Degree Planning with Cost Maps

Degree planning maps the required courses and credits of a college degree with courses and credits done in advance, or before, your teen enrolls.  This approach employs a college’s credit by exam policy, dual enrollment allowance, and maximum credit transfer program to bring the goal post as close as possible before your teen starts!

Almost every college in the country accepts college credit by exam, dual enrollment, or transfer credit in some amount.  Knowing this option and squeezing out every possible credit cuts the cost of earning a degree by 25-75%

Anyone can learn to degree plan with a little help and guidance. These free degree plans will show you real-world examples of how you can Homeschool for College Credit and degree plan for a degree.  These plans serve as examples, but you can build your own plan for any college and any major in the country!

College State Degree Rack Rate Tuition Resourcefully Planned
Charter Oak State College CT Associate of Science, (online) $24,480.00 $1,669.00
Thomas Edison State University NJ Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts (online) $60,180.00 $4,442.00
Charter Oak State College CT Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies (online) $48,960.00 $4,446.00
Southern New Hampshire University NH Bachelor of Science, Business (online) $38,400.00 $11,160.00
University of Maryland, University College MD Bachelor of Science, Business (online) $59,880.00 $16,723.00
Liberty University VA Bachelor of Arts, Pre-Law (online) $46,800.00 $16,780.00
Franklin University OH Bachelor of Science, Business (online) $63,120.00 $19,616.00
Liberty University VA Bachelor of Arts, History (residential) $95,200.00 $26,006.00
Southern New Hampshire University NH Associate of Arts, (online) $19,200.00 $5,125.00
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University FL Bachelor of Science, Engineering (online) $49,530.00 $41,340.00
Montgomery County Community College PA Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts (online) $26,000 $6,700
University of North Carolina – Pembroke NC Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice (in-state) $6,360.00 $4,611.00
University of North Carolina – Pembroke NC Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice (out-of-state) $22,560.00 $16,365.00
University of North Carolina – Pembroke NC Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (in-state) $6,360.00 $4,611.00
University of North Carolina – Pembroke NC Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (out-of-state) $22,560.00 $16,365.00

How to avoid student loan debt

  1. Reduce the number of credits your teen must complete by doing as many of them as possible in high school.  You’ll pay cash for these as you go.
  2. Apply for Federal work-study, grants, and use savings/cash to cover the balance of tuition once they’re an enrolled student.
  3. For every $100 of tuition you have outstanding, apply for 1 scholarship.  (example: $2,000 tuition = apply for 20 scholarships)

Use these plans to build your own plan – these examples will get you started, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed at DIYing the process, I teach an in-depth online class specifically on this topic!  Resourceful degree planning cuts the price of a degree by 50-75%!

Degree Planning Masterclass