Posted in Big 3, Credit by Exam

Excelsior’s UExcel Exams Discontinued

The last day to register for an Excelsior College UExcel exam is June 30, 2022. No word as to whether or not a new exam product is being developed. Updates to follow as they roll out.

Excelsior College will no longer offer UExcel exams after the Summer 2022 trimester. If you are interested in taking a UExcel exam(s), the deadline for registration is Thursday, June 30. The last day to take a UExcel exam is Sunday, August 21.

See the HS4CC UExcel Exam page

UExcel Exams—Excelsior College Exams

UExcel Exams—Excelsior College Exams Limited Transfer http://www.Excelsior.edu UExcel exams (credit by exam) let you earn credit by exam rather than by taking a course that requires you to complete assignments and take multiple tests on a schedule. You don’t have to enroll in a degree program at Excelsior College to take UExcel exams. FORMERLY ACE:  […]

Posted in Big 3, College Majors, Curriculum, HS4CC

Parent Question: My daughter is interested in ethnobotany, herbalism, Chinese medicine. Do you happen to know of anywhere offering anything along those lines?

Yes! I have some suggestions for high school and college options.

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Posted in ACE, Big 3, Curriculum, Guidance Counselor, High School, HS4CC, Pro Tip, Self-Paced Learning, Sophia

Pro Tip: Sophia like a Boss

Did you know that if you don’t have a current subscription with Sophia you can still start working on the homework? Did you know you can work at your own pace while still only paying $99 for your class? In the HS4CC inactive account strategy, you’ll learn how to make the most of your enrollment period.

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Posted in Big 3, Debt Free Degree, HS4CC

Resourceful Degree Planning at Excelsior College

Known as one of the “Big 3” Excelsior College is exceptionally “alternative college credit” friendly, allowing a resourceful parent to outsource the majority of the degree with low cost college credit options. This approach, when well-planned, allows you to build a regionally accredited college degree for just a few thousand dollars.

Join degree planning expert Danika Recore in this 2+ hour live Zoom class. You’ll learn how to pick the right dual enrollment, CLEP, Sophia, Studycom, DSST, ASU, or Coopersmith classes to earn an affordable bachelor’s degree at Excelsior College.

We’ll focus on the two most attainable degrees at Excelsior: Liberal Arts and Business. Each participant will receive a handout and a recording of the full session.

Registration is required. $40 space is limited. 6pm EST – 8pm EST immediately followed by Q&A.

Posted in Big 3, Debt Free Degree, HS4CC

Resourceful Degree Planning at Excelsior College

Known as one of the “Big 3” Excelsior College is exceptionally “alternative college credit” friendly, allowing a resourceful parent to outsource the majority of the degree with low cost college credit options. This approach, when well-planned, allows you to build a regionally accredited college degree for just a few thousand dollars.

Join degree planning expert Danika Recore in this 2+ hour live Zoom class. You’ll learn how to pick the right dual enrollment, CLEP, Sophia, Studycom, DSST, ASU, or Coopersmith classes to earn an affordable bachelor’s degree at Excelsior College.

We’ll focus on the two most attainable degrees at Excelsior: Liberal Arts and Business. Each participant will receive a handout and a recording of the full session.

Registration is required. $40 space is limited. 6pm EST – 8pm EST immediately followed by Q&A.

Posted in Big 3, Common Sense College Planning, Credit by Exam, Debt Free Degree, Dual Enrollment, High School, HS4CC, Saylor Academy

Upper-Level Credit in High School

Super rare thing for me to write about here because, frankly, very few of you are going to be in a situation where you exhaust your credit earning options for the first two years of college (60 credits). But every now and then, a parent will ask about upper-level credit options.

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Posted in Big 3, Common Sense College Planning, Debt Free Degree, HS4CC

WATCH NOW: The Big 3

THE BIG 3: AFFORDABLE BACHELOR’S DEGREES Who are the Big 3 and why are so many people using them for their teen? In this session, you’ll learn about Charter Oak State College, Thomas Edison State University, and Excelsior College. This group, frequently called The Big 3, have unique transfer policies that allow you to DIY a bachelor’s degree in high school using alternative college credit for under $10,000. We’ll explore if these degrees and colleges are legit, and when a degree from one of these universities is a great option or a bad idea. Watch Now (1 hour)

Want to attend one of our live events? Check our calendar for the next workshop!

Posted in Big 3, HS4CC, Sophia

Parent Question: The college won’t tell me if our classes will transfer. I need help.

“I have 3 high schoolers who are taking Sophia classes that we want to transfer to Charter Oak State College but they won’t tell me which Sophia classes my kids should take. Obviously, I get why, but I still need help.”

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Posted in Big 3, College Majors, Common Sense College Planning, Debt Free Degree, Distance Learning, HS4CC

We Want the Cheapest Bachelor’s in Anything

This is a popular request! Sometimes, a teen doesn’t need a degree in something specific, rather they are just hoping to check the box without debt so they can get on with their next thing. Sometimes the next thing includes graduate school, military, trade school, or starting a business. If your teen’s situation allows for an accredited degree without a specific major, there are 3 colleges that fit this request better than any others.

