How to Reduce College Credit Cost By 90%


Oh the AP tests. One 4-hour exam can determine the fate of a whole college course. The 1st two weeks each May, high schoolers across the US gather at testing sites to spill their brains onto their testing booklets in the hopes of proving they are worthy of college credit.

Here are the basics. This test is offered by the College Board, the same people who admister the SAT. Tests are scored on a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest. At least a score of 3 is required for credit. It’s possible to get 2 semesters worth of credit with a score of 4 or 5. The bottom line is higher scores can reward more college credit and more savings. Many school disctricts help subsidize the cost of t


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4 Responses to How to Reduce College Credit Cost By 90%

  1. Saving Freak says:

    I found the best way to get college credit in High School is to actually take courses from your local community college/tech college in the summers. This allows you to pay a fraction of a four year school and they will check to make sure the credits transfer. AND the courses are usually easier than AP courses.

  2. anonymous says:

    Several ways to get college credit:

    1) AP classes. These are a no-brainer, but often are inefficient. For example an entire year of high school calculus would have translated to only 1 semester (4 credits) at my school.

    2) Foreign languages. My school (University of Michigan) let incoming students take exams on campus to get foreign language credit.

    3) Local college courses. For some reason, very few high school students take advantage of these. I took classes at my local college for $100 per credit, and transferred them to University of Michigan where I saved about $1200 per credit.

    4) The savings doesn’t have to end in high school! While doing a “co-op” (8 month internship) in another state, I finished up my last couple classes (8 credits of humanities courses) at an inexpensive college and transferred those back into UM.

    Of course some schools are a little ‘elitist’ about transferring credits for higher level classes. UM wouldn’t transfer any math classes above Diff-Eq, so I had to take retake Linear Algebra.

    #3 is by far the best option, followed by #1. #2 is a little sketchy. Using these three techniques, I was able to transfer 48 credits into college. At ~$1200 per credit, that’s nearly $58000 worth of savings.

  3. Hilary says:

    My school only allows for 2 outside credits total for incoming freshmen. So even though I had 8 APs and had taken a college course in summer school, I only got 2 class credits. Not to mention, I had absolutely no option of getting out of the intro classes with AP classes.

    So, this advice is good for people who are not going to private schools, basically.

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