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Arizona State University $99

Texas HS4CC Moderator Andrea LaBass wrote this AMAZING explanation of the $99 program currently running through Arizona State University. If you’re paying more than $99 per class for dual enrollment and books – you need to read this and save some money!

No application. No transcripts. 8-week courses. Pay after you pass.

Pay attention to payment deadlines for each course for the $99 rate!

Arizona State University offers a unique opportunity to take freshman-level courses with no risk of failure recorded. All courses are taken and then paid for AFTER the course is over, and ONLY if you like the grade. If the student doesn’t pay for the course, no record of them having taken it exists, and courses may be retaken as many times as is needed. It is a low-risk, high-reward method of earning college credit.

Like your grade?  Pay $99 


The normal cost for a course is $25 ID fee and $400/course if you choose to have it put on an official Arizona State University transcript. There’s an additional fee of $20, to send the transcript to another school. Often this is only done when all classes have been taken, so someone would likely only pay that once or twice unless enrolling in or applying to many colleges. Books and Fees are included in all pricing, so no extra or hidden fees!

During the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020, prices on summer courses were lowered to $99 and the price break was later extended into the Fall A courses that run from August – October/2020 and Fall C courses that begin August 18, 2020 and run for 15 weeks. Both the normal price and the discounted rate include all materials. There are no books to buy or extra fees.

To find out pricing and details for each course, click on the course listing. The Course Detail page states when courses start, end and when payment is due. Pay particular attention to the self-paced courses start and completion dates! The self-paced math and english courses have end dates in October 2020 to get the course for $99.  It takes several days for the course to become available to convert for credit on a transcript and the help desk recommends the English courses be completed earlier than the due date to give time for the graders to look over the final work. Target finishing a week before the end date to give time to pay!

Note: there was a bit of confusion in Spring 2020 regarding the pricing and completion dates that may have been reported around the internet, but ASU updated the information on the site for clarity and it is accurate.

Even when these return to full price, $400 per course = great price!


Courses are put on a standard Arizona State University transcript with no notation of courses being online or self-paced. They look like a regular butt-in-seat course on the transcript. Courses with lab credit are listed as 2 a 3 credit course with 1 credit lab.

Transfer of Credit

ASU is a well known, well respected, regionally accredited 4-year university. The credit earned *should* transfer almost anywhere, except colleges that don’t take transfer credit (ie Ivy/Ivy-adjacent colleges). BUT, you should always check with the school to verify. If you don’t know which school your student will attend, it’s obviously a risk, but probably no more so than taking community college classes or AP exams. You also need to check to see if the courses fit the degree plan. The courses may transfer to the college, but may not fulfill any credit for the degree, or may come in as an elective if the course is not part of the degree plan. Case in point: my son’s community college will accept ASU’s Chemistry course for transfer, but they won’t accept it for a core science lab course for his degree plan – it actually comes in at a higher level and is not on their list of approved science lab courses for a core course. This was an unexpected surprise/disappointment. Luckily I asked before he took the course! Contacting a transfer specialist or an advisor at the endpoint college should answer that question for you.

Enrollment Requirements

  • No SAT/ACT or TSI/ACCUPLACER needed.
  • You do NOT need to send copies of transcripts.
  • Prerequisites are a suggestion, but not enforced
  • You only need a government-issued photo-id with the student’s name visible.

Things people have used successfully as of 5/15/20:
Driver’s license/permit
DoD dependent ID
Public School ID
Umbrella School ID
Homeschool ID w/School name, student name, birthdate and photo

Is there an age limit?  No age limit. 

ASU Admissions

One additional opportunity, which these courses are actually intended for, is automatic admission to ASU upon completion of their minimum number of EA courses. Resourcefully planned along with the The Starbucks College Achievement Plan, which is offered in partnership with Arizona State University for full tuition reimbursement, students could earn a 4 year degree with little to no debt!


The English 101 English Composition 1 course and the College Algebra course *may* fulfill the placement test requirements at your local college – you need to check with your school. At my son’s school, they do!


