Q: Hi, Any news about free/low cost college programs. I noticed Purdue, a major state land grant Univ is buying Kaplan, a for-profit. I think this combo is unprecedented. Kaplan is big in professional review programs and is probably the most reputable for-profit
A: Low cost and no cost options exist in Europe. I strongly suggest people look into those. There are free classes in some places, but are the college credits transferable?
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I do not have much to say about a university degree or college credits for free, but I can say it is possible to obtain a top university degree in three years from a top world school for about $10,000. The London School of Economics and Political Science is considered excellent and has had its International Programmes since about 1850 so this is not a one-off flyer. However, the program is difficult and studying it on one's own will be very difficult and demanding. It is not a program of study for the faint of heart or weak of will.

On the other hand, an LSE degree for $10,000 is very valuable.

How to get a top 10 university degree in three years for less than $10,000 in tuition!

(If the links do not come through cut and paste here for my original blog post on my site maddogslair.com https://www.maddogslair.com/blog/how-to-get-a-top-10-university-degree-in-three-years-for-less-than-10000-in-tuition)

Here is one good alternative to the in-person college for individuals sufficiently motivated, and driven.

Distance learning and flexible study | University of London International Programmes

Here is the link to course selection:

Course search results | University of London International Programmes

Note, that while all of the colleges at the University of London are quite good, the London School of Economics and Political Science is excellent, with its degrees (including accounting, banking, business, economics, and finance among others) commonly ranked approximately 10th in the world, making it a truly world class degree.

Costs are low as well:

£84 Application fee (non-refundable)
£89/£45 Application fee for accreditation of prior learning (per course/half course).
£760 Registration fee 1.
£380 Continuing registration fee 1.
Examination fees:
£224 Examination fee per course.
£112 Examination fee per half course

The course of study is 6 semesters of work commonly taken over three years, resulting in a degree. Exams occur only in May/June each year, and maybe re-sit (retaken).

This means the cost of the study, without books, and supplies, is about $3,000 per year, for a total tuition and testing cost of about $9,000. Testing is available in many places in the US, commonly in or close to large cities, and often performed at universities. Assuming books are less than $3,000 in total the total cost is about the cost of one year of in-state college tuition here in the US, which seems to run about $9,400 without books, supplies, lodging, food, etcetera.

The courses require 2.5 years of study in major, and one semester of study (4 half classes, or 2 full year classes in related areas). This usually means that an economics major might take related courses in business, accounting, finance, or the like.

Notice the lack of requirements for Social Justice Religion classes, Correct Communism Thought classes, or another worthless time waster classes created by the imbeciles who run US colleges, and universities today.

I no longer advise potential matriculants to university to attend a US university in person, but instead for them to seek education elsewhere, for less cost, better quality, and no indoctrination.

Regardless of where you attend, unless your parents are wealthy and willing to stipend you for life, always remember to choose a degree with the potential for work opportunities, and never allow your student debt to rise higher than one-half of your realistic first year's wage.

Mark Sherman