Parent Question: Besides the free GCU course, are there any free college courses right now?

Answer: Yes! There are several free promos going on with colleges and companies across the country right now! In this post, I’ll share with you every resource I have for earning college credit TODAY for no cost.

Harding University Bison Prep (1 class per semester)

“Bison Prep is designed for college-bound high school juniors and seniors and allows students to earn college credit at Harding while still in high school. Courses are available in the fall and spring semesters. Best of all, it’s FREE for one course each semester!” One course each semester is free (limit 4 semesters). Harding is a Christian university. Learn More

Grand Canyon University (1 class per person)

GCU is a 4-year private Christian university offering 1 free dual enrollment course to any 12th grader whose parent is in the Homeschooling for College Community. You verify your membership by simply saying you’re a member of the HS4CC community! It’s that easy. Enrollment is now. Start dates are given, courses run 7 weeks and are fully online. Email Sheila Jones homeschool@gcu.edu with the following: your name, your student’s name, your ALPHA group (Homeschooling for College Credit), the course you want to register for, and the start date from the choices given.

  • American Government & Politics, 10/17/22, or 10/24/22
  • US History Themes, 10/17/22 or 10/24/22
  • Christian Worldview, 10/17/22, or 10/24/22
  • General Psychology, 10/17/22, or 10/24/22
  • Principles of Sociology, 10/17/22, or 10/24/22
  • Fundamentals of Communication, 10/17/22, or 10/24/22
  • English Composition I, 10/17/22, or 10/24/22
  • English Composition II, 10/17/22, or 10/24/22

University of Pittsburgh via Outlier (1 class per person)

**not everyone will qualify. Please read eligibility and conditions

Outlier is offering a free 100% off tuition on 1 course if you qualify for their Frontline Worker scholarship. There are no fees, every cost is covered. If your teen is 13 or older and works a part-time job (restaurant, grocery store, childcare, healthcare, etc.) they may qualify. This scholarship is available for the first 1,000 eligible applicants who complete a simple questionnaire and short video submission. Winners must begin their course by November 22, 2022. (start dates range from October 18, 2022 – November 15, 2022) Apply here

  • Intro to Financial Accounting
  • College Writing I
  • Computer Science I
  • Intro to Statistics
  • College Algebra
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus I
  • Principles of Economics
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Intro to Business
  • Intro to Astronomy
  • Intro to Microeconomics
  • Intro to Philosophy
  • Intro to Sociology
  • Intro to Macroeconomics
  • College Writing II

Husson University (2 courses per person per semester)

Husson University’s Early College Access Program (ECAP) is offering students two courses per semester for a maximum of 21 credits over two years, 11th and 12th grades only. Full course catalog is available assuming the student meets prerequisites and there is space. Local students in Maine can attend in person, everyone else will attend online. ECAP students get last priority. Book costs are not included.
Only homeschoolers in the following states are eligible: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, and New Jersey. Apply here


States offering Free Dual Enrollment

The following states offer FREE dual enrollment college classes to homeschoolers who are residents of that state. Eligibility guidelines apply.

  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

CLEP Exams (college credit by exam)

CLEP exams are currently free and unlimited when you pass the free prep course offered through Modern States. The best strategy for accumulating many vouchers for many CLEP exams is to choose courses your high school student has already completed for high school credit but not yet for college credit. A Modern States prep course can usually be worked through in 1 week or less when the student has preexisting knowledge. Sign up now

  • American Government
  • American Literature
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • College Algebra
  • College Composition
  • College Mathematics
  • English Literature
  • Financial Accounting
  • French Language
  • German Language
  • History of the United States I
  • History of the United States II
  • Introduction to Educational Psychology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Humanities
  • Information Systems
  • Introductory Business Law
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Natural Sciences
  • Precalculus
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Social Sciences and History
  • Spanish Language
  • Western Civilization I
  • Western Civilization II

Very Low Cost Courses with ACE Evaluation

This type of credit is “ACE Credit.” The companies/organizations in this category sell courses “for college credit” that have been evaluated by ACE. ACE (American Council on Education) is a third party credit evaluator that evaluates all types of learning programs that happens outside of a college. Officially, ACE advertises that there are almost 1,500 colleges that “may consider” ACE credit. Unofficially, this credit should only be used when you plan to use one of the partner colleges. Inside a partnership, credit transfer is guaranteed!