  • Brief Calculus: Calculus for Business and Economics – MAT 210
  • Calculus for Engineers I- MAT 265
  • College Algebra and Problem Solving – MAT 117
  • Computer Applications and Information Technology – CIS 105
  • English Composition – ENG 101
  • English Composition: Research and Writing – ENG 102
  • Foundations for Earned Admission – EA 11
  • General Chemistry for Engineers – CHM 114
  • Human Origins – ASM 246
  • Identity, Service and American Democracy – PAF 112
  • Introduction to Engineering: Imagine. Design. Engineer! – FSE 100
  • Introduction to Health and Wellness – EXW 100
  • Introduction to Human Communication – COM 100
  • Introduction to Sociology – SOC 101
  • Introduction to Solar Systems Astronomy (with Lab)- AST 111
  • Macroeconomic Principles – ECN 211
  • Microeconomic Principles: Decision Making Under Scarcity – ECN 212
  • Perspectives on Grand Challenges for Engineering – FSE 150
  • Precalculus – MAT 170
  • Programming for Everyone: Introduction to Programming – CSE 110
  • Technological, Social, and Sustainable Systems – CEE 181
  • Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe – HST 102


ASU’s course listings and pricing are generally pretty consistent, but during the $99 price reduction, things fluctuated a bit. We update this document as soon as we note a change in pricing or course offerings:

7/27/20 ASU extended the deadline for the self-paced ENG 101 English Composition 1 course to 10/25/20, which is the same date the self-paced math courses end. They also announced the extension of the self-paced course English Course that was set to end August 2020 to June 1st, 2021!

5/31/20 UPDATE: The website has now been updated with appropriate pricing, due dates to sign up and pay, etc. Please follow what the website says!

5/21 UPDATE from Michelle at ASU: If you’re signed up any self-paced maths or English, they changed the completion date on their website to 8/25/20. Call their EA helpline and they can send you a letter stating you’re eligible for an extension to 10/25/20 for self-paced $99 courses only. 844-691-2241 or 844-448-7707. The first number is direct to them, the second number rolls to the main ASU campus line after hours or I suppose if their lines are busy. The main line doesn’t always have the latest info on the EA programs.

5/19/20 UPDATE from Natalie at ASU: The self-paced ENG 101 English Composition 1 course must be completed by 8/31/20 for the $99 rate. (verify with ASU – you may need to finish a week or more prior, if they want you to pay in August, but I think the payment just needs to be completed by December)



The following comments are from Homeschooling for College Credit parents whose teens have completed a course:

AST 111 Astronomy  (4 credits – Science w/lab)

Ann D. 5/16/20

The labs are long and deal with long, drawn-out conversions of units. Pretty simple algebra or even straight forward conversions between things like light years and miles. The rest was interesting and the exams were learnable. I think Cerego was used. This was the first science I’d taken on 30 years and so much better/easier than my last science class. Ymmv. The lab projects are awesome and used household materials you’ll want to share with the younger ones.

No papers; a smart, hardworking math lover who is beyond Alg I will have no problem cranking out the problem sets! This class does need daily attention, and I’ve seen it done in one day a week (blush), but it’s best done in 4-5 days per week.

For almost every one of these open enrollment, non-writing classes from ASU, you can expect cerego homework (flashcards), a weekly quiz, open book, due basically at midnight Monday; a midterm or paper after the 3rd week, due the same time as week 4 quiz, and a final which does not include the info from weeks 1-3.

Ann D. 3/2020:

EA/ASU’s Astronomy class appears on the transcript as a 3 hour class and a separate 1 hour lab class. It’s very cool too. I’ve had several of my kids take it at full price ($400). 

Ann D. 5/22/20:

(Someone was looking for a STEM course for a  non-STEMy student) The astronomy class is the easiest way through a college lab course The formulas for the test are given to you on a sheet that you take into the exam. The homework that is math based is long, but if you take a couple of hours a day you will get done with the week’s work. There is no risk and you can take it again. My daughter took this class knowing she needed 1 lab for her college degree. She is greatly relieved she’s not had to take the usual freshman bio or chem with 1000 other kids. Try astronomy!

