By now you know the cost of a four year college education is expensive. Accelerating your college career means less time in the classroom and more money in your pocket.

If you are an extremely motivated high school student, it can be done.  Even if you already started college, you may be able to find your way our of college a semester or two early. Here's how:

  • AP Course. If your high school offers Advanced Placement courses, take advantage of this option. The cost of an AP exam is much cheaper than the cost of a college credit and AP courses are free to take for most public school students.
  • College in High School. These aren't AP courses but they are high school classes taught with the curriculum of the college backing them. Your instructor is a high school teacher who will teach you everything you need to know for a variety of tests you will be taking are the same tests you would be taking if you were actually taking this the 4 year university. (When I was in high school, I received four credits of calculus for only $90 which transferred just about anywhere.)
  • Online classes. High school and college students can rack up the credits by taking online general education requirements. These classes can be taken year round and you can complete the work anywhere you have internet access. You can take classes and take a summer vacation to the beach at the same time!
  • Summer Classes. You can often take summer courses at a community college for a fraction of the cost it would cost you to take these classes at your regular university. Even at your four year university, summer classes often have lower tuition rates.

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