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Looking for continued education resources, but don’t know where to start?

With so many options available, choosing where to begin can be a tough decision. Attending a traditional college or university isn’t always the best option. One has to consider many factors before deciding which education path to start on.

Three major qualifiers to consider are time, cost, and quality

An average Associate’s Degree will require about 60 credit hours to complete. One semester-long class at a traditional college will typically earn a student 3 credit hours. At the rate of 5 classes per semester, students can expect to earn an Associate’s Degree in 2 years. Ask yourself, “Do I have time to take 5 classes a semester?” Your work, life, and family schedules will vary, there are options for you to study at your own pace, as fast or slow as you need. If you want to complete college credit on your time, there are smarter and more flexible options available. Time, however, is not the only deciding factor. The cost of attendance should be considered in your decision as well.

According to the College Board, “tuition and fees at public two-year colleges average $2,963.” Taking 5 classes per semester and completing an Associate’s Degree at a two-year college would cost about $6,000 in tuition for 2 years. If this doesn’t fit into your budget, and you’d like a more affordable way to earn your Associate Degree, another option may be right for you.
Consider this:
Over 3800 colleges and universities allow you to earn part of your degree by "testing out" with credit by examination. What does that mean? You can study traditional course material on your own time, and take one standardized exam when you’re ready. When you pass the exam, you complete the college credit for that course. Online study can save you time, with courses that can be completed on your schedule and rate of study. Online study can also save on college costs, with iStudySmart.com’s 2-year SmartClub membership, it can cost up to 80% less on tuition than a traditional 2-year college. Never thought about online study before? Consider, “Colleges saw a 17 percent increase in online enrollment, with more than one in four students taking at least one online course” according to a study by the Sloan Consortium.
Quality assured:

The U.S. Department of Defense established the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education (DANTES) Support Subject Standardized Test, known today as DSST, to allow credit-by-examination tests to be taken by students to prove a proficiency in subjects traditionally taught at colleges or universities.

  • •  iStudySmart.com is the only company officially endorsed by DSST
  • •  iStudySmart.com has completed their Central Contractor Registration and is
        registered to accept Government and Federal education contracts
  • •  iStudySmart.com is now a Verified Vendor with the U.S. Federal Contract Registration

iStudySmart.com offers courses in over 60 subjects in Business, Nursing, Science, Social Studies, and Humanities. Anxious about how well you’ll perform in online study? According to a report from the NY Times, “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.” If that isn’t enough, iStudySmart.com even guarantees* your success. Complete college credit the smarter way and see what iStudySmart.com can do for you.

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