Andrea L. 6/2/20: 

My family is enjoying this course. The videos are interesting, Cerego is helpful for retention (flashcard type thing), the homework is easy – just multiple choice questions from the lectures/reading. The labs so far are multi-step word problems – 12+ questions per Lab (there’s 2 labs, the second one is much shorter- 5ish estimation questions usually). If you haven’t had math in a while, you may need to do a little refresher. I recommend brushing up on scientific notation, unit conversions, distanct/rate/time word problems, very basic geometry formulas for circles, spheres, and cubs (circumference, surface area, volume), and basic math with exponents. Update 7/26/20: The course proceeded pretty much like the early weeks, though I think the labs got easier as we got used the everything by week 3. The scientific calculators in our home were in high demand and (bonus) everyone learned to appreciate and use them during this course! We also used the Discussion forums extensively! I miss my summer cohort already! If a student posted a problem, often several others in the group would give hints or explanations, and Professor Timmes was highly responsive to questions. He answered a question I posted at 1am once! My family was mixed on the labs – the guys didn’t enjoy the labs (math problems) but enjoyed the content and got really creative with the design project at the end. I loved the content AND the labs. Also, don’t let the math freak you out! The quizzes and tests only have 3-6 lab style math questions on them, and a student can pass with an A or B, even if he bombs the math questions on the test. There is so much other work to balance it out. An A is still entirely achievable for a student with math anxiety! I highly recommend the course and it was a great bonding experience with the family, at the right price!

Kali P. 7/3/20
We have been very pleased with my son’s ASU class so far. My 13 year old is taking Astronomy with a little over a week left and it is a great mix of not too hard and quite challenging coursework (the labs are tricky). The format is fantastic and the extra accountability built in with timers and such makes it so simple for a teen not used to the college world. The only thing I don’t care for much is the professor can’t be contacted privately and the course can not be worked on ahead. We plan on my son taking their Programming course in August.

Brief Calculus: Calculus for Business and Economics

Ann D 4/2020:

Calculus for social science is real calculus. Don’t underestimate it.

Calculus for Engineers 1: (for science/engineering) MAT 265

Susan P. 5/2020:

My son (age 19) had to take this twice in order to pass with a low C, and he had taken Calculus previously in high school. He did very well on the assignments (outside of the final), and he thoroughly enjoyed the class and the Gradarius format. (I don’t know enough about Calculus myself to judge whether or not he could have done better by studying differently. He’s not a great tester.)

Chemistry for Engineers: (4 credits Science w/lab)

Ann D. 4/2020:

Chemistry was very hard, lots more math, and has fantastic simulated labs I really appreciate. 

Computer Applications and Information Technology CIS 105:

Ann D 3/2020:

Cis 105 was not well done. The assignments and tests seemed disconnected from the lectures. 

College Algebra  MAT 117 

Danika 4/2020: 

College Algebra and Precalculus are self-paced, and are just ALEKS math. College Algebra roughly equates to Algebra 1, Algebra 2, a little Geometry, and some Precalc. There’s not an exact match between it and other high-school math courses.

Ann D 3/2020:

Aleks gives a placement test at the beginning of the class. You will only work on what you don’t already know – one of my kids whizzed through College Algebra since she was already in Precal, but did have some extra since her precal did not cover everything in CA.

Andrea L 6/2020:

It’s Aleks math with videos supplemented by ASU staff. Do the placement test and you start from where you know. Be aware 100% of the grade is the proctored final at the end of the course. I believe you have to get the Aleks pie chart to 90% to test (double check that!). Many colleges use Aleks math, but will include other grades like homework, quizzes, etc, so the full grade is not dependent upon the final. Just something to consider. You have up to 1 year to complete the self-paced version, however the current covid deal for $99 ends 10/25/20, so if you finish after that it’s the normal price of $400 if you like the grade and want it on an ASU transcript. 

With the $25 ID fee waived, it’s a great time to try it to see if you like it. Aleks math is used in college courses all over the U.S., and people tend to love it or hate it. Once the $25 fee has returned, one could use the free trial on the Aleks site to try it out before committing any money. Just keep in mind that ASU has added video content and a Discussion Forum that would not be a part of the non-ASU Aleks version.

