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Obtaining a college degree can be one of life's greatest achievements. It can also be an expensive one with the rise of college tuition from year to year. On our last blog post on alternative education titled, Free College Tuition, we talked about an online university that offers free tuition to it's students.

By Ann Gant

 

Obtaining a college degree can be one of life's greatest achievements. It can also be an expensive one with the rise of college tuition from year to year. On our last blog post on alternative education titled, Free College Tuition, we talked about an online university that offers free tuition called, University of the People (see link in references below).

Today we are talking about websites that offer individual low-cost college credits. Once you complete an  exam at the end of your course the credits can be transferred to many colleges all over the United States.

Some of the benefits of taking individual college classes online for credit include:

  • It speeds up the time it takes to complete a degree.
  • You can take classes while in high school or working full time.
  • You can take general education courses now.
  • You can try out courses without having to commit to find your ideal major.
  • You can avoid risking your GPA before you transfer.
  • It can be worked on anytime since your classes are online.
  • You can watch short animated videos that will keep you from being bored.
  • You can learn anywhere, anytime. You can watch from your smartphone while you are on the go and even take final exams.
  • Study at your own pace. Focus on any material that you find difficult, without being concerned about deadlines and time restraints.

 

Study.com ( https://study.com  )

Video lesson are fast, fun way for students to cram for exams, prepare for tests and even earn college credit.

 

edX ( https://www.edx.org )

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world's best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.

 

Coursera ( https://www.coursera.org )

Coursera provides universal access to the world's best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.

 

References

www.study.com

College offering free tuition- https://www.uopeople.edu/

 

https://www.edx.org

 

https://www.coursera.org

 

 

 

 

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You are who you are for a reason.
You're part of an intricate plan.
You're a precious and perfect unique design,
Called God's special woman or man.

You look like you look for a reason.
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb,
You're just what he wanted to make.

By Russell Kelfer

 

You are who you are for a reason.

You're part of an intricate plan.

You're a precious and perfect unique design,

Called God's special woman or man.

 

You look like you look for a reason.

Our God made no mistake.

He knit you together within the womb,

You're just what he wanted to make.

 

The parents you had were the ones he chose,

And no matter how you may feel,

They were custom-designed with God's plan in mind,

And they bear the Master's seal.

 

No, that trauma you faced was not easy.

And God wept that it hurt you so;

But it was allowed to shape your heart.

So that into his likeness you'd grow.

 

You are who you are for a reason,

You've been formed by the Master's rod.

You are who you are, beloved,

Because there is a God!

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I read a devotional recently that really spoke to me about where I am or where I have been with my career/entrepreneurship dreams. See, I am one that is blessed with many good ideas, but I have sometimes let them slip away because I have become overwhelmed with the question, "what if it doesn't work?" I would think of all the reasons why it could fail, why I am not the one that should be doing it, what I lack to get it done or I would just stay in the planning phase until finally I was convinced that too much time had passed.
I found later that I was really procrastinating out of fear of failure.
The devotional, titled: Trust God and Step Out in Faith, reminded me that I must be careful. When I have a dream that I believe God has given me I cannot give into my own fears of past or future failure. In order to bear fruit that will bless others I have to put my trust in my creator to help it come to pass by doing my part.

"Begin the…tasks I have assigned to you."  Mt 25:21 TLB

I read a devotional recently that really spoke to me about where I am or where I have been with my career/entrepreneurship dreams. See, I am one that is blessed with many good ideas, but I have sometimes let them slip away because I have become overwhelmed with the question, "what if it doesn't work?" I would think of all the reasons why it could fail, why I am not the one that should be doing it, what I lack to get it done or I would just stay in the planning phase until finally I was convinced that too much time had passed.

I found later that I was really procrastinating out of fear of failure.

The devotional, titled: Trust God and Step Out in Faith, reminded me that I must be careful. When I have a dream that I believe God has given me I cannot give into my own fears of past or future failure. In order to bear fruit that will bless others I have to put my trust in my creator to help it come to pass by doing my part.

Because really, it's not about me.

I have included the devotional below and I hope it blesses and encourages you as it did me. I hope that it inspires you to step out and do the thing that you never thought you could. I pray that you apply for the position, take steps to start the business or fill out the application for college. Whatever it is, God is with you and because of that you can do it.

 

Trust God and Step Out in Faith (1)

(From The Word For You Today Devotional, dated 08/18/2018)

Nicole Unice, director of women's ministries for Hope Church, says: "There are ideas I know would be beneficial, yet I hesitate to share too much or dream too big. What if they don't work? Or people don't like them? What if the people above me second-guess hiring me? One day I scrawled on my office wall: So, what if it fails? Question: What are you yearning to try and haven't because you're afraid you'll fail. What programs do you keep alive even though they aren't serving their purpose? What technology are you avoiding? What learning are you circumventing because you feel old and rusty? If you don't have anything on the horizon that might fail, you're failing as a leader. Unless you push for innovation and creativity you'll keep attracting the same people. When you 'Begin the …. tasks [God] assigned to you' you'll have to push boundaries and try things that might fail. "John Mason writes: "Don't be afraid to fail…if you're not failing you're not growing. When successful people stop growing and learning, it's because they become less willing to risk failure. Failure is delay, not defeat. A temporary detour, not a dead-end street. We all make mistakes—especially those who do things. As Paul says, "God…gives us the victory through…Christ' (1 Co 15:57 NKJV), and failure is often the first step toward success. Unless you're willing take a risk, you won't get the chance to succeed." Today trust God and step out in faith!