Using ACE credit requires creating an account with another third party, Credly to “hold” your teen’s credit until they’re ready to use it. HS4CC List of ACE Partners

Saylor Academy Courses These courses are always free but carry a $5 proctoring fee. There is no cost to take these courses except for the proctor fee. Books and transcript fees are all waived.

Fall Course List 2022-2023ACE #Credits
ARTH101: Art AppreciationSAYA-00363
BIO101: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular BiologySAYA-00193
BUS101: Introduction to BusinessSAYA-00253
BUS103: Introduction to Financial AccountingSAYA-00213
BUS105: Managerial AccountingSAYA-00093
BUS202: Principles of FinanceSAYA-00223
BUS203: Principles of MarketingSAYA-00233
BUS204: Business Statistics SAYA-00373
BUS205: Business LawSAYA-00243
BUS206: Management Information SystemsSAYA-00133
BUS208: Principles of ManagementSAYA-00353
BUS210: Corporate CommunicationSAYA-00273
BUS300 Operations ManagementSAYA-00383
BUS303: Strategic Information TechnologySAYA-00143
BUS305 Small Business ManagementSAYA-00493
BUS402 Project ManagementSAYA-00393
CHEM101: General Chemistry ISAYA-00283
College SuccessSAYA-00401
COMM001: Principles Of Human CommunicationSAYA-00103
CS101: Introduction to Computer Science ISAYA-00173
CS102: Introduction to Computer Science IISAYA-00153
CS105 Introduction to Python ProgrammingSAYA-00483
CS107: C++ ProgrammingSAYA-00173
CS302: Software EngineeringSAYA-00183
CS402: Computer Communications and NetworksSAYA-00163
CUST105: Customer ServiceSAYA-00413
ECON101: Principles of MicroeconomicsSAYA-00053
ECON102: Principles of MacroeconomicsSAYA-00063
ENVS203: Environmental Ethics, Justice & World ViewsSAYA-00042
GEO101 World Regional GeographySAYA-00443
MA001: College Algebra SAYA-00263
MA005: Calculus ISAYA-00254
MA121: Introduction to StatisticsSAYA-00323
PHIL102 Critical ThinkingSAYA-00453
PHIL103: Moral and Political PhilosophySAYA-00113
PHYS101: Introduction to MechanicsSAYA-00313
PHYS102: Introduction to ElectromagnetismSAYA-00303
POLSC101: Introduction to Political ScienceSAYA-00123
POLSC201 Introduction to Western Political ThoughtSAYA-00333
POLSC221: Introduction to Comparative PoliticsSAYA-00293
PSYCH101: Introduction to PsychologySAYA-00073
SOC101: Introduction to SociologySAYA-00083

Very Low Cost Courses with NCCRS Evaluation

NCCRS (The National College Credit Recommendation Service) is a third party credit evaluator that evaluates all types of learning that happens outside of a college. A company may market and sell courses “for college credit” that have been evaluated by NCCRS. While there are almost 1,500 colleges that “may consider” NCCRS credit, only when a company has a formal written partnership with a college should this credit be considered transferable. Unlike ACE/Credly, there is no NCCRS transcript or holding place to set your credit, so if a company goes out of business before you need the credit, it may be lost. Advice for using NCCRS is to only do so when your teen will pursue a degree with a partner college (see the HS4CC list) because most colleges do NOT accept NCCRS credit. HS4CC List of NCCRS Partners

OnlineDegree.com (age 18+ only) (all courses are free but require a $9 proctor fee)

 Law Shelf (all courses are free but require a $35 proctor fee)

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Executive Director of Homeschooling for College Credit