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Sources of Free College Credits

CLEP (over 100 college credits)

CLEP exams are not free if you enroll with College Board them directly, but if you enroll in the free Modern States online course first (which costs $0) they will give you a coupon that pays for your CLEP exam! There is no limit to the number of exams you can use under this promotion.  Further, they will also reimburse you for your testing center fee.

Read more about CLEP and how to prepare for one

Read more about how to get your coupon

Saylor Academy (over 100 college credits)

Saylor is 100% free if you can find a local proctor to administer your final exam. If you have to use Saylor’s online proctoring service, the cost is $25 per course.

More about Saylor Academy

Courses consist of optional reading modules and links to videos and a final exam (proctored).  Approximate time needed to complete the course: NA

TEEX Cybersecurity (11 college credits) 

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) offers 10 ACE-approved courses recommended for college credit. These are DHS/FEMA funded and therefore free for the general public to take.  This program expires 11/30/2021

1-11 credits (1 upper level)

  • AWR168 Cyber Law and White Collar Crime, 2 credits
  • AWR174 Cyber Ethics, 2 credits
  • AWR175 Information Security for Everyone, 1 credit
  • AWR138 Network Assurance & AWR 139 Digital Forensics Basics, 1 credit
  • AWR173 Information Security Basics, 1 credit
  • AWR178 Secure Software, 1 credit 
  • AWR169 Cyber Incident Analysis and Response, 1 credit
  • AWR176 Disaster Recovery for Information Systems, 1 credit
  • AWR177 Information Risk Management, UPPER LEVEL 1 credit

After you are enrolled, use this login URL to take the classes:

Course consists of reading long modules and taking many quizzes.  Approximate time needed to complete EACH course:  1 day-3 days. (44 college credits)

ages 18+ only

Online Degree courses are completely free, but if you want college credit, you must pay $9 per course to take the online web-proctored exam.

The format:  create a free online account (each person must have an account).  You’ll add free courses to your account, and begin when ready.  When you launch your course, you’ll be prompted to watch the main lecture (about 30 minutes) and then a few shorter activities or videos (usually less than 20 minutes). Upon completion of that unit’s activities, you’ll take the unit quiz, which closes out the unit.  You must complete every unit before accessing the final exam option.  When ready, take the final exam!

Current Catalog of OnlineDegree Courses (12/2020)
Environmental Science, 3 credits
Economics—Introduction to Microeconomics, 3 credits
Criminal Justice—Cybersecurity & Cybercrime, 3 credits
Nutrition & Health, 3 credits
History, 3 credits
Psychology, 3 credits
Healthcare—Introduction to Public Health, 3 credits
Education—Language & Literacy in Education, 3 credits
Astronomy—Introduction to Cosmology, 3 credits
Robotics—Introduction to Robotics, 3 credits
Computer Science—Introduction to Programming, 3 credits
Business—Introduction to Marketing & Strategy, 3 credits
Biology, 3 credits
Cooking—Introduction to Culinary Skills, 2 credits
Business—Introduction to Accounting & Finance, 3 credits

Online Degree has transfer partnership agreements with several colleges, but don’t expect them to transfer to colleges that aren’t on this lis.  Transfer Guide 

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3 thoughts on “Sources of Free College Credits

  1. I Love you!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!!!!!!!

    On Wed, May 15, 2019, 8:07 AM Homeschooling for College Credit wrote:

    > Jennifer Cook-DeRosa posted: “BONUS: currently, the Modern States Online > Test Prep Program is offering a voucher to anyone who completes their > online CLEP course. The voucher will pay for your exam cost and reimburse > you for your testing center fee if you have one. You can take an ” >


  2. Thank so much for all your help and resources!

    I discovered the TAMU Commerce online degree Organizational Leadership, which looks like its accepts lots of CLEP and Ace credits. Now, a few months after discovering this program they have added the phrase: This program is limited to adult learners who have been out of high school for 5+ years and/or who have completed no fewer than 12 credit hours of college-level credit at a university or community college

    Great! What does this mean? My son can’t go unless he waits 5 years? Ugh. Any ideas?

    Thank you! Sent from my iPhone



    1. Hi Cassie, that’s a bummer, but I’m fixated on the “or” in the sentence you quoted. OR 12 college credits through a college. While that would exclude CLEP to count in that tally, 4 college classes = 12 credits, so if you wanted to pursue this program, that’s your in. If your teen has access to free or reduced CC tuition, I’d start there, but if not, there is no reason you have to use your CC. Often you can find really low CC tuition out of state. Currently, the New Mexico Junior College is advertising a flat rate of $828 for 12+ college credits in one semester. Another piece of the puzzle is to do the math and find out what you’ll have to pay AFTER you factor in the CLEP and ACE credits. It is typical for a college to ask for 30 credits be taken with them (x whatever price per credit) and that will help you determine if this is an affordable school for you. Message me anytime, I’m happy to help you pick a target college.


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