Even in such a costly sphere as education, you can find ways to save money and time. Here is an example of seven ways to save on studying in the US.
Transfer subjects from a previous diploma
Foreign students who enter the American college and who already have an education should value their “native” diploma. The evaluation of a degree is his assessment of compliance with the American education system. This procedure is carried out by specialized companies from information translated into English on the education received earlier outside the United States (the name of the subjects, the contents of the courses, the number of study hours for each of them, and so on). The document is submitted to the university where the special commission determines which subjects from the diploma can be transferred to the curriculum. Thus, several things can be counted, and the student will have an opportunity to save both money and time significantly.
By the way, there is an opportunity to increase the number of credits received after the commission’s decision. To do this, you must write a statement indicating the subjects that you need to pass, and contact him to the senior teacher (Academic Advisor) of the department to which these subjects belong. Having received his approval in the form of the application, you must again apply to the university commission.
Include in-training online classes
As you know, foreigners in the United States are supposed to study full time. With this form, the student needs to earn from 12 credits per semester, that is, to take a minimum of 3-4 subjects. They can be studied internally by attending the classroom or can be combined with distance learning. This means that some of the items can be online. With 12 credits per semester, online education should not exceed three, that is, most likely, it will be one course. If the student includes more courses in his schedule, then the number of online items can be increased.
Plus online courses are that they are cheaper than full-time. And since the cost of training in an American university is made up of the number of classes that a student must pass through, such a combined system will save money. After all, at least one subject per semester can be much cheaper.
Join a club or community
In American universities, great importance is given to social activity, and student life here plays a significant role. Very developed and popular here are various communities, circles and so-called fraternities or sororities.
Brotherhoods and sisterhoods have existed for a long time, although they are not represented in all universities. These communities, as a rule, are closed to potential “outside” members. That is, you can join them only on the recommendation, having received an invitation from a valid member. A future member of the club must pay the entrance fee, and also pass some tests before becoming a full participant. These circumstances do not frighten candidates since membership in the organization can give certain advantages. Firstly, these are numerous acquaintances with existing and former members of brotherhoods and sisterhoods, which, as is known, increases the chances of finding a job both on campus, being a student, and a severe place after graduation, when the question of student status change becomes urgent.
Secondly, it is an opportunity to receive financial assistance. In some colleges, student fraternity and sisterhood students can be provided with various benefits, discounts on paying for any courses, and so on. There are also special scholarships. For example, Harvard offers a small scholarship to additional classes for PTK club students (Phi Theta Kappa), who need financial assistance.
Join the classes
There is a large number of sections and circles in various fields and disciplines at universities. In fact, they are a kind of community or interest clubs, which also provides membership fees and regular meetings. But, unlike fraternities and sisterhoods, they are open to all comers.
Students enrolling in such groups can count on the fact that at the end of the semester they can be credited with additional credits in subjects close to the subject of the circle. That is, the number of loans will increase, while the student does not have to take it and, accordingly, pay for the course.
There is such a thing as continuing education. These are additional courses not included in the curriculum. Such courses are offered practically by all the major universities of the country. They are available for students and for those who are not students of a particular college, as well as for graduates and professionals who have already taken place. In a word, anyone can register for them. At the end of the course, students receive a certificate. The list of disciplines for which classes are conducted is quite impressive. Listeners can choose both online format, and full-time form, as well as combined.
Continuing education is a perfect and convenient opportunity to continue their education, improve their qualifications, and for students, they also save money.
The advantage of this kind of training is that they are much cheaper than the courses included in the student’s curriculum. Also, loans for them can be transferred and credited to the university program. You do not need to sign up for continuing education at your university. You can choose any other where their cost will be less. The main thing is first to make sure that the credits of the courses in the selected college will be transferred and credited to the current one.
Use third-party resources
Now there are several educational Internet platforms where audio and video courses, lectures and classes of the best universities of the world are collected and available for the audience. Most of these portals are free for users, but they do not provide an opportunity to get a diploma, a certificate or any other document about the completion (passing) of courses.
But there are also those that offer listeners to earn credits, which can later be transferred to the curriculum of a college or university. For example, ther study.com project. As with similar educational sites, most of the content is free. The system offers to open an account on your website, which can be replenished with a bank card, and you can pay for the content from this account. For example, for $200 per month, users get unlimited access to all materials for all courses offered on the site, test tasks, final exams, technical support, various tools for using the portal, a certificate of completion and, most importantly, loans that can be transferred in the university and thereby save on training at the university.
Although the ACE (American Council on Education) recognizes the results of the courses it has been taught on the portal, it is worthwhile to find out in the university whether they receive credits so earned.
Free classes to save money
America would not be America if there were no opportunities to learn from those who have no means for it. Such courses operate at community colleges and are available to all comers.
They do not have to take tests, provide documents and even confirm their legal status. The purpose of these classes is to help foreigners learn the language and adapt. Therefore, they are trendy among immigrants, including illegal ones. Although Americans wish to improve the level of knowledge of their native language, they can attend.
Despite the target audience and free base, the quality of teaching in these courses is quite high. Experienced and professional teachers conduct classes, often working in community colleges, schools and other educational institutions.
Despite the obvious advantages, free courses have one nuance. Classes do not involve assessments and tests; there are no credits for them and, consequently, they will not affect the curriculum at the American University in any way.