dream after high school. When home school kids become college eligible they have to enter the institutional environment of so-called traditional colleges to acquire a degree. However, things have changed. Traditional college and even online colleges are no longer the only alternative paths to a college or graduate degree. College bound students and adults reentering college to improve job skills can now pound out a reasonable homes school approach to their college education.

Exploding communications technology and the generous contributions from colleges and universities to the reservoir of courses available to the public for free is making it possible. We are now able to patch together our own college degree programs. We can do it on our own without an academic counselor, institution, or a bureaucrat telling us what we can or cannot do in seeking higher academic pursuits. This 21st century phenomenal opportunity is available to us whether or not we have earned our high school wings through home schooling or traditional means.

If we can teach and mentor our kids through home school K-12 curriculum if we choose in all 50 states, why can’t we do that for our kids and ourselves when it comes to college? Why can’t we acquire credit for our home schooled self-taught university courses from 100% accredited colleges and be awarded a degree – all for little or no cost? Can we, in fact, promote a college degree and follow up with a graduate degree? Yes, we can.

The self-designed home school college program can target fields from Astronomy to Zoology and more. Just by documenting practical experience and writing down what we know, what we do, and how we do it demonstrates what has been learned along the way. Taking any one of the growing list of free college courses with everything available at no immediate cost opens a treasure chest of opportunity. This combination will stand shoulder to shoulder with any traditional college grad, who enrolled in the college offering the free course and paid for the credit. The courses offered are complete in every way except for providing the college credit because the courses are offered free.

Degree program modules come from MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Penn State, Michigan State and dozens of other well-known prestigious schools that offer the courses free to the public. Some of the finest experts in their respective fields of study teach these that are offered free by their universities.

Are there accredited schools in the world that will take our bundled free courses and accredit them for us? There are 17,000 universities around the globe that are accredited in one official jurisdiction or another. Surely there are more than a few that will accommodate the new paradigm of a home school college degree. There is indeed a university out there that will give college credit for completed work regardless of the source so long as it is officially recognized as legitimate learning. The free college courses are all found with a brief concentrated search online to identify the courses to design and fulfill a complete degree program.

How to Pay for College: Top 7 Student Aid Questions Answered

You’ve decided to get your degree. Now it’s time to think about how to pay for college. There are many student aid options available to help you pay for college: government, businesses, community organizations and even individuals.

The government is the largest source of available financial assistance for college, and it literally offer billions of dollars in student aid. Start there. Then look to other sources for financial assistance such as, college scholarships and educational loans.

Here are your top 7 questions answered about how you can pay for college:

1 – Can I afford to go to college?

Of course you can. Financial support for college is available to everyone, no matter their circumstances. Many public colleges, community colleges and technical schools provide educational programs at affordable prices.

2 – What kind of student aid is out there to help me pay for college?

  1. College Grants – Free government funds typically awarded on a need basis.
  2. College Scholarships – Free government funds typically awarded on the basis of merit, among other things. College scholarships are also available from private individuals, companies, non-profit groups and community organizations.
  3. Educational Loans – Funds borrowed from the government or through private lenders.
  4. Federal Work-Study – Part-time jobs provided by participating schools to give students in need a chance to earn money to support their education.
  5. GI Bill: Military Benefits for College – Specific government funds set aside and awarded to current and former military and their dependents.

3 – How do I apply for financial assistance for college?

Simply fill out the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) form at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to qualify for financial aid. This must be repeated every year and will determine what type of financial aid you are eligible for.

4 – What determines how much financial assistance I will receive for college?

All financial aid awarded depends on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This is what schools use to determine how much federal financial support you will receive. Remember all that personal financial information you provided on your FAFSA form? Here is where that information will be assessed to make the determination.

5 – Do I qualify for student aid even if my GPA is not the best?

Though many scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, most government aid is based on financial need. However, keep in mind that most student aid comes with academic stipulations. For example, to stay eligible for a Pell grant – one of the most common need based grants – you must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.

6 – If I qualify for financial aid for college, what can I use it for?

  • Tuition and fees
  • Room and board
  • Books and supplies
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel

7 – How can I find out more about financial assistance and how to pay for college?

Check out these helpful resources for finding financial support for college:

  • College Board: Financial Aid Easy Planner
  • College Board: Financial Aid FAQs
  • Student Aid on the Web
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • StudentLoans.gov
  • College.gov