Kate D. 7/27/20
I have two in College Algebra and one in Precalculus. We have not had experience with the ALEKS platform before, and they are LOVING it. This is a great opportunity to earn regionally-accredited “real” credit vs. just a CLEP credit. The two students in College Algebra have also done College Algebra via Modern States and Sophia [for CLEP prep, which we abandoned to do ASU instead], and they are picking up far more in ALEKS so far. CLEP prep for College Algebra was difficult for my older three…REA tests were far harder than the test was, and Peterson’s tests were far easier than the test was, so it was hard to practice and gauge readiness. Hoping for a better solution with ASU for these two kids!

Kristen S. 7/28/20
I really hope the $99 fee will be extended as well. These classes and the opportunity is amazing. My kids LOVE them (one has taken College Algebra, another has taken this Eng Comp class and LOVED it and they are all taking Western Civ currently. They are each signed up for various classes beginning Aug 17. They are actually wishing there was a US History class…we can only hope more will be added. For now, LOVING ASU!

COMM 100 Intro to Human Communications

Ann D. 5/14/20:

Comm 100 requires 2 500 ish word responses every week which is checked by the computer to see if it meets word count requirements and then graded by a real person. 

The final was based on the included free e textbook. Proctoring is through the usual way ASU does this- video and audio monitoring where you show your room by swiveling your puter and showing the desk and both sides of paper plus showing your ID at the beginning. One of my children considered it but it transfers to Clemson as a free elective; the other is now an ASU online student (free success coach included!). It’s not a speech class – we just had one kid finish an online speech class from a TX community college and that was 3 speeches during the semester + final on readings (was supposed to have 5 people in the audience at home, until Covid came along. The 2nd speech required no audience and #3 was a group project on zoom, each with a 2 min part). Clemson student is taking it from C and that’s also 3 speeches with a group project + final on readings. I suggest you have your people take speech online from a community college.

Ann D. 5/15/2020:

Just checked Texas A&M – Com100 transfers as COMM101; Tx Tech takes it as COMS 1300. UGA counts it as COMM1500. If all these places take it, there’s a good chance another school may count it as your communication requirement.

English Courses:

Ann D: 5/7/2020

The computers check to make sure there are adequate word counts, but I remember the self graded portion being a fraction of the final grade. The idea here is to make a good website of what you have created during the course, writing with the lessons covered. Self graded portion was basically an effort score. My kids did receive graded feedback. One of my kids even wrote to the professor and received answers the same hour! I have had 3 kids take ASU’s English 101 and it helped them overcome their fear of college English. 102 is much harder because it involves research. One of my kids took it right after the other took my state’s standard English 1102, same goals. The ASU class allows the kids to choose their own topic of concern, while the state class was very motivated by political correctness. The contrast was stark. My kid with ASU had a good experience and would have enjoyed more weeks of class; my kid in the state class was “done.”

Susan 5/7/2020:

He did work and had to turn it in and he may have received grades for competition. There were peer review grades but I don’t know if their grades were input into the final grade. But no feedback from any ASU staff in 101. If a student hadn’t had much writing and/or was motivated to learn, the course would be helpful. My son did the work and checked the boxes for the grade. He is definitely working in the 102 class.

Danika R. April 2020:

English Comp I is an 8wk course (although I think there’s a 15wk option as well). Imagine a 16wk English course crammed into 7 ½ weeks; after week 1, there’s an essay due every week. Multiple other smaller projects for as well, including going through modules of info and then taking a quiz. No late work is accepted.

Kristen S. 7/28/20
I really hope the $99 fee will be extended as well. These classes and the opportunity is amazing. My kids LOVE them (one has taken College Algebra, another has taken this Eng Comp class and LOVED it and they are all taking Western Civ currently. They are each signed up for various classes beginning Aug 17. They are actually wishing there was a US History class…we can only hope more will be added. For now, LOVING ASU!

Human Origins

Ann D 4/2020

Human origins is obviously an evolution course; this was a better class than my intro anthropology class at Duke. If you are a creationist, you can teach your child the other side as they go along.

