4 ways to save time and money on your bachelor degree (PART 4- Community Colleges)

Hi Friends,

One of the best ways to save money on your bachelor degree is to earn your general education credits at a community college. The cost of tuition at a community college is significantly less that that of a university. However, it’s best to take on this endeavor with a plan. I recommend the following:
1. Find out the general education requirements of the bachelor degree program that you want to transfer into.

2. Meet with your academic counselor to take courses that are equivalent to the required courses in program of your interest.

3. Don’t take any courses that are not required for transfer.  Using this option will cut down the cost of your education significantly.

I hope you have enjoyed this series. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment box below.

Godspeed,

John Garay

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4 ways to save time and money on your bachelor degree (PART 3- Tuition Benefits)

Hi Friends,

Are you looking for a job to earn some extra-cash while you are in school? If so, you might consider looking for employment with a company that offers tuition benefits.

Many companies offer a full or partial tuition benefit as part of their total benefit package. It may be in your best interest to research companies that offer such a benefit as you search for work.

I hope this series has been helpful for you. Please join me tomorrow as I talk to you about how to save money by earning your general education credits at a community.

Godspeed,

John Garay

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I am available to coach you as you set goals and create a path to reach them
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4 ways to save time and money on your bachelor degree (PART 2-Prior Learning Assessment)

Hi Friends,

I hope that you are enjoying this series. Today I am going to share with you another way to earn college credit by putting “what you already know” to use.

Many universities provide students with the opportunity to compile a portfolio that demonstrates a learning experience in a particular subject area. Students are then allowed to present the portfolio as a means to earn credit.

I hope you find this information in this video to be useful. For additional information feel free to view the American Council on Education website.

Join me tomorrow as I talk about employment tuition benefits.

Godspeed,

John Garay

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4 ways to save time and money on your bachelor degree (PART 1- Exam for Credit)

Hi Friends,

What if were to tell you that you are able to earn college credit for what you already know? Believe it or not, you can earn college credit by testing out of subject areas that you feel that you have already mastered. These tests can be taken for a fraction of the cost of what you would pay for tuition at a university.

In my video I mention 4 different types of tests that are commonly accepted for credit at universities. I am including them below.

Some of these exams can be taken for as low as $85.00. Currently CLEP and DSST are offering a $10.00 discount if you register during the month of September.

I hope you find this information useful. Feel free to ask me any question in the comment box below.

Godspeed,

John Garay

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4 ways to save time and money on your bachelor degree (INTRO)

Hi Friends,

As a personal development coach, one of my favorite things to do is to help my clients reach their education and career goals. One of the ways that I help my clients is to inform them of ways that they can save time and money on earning their degree.

Tomorrow I am starting a 4 day video series to share some of the tips that I share with my clients. You won’t want to miss this if you are currently exploring the possibility of returning to school.

I look forward to having you join me these next four days.

Godspeed,

John Garay

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I am available to coach you as you set goals and create a path to reach them
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3 steps to help you prepare for college

#46 - Back To School

I always encounter people who are looking to return to school at the start of each new year. As an individual who has worked in higher education, and that is currently a non-traditional student, this excites me. I always advocate for education when people seek a career change, an increase in salary, or personal advancement in life.

If you are exploring the possibility of returning to school, or if you know of someone that is, I’d like to share a three-step process to help you with your pursuit.

  • Clarify your goals

In his book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, Steven Covey suggests that highly effective people “always begin with the end in mind”.  I believe that this is great advice. Clearly defined goals help us find a starting point and serve as a guide for making decisions. We have a tendency to run around aimlessly without one. Without clear direction, you may find yourself changing your degree program several times before you align yourself with one that fits you.

Most people return to school to find a fulfilling and purposeful career that leads to an increase in salary. If you are unsettled as to which degree will help you find this, I encourage you to sit down with a pen and paper and ask yourself the following question; “If there were no limits in life, and I could have any career that I wanted to have, what would I want it to be?”

When you ask yourself this question, you may find yourself coming up with a whole bunch of ideas. Once the ideas start coming to mind, make a list of them. Once you are finished, circle the top 3-5 career choices that resonate best with you. Then take your condensed list, and over the next few days, begin to research each career choice. Use your research to identify which of the career choices aligns most closely with your dreams, passion, life purpose, and desired salary. Use these factors to determine which of the career choices will work best for you.

  • Determine what type of degree is needed

There may be more than one degree path that leads to your career of choice. For example, in my line of work, it is common for me to hear people say, “I want to work with autistic children.” While many of them will opt to apply for a social work or special education degree program, there are many other degree programs that may help them achieve their career goal. Depending on the job title they want to have, they may select from an abundance of other degree programs; such as occupational therapy, nursing, human development, family science, human services, and non-profit management. It is likely that you will have several degree plan options to choose from too.

Before you settle on a degree program, I always recommend that you interview someone that works in your field of interest. Their experience will help you find out which degree programs will make you more marketable and desirable to your future employer. Although many people recommend that you speak with an academic counselor about career options, I do not recommend doing this until after you have done your research. Most academic counselors and admissions representatives are versed in the language and lingo of the department that they work in. They may not be familiar with opportunities that other degree programs may create for you.

  • Create a plan.

Determine what your next step will be. Will you research schools? Search for scholarships? Apply for financial aid? Whatever the steps in your plan may be, I encourage you to write them down and set firm deadlines for each task that you have listed. You may also want to share your goals with someone that you can trust to encourage you, and hold you accountable, as you start this new journey.
Until Next Time…. I wish you blessings and prosperity…….. Godspeed!

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