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Posted in Big 3

Special Class Today! September 1

Thomas Edison State University: Resourceful Homeschooling for an Affordable Bachelor’s Degree. Taught by HS4CC degree planning expert Danika Recore, this 2+ hour intensive live stream class will teach you how your teen can complete most (or all) of their bachelor’s degree in high school using free and super low cost college credit. For teens who want to cash flow college for a fraction of the price and graduate debt-free from a regionally accredited college, you won’t want to miss this! Each participant will receive a handout and a recording of the session. $40 space is limited. 3pm EST – 5pm ESTRegister Now

About Thomas Edison State University

Chartered in 1972, Thomas Edison State University is one of New Jersey’s senior public institutions of higher learning and one of the oldest schools in the country designed specifically for adults. The University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in more than 100 areas of study as well as undergraduate, graduate and professional certificates. TESU.edu

Why would a HS4CC family consider TESU?

Thomas Edison State University is one of 3 special universities in the United States that allows you to bring in more transfer credit than anyone else. In fact, you only have to complete 2 classes with the university. (you can, of course, complete all of them there- but that’s missing the point!)

How does this transfer policy save money?

When you enroll in college, most people pay “rack rate” tuition- which is the standard cost found on a college’s website. Since a bachelor’s degree requires 120 college credits, the “normal” way is to pay rack-rate for all 120 college credits. This is the MOST EXPENSIVE way to go to college! TESU’s unique transfer policy allows resourceful parents to cash flow college by maxing out on CLEP, DSST, AP, dual enrollment, Sophia, Studycom, and many other forms of very low cost college credits. By accumulating almost every college credit ahead of time, you can pay the lowest cost.

Why doesn’t everyone do this?

This “approach is sometimes called “testing out” or “DIY” but the essence of this method means completing most of a degree before you ever enroll. Not everyone knows about these opportunities, not everyone is interested in non-traditional college credit, and not every degree can be earned this way. This approach works really well for general liberal studies degrees or a degree in business. For those who need a very specialized degree or classes that meet on campus, it becomes more challenging to find and earn those credits on your own.

What is the class going to teach me?

  • You’ll learn what the requirements are for each degree
  • You’ll learn how to choose the right classes for the degree.
  • You’ll learn how to choose the right exams (CLEP, TECEP, DSST) for the degree
  • You’ll learn when NOT to chose this type of degree

Meet Danika

Danika Recore has been a valuable part of the Homeschooling for College Credit leadership team since 2019 as a Degree Planning Expert and moderator in our Degree Completion group. She is actively involved in the alternative credit-earning community both personally and professionally, and has created over a thousand degree plans for adults and teens.

Danika Recore
Posted in Big 3

Special Class: This Wednesday!

Thomas Edison State University: Resourceful Homeschooling for an Affordable Bachelor’s Degree. Taught by HS4CC degree planning expert Danika Recore, this 2+ hour intensive live stream class will teach you how your teen can complete most (or all) of their bachelor’s degree in high school using free and super low cost college credit. For teens who want to cash flow college for a fraction of the price and graduate debt-free from a regionally accredited college, you won’t want to miss this! Each participant will receive a handout and a recording of the session. $40 space is limited. 3pm EST – 5pm ESTRegister Now

About Thomas Edison State University

Chartered in 1972, Thomas Edison State University is one of New Jersey’s senior public institutions of higher learning and one of the oldest schools in the country designed specifically for adults. The University offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in more than 100 areas of study as well as undergraduate, graduate and professional certificates. TESU.edu

Why would a HS4CC family consider TESU?

Thomas Edison State University is one of 3 special universities in the United States that allows you to bring in more transfer credit than anyone else. In fact, you only have to complete 2 classes with the university. (You can, of course, complete all of them there- but that’s missing the point!)

How does this transfer policy save money?

When you enroll in college, most people pay “rack rate” tuition- which is the standard cost found on a college’s website. Since a bachelor’s degree requires 120 college credits, the “normal” way is to pay rack-rate for all 120 college credits.This is the MOST EXPENSIVE way to go to college! TESU’s unique transfer policy allows resourceful parents to cash flow college by maxing out on CLEP, DSST, AP, dual enrollment, Sophia, Studycom, and many other forms of very low cost college credits. By accumulating almost every college credit ahead of time, you can pay the lowest cost.

Why doesn’t everyone do this?

This approach is sometimes called “testing out” or “DIY,” but the essence of this method means completing most of a degree before you ever enroll. Not everyone knows about these opportunities, not everyone is interested in non-traditional college credit, and not every degree can be earned this way. This approach works really well for general liberal studies degrees or a degree in business. For those who need a very specialized degree or classes that meet on campus, it becomes more challenging to find and earn those credits on your own.

What is the class going to teach me?

  • You’ll learn what the requirements are for each degree
  • You’ll learn how to choose the right classes for the degree.
  • You’ll learn how to choose the right exams (CLEP, TECEP, DSST) for the degree
  • You’ll learn when NOT to chose this type of degree

Meet Danika

Danika Recore has been a valuable part of the Homeschooling for College Credit leadership team since 2019 as a Degree Planning Expert and moderator in our Degree Completion group. She is actively involved in the alternative credit-earning community both personally and professionally, and has created over a thousand degree plans for adults and teens.

Danika Recore
Posted in Big 3, Common Sense College Planning, Debt Free Degree, HS4CC

2 NEW Workshops in September!

We are teaching 2 great NEW workshops that will help you execute your teen’s high school and college degree simultaneously. The first is for Christian families who want to use Christian curriculum to earn college credit and complete a bachelor’s degree at Liberty University. The second is for any family that wants to use a LOT of alternative college credit options like Sophia, Studycom, and CLEP with their dual enrollment to complete a bachelor’s degree at Thomas Edison State University. (see below)

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