Free Troy Classes: Use Caution

My inbox has been bombarded with excitement about the 2 free college classes being offered by Troy University. If you want to use the classes for high school credit, no problem, but for college credit you might run into a problem.

https://www.troy.edu/freeclass/

Course Dates & Registration

  • Registration is open now through July 10, 2022.
  • Both courses will begin July 11, 2022, and will run through Aug. 8, 2022.
  • Registration for these courses is available online. Use the registration link below.
    • Click the register now button. Do not sign in.
    • Choose one or both of your courses by entering the course code below into the Course Code Number box.
      • LDR-101-XTIB – Leadership 101
      • BUS-100-XTIB – Money Management
    • Click the next button at the top of the screen and proceed with the registration process.

REGISTER NOW

COURSE 1: Leadership 101: Effective Leadership for a Fast-Changing World

Troy University’s College of Education and the Institute for Civic and Global Leadership will once again collaborate to provide a free leadership course. This course focuses on various aspects of leadership. It will explore personal development, leadership style, action, cultural diversity, and events, all through the lens of effective leadership. This course is organized into four weekly lessons. Lessons are self-paced and will include videos, brief readings and connection opportunities through discussion forums. In the Leadership 101 course, students will learn how to lead themselves, how to engage with and work with people, and how to thrive in an uncertain and fast-changing world.

Course Layout

  • Week 1: Understanding Leadership
  • Week 2: Understanding Yourself
  • Week 3: Understanding Others
  • Week 4: Understanding How to Lead and Thrive

Free. Also, there are no textbooks required for these courses.

Course 2: Your Life, Your Success: Money Management & Financial Wellness

Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business is partnering with Guardian Credit Union to provide a free course on money management. Course participants will engage in a four-week, self-paced course with material covering a range of personal finance topics. Participants have the option to pursue one of two tracks: one for typical college-aged students and the other for the general public. Both tracks of the course are recommended, as information in both tracks may be useful. 

  • Track 1 – College Student
    • Week 1: Financial Planning, Budgets and Taxes
    • Week 2: Credit, Student Loans and the Debt Crisis
    • Week 3: Insurance: Health, Renters and Term-Life
    • Week 4: Investment and Retirement
  • Track 2 – General Public
    • Week 1: Financial Planning, Budgets and Taxes
    • Week 2: Credit and Consumer Loans
    • Week 3: Insurance: Health, Home and Permanent-Life
    • Week 4: Investment, Retirement and Estate Planning

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take these courses?

Both courses are available for free to anyone and does not require enrollment at TROY to participate. 

Can you earn college credit if you take these courses?

Yes. These courses can count as three credit hours as a general elective or minor course. The student must pass the Challenge Exam at the end of each course to receive credit.  Participants can also earn Continuing Education Units and receive a certificate upon successful completion of either course.

The Challenge Exam is the snag. Passing a challenge exam is usually going to result in institutional credit (use at Troy) and no grade. In some cases you won’t even get pass/fail, you’ll just get credit at Troy to use at Troy. Note that this is not explained in their FAQ,

If your teen is currently planning to attend Troy in the fall, they should take these courses and have them recorded on their transcript since Troy does promise them to count in that instance. LDR 1100 and FIN 2210 count at Troy as general electives 

I know you’re thinking “well, I’ll just call and ask” which I have done. Twice. Troy has no idea how these will be transcripted, and while my instinct is saying to skip the classes, I have a hard time passing up FREE, so with that, I’ll just say hope for the best and award high school credit. If you do get credit that transfers later, I’d love to hear about it!

Author:

Executive Director of Homeschooling for College Credit