There is no way to avoid the hard work and dedication it takes to earn a college degree, but there are 3 ways to help save time and money while you do it.
Getting a 4-year degree, as the name suggests, usually requires you go to school for 4 years. In addition, for a typical individual, this education will cost more than $50,000. That's a lot of time and money, both of which are in short supply these days. Fortunately, there are ways to get your degree faster and cheaper.
You can challenge a course by taking examinations - if you pass the test, you get the credit for the course.Credit-by-Exams
are available for a wide variety of subjects, including general education requirements and degree specific upper division coursework. DANTES
(Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support) Examination Program offers these exams free of charge. Among the exams offered by DANTES are the CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
, DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Test, and Excelsior College Exams (ECE). Be sure to stop by your local education services office or Navy College Office for assistance.
Online courses offer the advantage of taking a course from anywhere; all you need is access to the internet. In addition, online courses are generally shorter than traditional classroom courses and are often structured differently. Learn more about online courses.
Get someone else to pay for it:
Getting a degree is expensive, but it doesn't have to be that way. There are a number of options service members have to reduce the cost of getting a degree. Tuition Assistance (TA) is available to all active duty personnel. TA will pay up to 100% of all tuition.
In addition, Federal Student Aid (FSA) is available to military service members. FSA can come in the form of grants and low interest loans.
Editors Note - Correction - and in the case of the loans, if you are activated (National Guard or reserve) you may defer payment until you leave the active-duty service. Visit the Dept. of Education Deferment web page to learn more about this program.
Finally, there is the GI Bill, which is available to discharged veterans and reserve component service members. Active-duty servicemembers are also eligible to use the GI Bill, but it is not recommended.
Getting a college degree requires time, money, dedication, and commitment. While only you can provide the dedication and commitment, there is help available for the time and money. CLEP
tests, Tuition assistance
, and online schooling
are three ways you can cut the cost of your education and the time it takes you to get it. Go for it.
The Military.com "School Finder
" is a quick and easy way to get free information about online courses from schools that have the VA-approved programs you need to get your degree.