 

 

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Are you thinking about going to college? It can be a tough decision whether you are fresh out of high school or trying to go back to school after many years of putting your degree on the back burner. One of the reasons that some people can struggle with going to college is because of the rising cost of tuition. Then after graduation a nice chunk of your salary can go to paying off student loans.
Am I saying that people should not go to college because it's too expensive? No. But what I am saying is that because of the internet giving us the blessing of online learning there are alternatives to high college tuition like free college tuition.

Are you thinking about going to college? It can be a tough decision whether you are fresh out of high school or trying to go back to school after many years of putting your degree on the back burner. One of the reasons that some people can struggle with going to college is because of the rising cost of tuition. Then after graduation a nice chunk of your salary can go to paying off student loans.

Am I saying that people should not go to college because it's too expensive? No. But what I am saying is that because of the internet giving us the blessing of online learning there are alternatives to high college tuition like free college tuition.

University of the people is an online university that offers free tuition. Check out some of these highlights about University of the People.

 

  • University of the People was founded in 2009 and is the first non-profit, tuition free, online American accredited university.

 

  • Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. DEAC is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  

 

  • The university's mission is to ensure that no student will be denied the right to access higher education due to financial constraints.

 

  • Students are not charged for courses, course materials or annual enrollment.

 

  • Degrees are offered as an Associate and or Bachelor degree in either Business Administration, Computer Science, or Health Science.

 

  • An all tuition free online MBA is also offered.

 

  • The University has backing from major donors such as Google, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Hewlett Packard, Twitter and many more.

 

  • The president of the University is Shai Reshef, an education entrepreneur. The President's council is led by current and former leadership from several of the foremost institutions including: John Sexton, President Emeritus of NYU, George Rupp, President Emeritus of Columbia University, Nicholas Dirks, former chancellor of UC Berkeley and many more.

 

  • University of the People has partnered with Yale Law School, NYU, the University of Edinburgh and UC Berkeley, where qualified students can apply to transfer and continue studies.

 

  • 92% of UoPeople's graduates are employed at such companies as Amazon, Apple, Dell, Deloitte, IBM, Microsoft and JP Morgan. As well as institutions such as the UN and the World Bank.

                                                                                                 (Highlights adapted from uopeople.edu)

 

 

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So, by now you must be thinking, what's the catch? Well in my opinion there isn't one really. The website states that there is a $60 application fee and an assessment fee of $100 at the end of every course. The fee is $200 for the MBA program. The exams are given at the end of every class. 

 

The good news is that University of the People offers a scholarship for anyone who cannot afford the fees.

 

Based on this, an associate degree can be completed in 2 years for $2060 and a bachelor degree can be completed in 4 years for $4060. The MBA could be completed in 15 months for $2460. The university's website explains that these fees ensure that the University remains sustainable.

 

If you would like to pursue a degree and don't have a scholarship or a lot of money to put into tuition this could be a good source for you. But make sure you check out the website and do your research on other options as well. Online learning is not for everyone. I will keep researching and share any free or low-cost education methods that I find here on the blog.

 

I would love to hear your thoughts. Have you ever attended University of the People? What low cost education routes have you taken? Please share on our Facebook page.

 

 

References:

 

https://www.uopeople.edu/

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Are you starting the process for a big dream? Are you starting a new business or going back to school? Truth is being a dreamer can be tough. Just thinking about a process that you must go through to get to your dream can make you want to give up before you even start. Believe me I truly understand the feeling. I too am starting businesses, working on school and working full time along with being a wife and mother. It can be a lot.
But you know what I am going to say. No, we can't give up. It does take perseverance to win.

Are you starting the process for a big dream? Are you starting a new business or going back to school? Truth is being a dreamer can be tough. Just thinking about a process that you must go through to get to your dream can make you want to give up before you even start. Believe me I truly understand the feeling. I too am starting businesses, working on school and working full time along with being a wife and mother. It can be a lot.

But you know what I am going to say. No, we can't give up. It does take perseverance to win.

We are going to make mistakes. Sometimes we will fail and must start over with the broken pieces of the last attempt. Sometimes people that are closest to us won't believe in our vision, not because they do not love us but because sometimes we are hard to understand. We go against the grain. We think outside of the box. Maybe our dreams are too big to stay confined in the corner cubicle forever and that's okay.

Gandi said, "You may never know what results come from your action, but if you do nothing there will be no results."

We must make peace and understand the fact that some people won't always understand and just keep going. More than people, God is with us (2 Co 4:8-9 CEV). The dream that He has placed inside of us is too important to give up on.

According to the Word for You Today Devotional dated July 18th entitled, "If You Persist You Will Win, Nehemiah rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem in just 52 days. He 1st sought God's help, "we prayed to our God" (Ne 4:9 NIV). Secondly, he protected his vision. "We…. posted a guard day and night to meet this threat" (v.9 NIV). Thirdly, he refused to quit. "Should a man like me run away?....I will not" (Ne 6:11 NIV).

The devotional also talks about the great inventor, Thomas Edison. He gave the world, electric light, microphones, storage batteries, sound films, phonographs, and a thousand other inventions. The principles that he lived by includes:

  1. Work to obtain all the knowledge you can about what you want to achieve.
  2. Fix your mind on your purpose. Persist! Seek!
  3. Keep searching, no matter how many times you meet with disappointment.
  4. Refuse to be influenced by the fact that someone else tried the same thing and failed.
  5. Stay "sold" on the idea that somewhere a solution to the problem exists, and you'll find it.

The life of a dreamer can be a struggle but it's worth it so don't give up. I pray that God gives you favor and strength.

Reflection

So if money or time was not a problem what would you do or are you doing now? What is your dream?

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