How to Get a Bachelors Degree in One Year for $5000

If you look at most college undergraduate programs today, you’ll notice that 1) they take 4 years, and 2) they cost $50K-100K or more. What do you get with this investment? Most people go to college for one of two reasons: knowledge and credentials (to learn, and to get a degree). That’s what you’ll get for 4 years and $100K. But what if we could find a way to get the same thing, for much less of an investment?

If we could get the same thing for one-fourth of the time investment and 1/20th of the financial investment, it would mean a significantly higher ROI (return on investment). You pay much less; you get the same thing. Low cost and crazy value.

The Process – Overview

The process consists of taking tests to earn college credits. These tests are called CLEP tests, official exams offered by the College Board (same organization that makes the SAT). There are 33 different CLEP exams covering almost every subject. Each exam is worth 3, 6, or 12 college credits.

But how do you know you can pass the tests? How do you turn successful tests into a real college degree? Is this degree worth anything to employers? Read on to find out.

The Step-By-Step Method

Step 1: Do research. You should plan everything out before you get too far into this. Make a document that lists everything you’ll be doing – it’s different for each individual. Make sure you know which exams you’ll take, which college you’ll be getting your degree from, what kind of degree you’ll get, and how much you’ll spend.

Step 2: Study. Once you have everything figured out, you should start taking tests. I recommend you use a study guide for every test unless you know the subject well. CLEP tests aren’t that hard, but you don’t want to waste your time and money if you fail (you do get unlimited attempts, and you don’t have to wait to take it again if you fail. But it’s another $80 test fee wasted). There is an official CLEP study guide for every CLEP test. These tell you exactly what kind of questions will be on the test (if you see it in the study guide, you’ll probably see it on the test). The study guide also contains practice tests and test-taking tips. They’re a great value, but if you want to save money, you can check them out from your local library.