Aynsley K.7/2020
My rising 9th grader and I both took this course. I absolutely loved it! The professor is a well- respected paleoanthropologist who discovered the “Lucy” skeleton in the 70s as well as other more recent finds. He has done PBS specials back in the 80s and his voice sounded so familiar. These were very professional lecture videos and enjoyable to watch. Now from the viewpoint of my son, this was his first college level class and he has dyslexia, he was able to score a B with putting in about 18hrs a week. This was also his first biology class in high school so there were several scientific terms he needed to learn and for a dyslexic discerning between very similar scientific terms like, Australopithecus afarensis and Australopithecus africanis was a challenge but I am so glad he took this class. We used it as a way to learn note taking skills, and try out different study methods for each quiz and see what worked best with his learning style. A few tips, There is a short introductory video before each weeks lecture and I didn’t notice that there is a study guide attached to this until week 4. Very handy to help study for the quizzes. Also we found out at the very end of the course there are study flashcards already created by different students on Quizlet for this exact course. Which might be another way to get a little practice in before a quiz or test.

EXW 100: Introduction to Health and Wellness

Q: Does this course require weekly discussion posts, signing into the course at particular times, and weekly assignments?

A: No discussion required (it’s optional). There are interactive modules, homework questions and quizzes. The syllabus tells you what is due each week. Right now it’s been 1 or 2 each week from those categories. He enjoys the class and is learning a lot.

Q: Seeking feedback for Western Civ and Health?

A: (Amy B 5/18/20:) My son just finished both of those courses, and did very well. They were pretty polished and put together well. He found both courses interesting.

Gordon F. 5/22/20:

Completed the Health & Wellness course.  It was very enjoyable and a possible “confidence builder” as far as the grade was concerned.  There WERE discussion board posts required in the class (I believe 5% of the grade) so this may have changed from earlier versions.  It is also an interesting course for any parents that may want to take a course, I found it informative.

Micro and Macro Economics

Ann 4/2020

I was an econ major but took one of the econs for fun to see how it went. I was very impressed and learned more about sugar subsidies I never knew about. Both econs do a good job of teaching the subject but they are hard.

National Service and American Democracy CPP 112 

Chrystal 5/19/20Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT a civics course.  This course requires a ton of writing and uses MLA style.  It is centered around your current involvement (your civic club memberships, religious organizations, etc., which might be difficult for a very young student) and how you can get involved with serving your community. There is a final research paper that is 5 pages (including the title page and citations – approximately 1000-1500 total words). My 14 year old son got an a in the course and really enjoyed it, but it was a lot more work than his other courses, and it was not what he expected.


Ann D 4/2020

I have one taking sociology currently, which is required by the college major of choice. A sibling recently took sociology on a state college campus and felt like it was an indoctrination class; this one is also dealing with those topics but at least we can talk about our family world view and where we differ.

Western Civilizations  HST 102:

Ann D 4/2020:

Western Civ was great! I took this when the kids did and learned a bunch. 

Cali O. 5/18/20

There are 7 modules but 8 weeks with a final exam. Plus one self-assessment designed project.

Non-proctored midterm halfway thru. Final exam proctored based on weeks 4 thru 7

There are two live sessions offered thru YouTube with Dr. MOULTON, The recording of the lecture is posted after. There are quizzes for the 7 weeks. And there is also content mastery, gives you timelines and cities and battles, you can access that over and over for studying.

Kristen S. 7/28/20
I really hope the $99 fee will be extended as well. These classes and the opportunity is amazing. My kids LOVE them (one has taken College Algebra, another has taken this Eng Comp class and LOVED it and they are all taking Western Civ currently. They are each signed up for various classes beginning Aug 17. They are actually wishing there was a US History class…we can only hope more will be added. For now, LOVING ASU!


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2 thoughts on “Arizona State University $99

  1. Quickie question about the transcript option…if I want a transcript of the classes that are initially completed within the $99 requirement timeframe, I will pay $400 to get them on an official transcript? OR is the $99 solid (if class finished promptly) and I pay only transcript fee?


    1. The $99 is all you would pay assuming you did one of the $99 classes. Based on the start dates, you will see that they are all eventually returning to $400 – but in both cases that cost is OPTIONAL. You *only* pay the fee if you want it on the official transcript, and yes, that fee puts it on the official transcript! 🙂


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