College on the Cheap

Education Podcasts

Doing whatever it takes to get a degree without debt.


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Doing whatever it takes to get a degree without debt.




Episode 7: Paying for Trade School

The cool thing about trade school (vocational school, career school, etc) is that the programs are tied tightly to employment- these programs help prepare you to get a job immediately. The challenge with these programs is the cost. Sometimes they are more expensive per contact unit than a degree in liberal arts, and when the school is unaccredited or a for-profit business, it's hard to get wise financial aid help. In this episode, we'll show you how to pay for trade school (accredited or...


Episode 6: Getting a Degree vs ”Going” to College

Three questions everyone should ask before going to college, and how to look past the "all-expense-paid-vacation" marketing colleges are pitching in 2022. Ask an 18-year-old about their future education, and then ask a 38-year-old about their future education. What you’ll notice time and time again, is that the 18-year-old talks about where they're going to college while the 38-year-old tells you what they’re doing. Whether it's a degree, a license, or a certification, adults tend to focus...


Episode 5: You May Already Qualify for this Degree

1 in 4 adults has college credit but no degree. If that's your situation, you may already qualify for a degree through this special program being offered by Pierpont Community and Technical College in West Virginia. Best of all, this degree is completely free and open to anyone in the country! Pierpont Community & Technical College AAS Board of Governors Degree Take Jennifer's 90-Day Degree Class


Episode 4: College Credit for $3

Complete a 50-75% or more of your degree right now from home for $3 per credit or less. No application, no SAT scores, no acceptance letters. Sound too good to be true? Nope. In this episode, you won't believe the opportunities to earn legitimate college credit that you can use at legitimate colleges starting today! Resources /...


Episode 3: Testing Out with CLEP

It’s 2005-2006, and I’m reading about a concept I'd never heard of called "testing out." The interesting part is that I'd been teaching and advising in the community college district for 13 years by then, so I was sure it wasn't legit. Except that it was. 6 months later I had tested out of over 20 college classes, and today I’m going to tell you you can do it too. Resources / Links


Episode 2: Caffè Latte & a Bachelor’s Degree

Resourceful people LOVE finding a smart solution that’s just a little bit better than what everyone else is doing. One company has literally reinvented its education plan so creatively, that you just might want to change jobs and let them pay for your degree. Source Links Starbucks Program: ASU regular Online Tuition $561–$661 per credit hour List of degrees you can do through...


Episode 1: Getting Into College is Easy

Every student feels the intensity as they get closer to graduation, sometimes even as early as 9th or 10th grade everyone starts asking, "Where are you going to college?" But admissions propaganda is a distraction from the real question everyone should be asking. College on the Cheap isn’t about saving money, it’s about spending money. You can learn how to save money in 5 seconds. “Put your money over there and don’t touch it.” Boom. You saved money. Saving money is easy. Spending…...