Do you want to save money on college tuition? The answer could be a subscription to Study.com.
Until Study.com reached out to me to do a sponsored post about their website I honestly had never heard of them. Before agreeing to do the post, I took the time to dive into the Study.com website to see what services they have to offer and knew within a short time that Study.com is a company that could save parents and college students money–and this thrifty ninja loves finding out about and sharing ways to save money.
What Is Study.com?
Study.com is a website offering over 25,000 video lessons on a wide variety of subjects. It has lessons for all ages and stages of schooling from kindergarten all the way up through college, including test prep for the SAT and ACT. For this post, I am going to concentrate on what they offer college students.
How Study.com Can Save You Money On College Tuition
If you live in the United States and are interested in saving money on college tuition, you have probably heard the College Level Examination Program where you buy a CLEP study guide, read and study, and then pay a fee for both the test and for a proctor to administer the test to you. These types of exams are available for many 100 and 200 level college courses and are accepted as credit at over 1500 accredited colleges and institutions. They can save you a lot of money.
My eldest son did several CLEP exams, and his major complaint about them was the dry study guides. In fact, he had so much trouble figuring out how to break down the information in the books into manageable sized pieces to memorize for the test that he failed his first two CLEP exams before finally coming up with a study system that worked for him.
Study.com offers a better way to study for CLEP exams. For $59.99 a month for the premium edition membership, you can get access to a video-driven study guide for your CLEP exam that can be watched on a laptop or through their mobile app, enabling you to study anywhere there is wifi. You also get practice quizzes and tests, tools for tracking your progress, personalized coaching, access to instructors, and more. Visit Study.com’s CLEP information page for more information.
At the end of each Study.com course, you would need to pay the $87 fee to the College Board for a CLEP test and a proctor fee for the test site nearest you. For my son, the proctor fee was $25. That would mean each CLEP would cost you $171.99 if you can complete the work within one month–and with the video-driven study guides, a month per course should be ample.
Considering the cost per credit hour is an average of $211 in our state of Indiana and most CLEP exams cover courses worth on average 3 credits ($633) that is a savings of $461.01 per class, and that figure doesn’t include what you would save on room and board, textbooks, transportation fees, and other fees colleges tend to add on to tuition.
But if you are a student who is up for a challenge and capable of doing more than the average course load of 4 to 5 classes per semester, you can save even more money with Study.com’s College Accelerator Program.
With the College Accelerator Program, you can access to a similar type of exam called ACE (American Council Of Education), which upon successful completion grants you the same college credit CLEP gives you. The cost for the program is $199.99 a month and allows you to take up to two tests per month in the privacy of your own home—no need to pay additional test fees, proctor fees, or transportation costs to and from the testing center. That makes each course just $100, saving you an additional $71.99 a course over using the premium membership and tackling only one test per month.
And yes, it is possible to finish two college courses a month. I have a child doing something similar right now. My second son is taking one year to do two years of a cyber security degree at a local college near us (no CLEP available for his program). He seems to be managing just fine, still having plenty of time beyond studying for video games, friends, and TV.
One more way you can earn college credits by using Study.com is through their DSST exam preparation courses.
The DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) was at one time only available to members of the US Military, but is now an option for civilians as well. These tests are similar to the CLEP, but offer additional subjects. You can find out more about studying for DSST using Study. com by visiting their DSST information page.
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But Study.com Can Help You Do So Much More Than Save Money On College Tuition
As I stated above, when I took the time to go through all that Study.com has to offer for this review, I decided to concentrate on how they can save you money on college tuition. But that is not the only benefit available from having a membership with Study.com.
Study.com can help students from kindergarten through the first two years of college achieve higher grades. In addition, Study.com offers in-depth courses that can help high school students prepare for the SAT and ACT.
To decide if Study.com could be an excellent fit for your child or your classroom (yep, they have a program for teachers) you need to hop on over to Study.com and cruise around the website seeing all it has to offer for yourself.