5 Ways To Get A Quality Education Without Going Broke

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Everything is expensive these days: coffee is 5 bucks, sandwiches are 8, and salads, which are basically fancy pieces of grass in a bowl, can be over 10. But, none of these compare to the fortune educational courses cost in both money and time.

Luckily, we here at Dictionary.com love learning, and we've found five ways of getting some Grade-A knowledge without ending up with a zero in the savings account.

Embrace online learning with Study.com

Our favorite online learning site is Study.com: one of the most legitimate ways to get a college education and—get this—actually receive college credit for the courses you take.

In addition to all the other subjects ... they offer a wide variety of videos and courses in the humanities, including many language-based classes, particularly language-theory courses like "What Is Language?". An introductory psychology course that delves into the meaning of the constructs of language ... 😍.

Quality education for real credit + no need for travel or getting out of pajama pants. ✔

Find tuition-free colleges

If online learning isn't for you and you just love that in-classroom experience, there are several colleges throughout the US that offer enrollment tuition-free.

Including Deep Springs College in California, Curtis Institute of Music in Pennsylvania, and Barclay College in Kansas (among others), you can go to school full-time without breaking the bank. Most even factor in time for a 40 hour work week so you can save while getting your degree ... unheard of!

Get credits for work and life experience

Some colleges will offer you up to 30 credits for your work and life experience. Once you take the specialized subject exams or submit an Academic Portfolio, your valuable life experience working those late-night restaurant hours: organizing stock rooms or creating schedules, can transfer into cool, hard credits that lessen the time and cost it takes you to get that degree.

Peruse the Open Education Consortium

MIT ... probably too expensive and too elite right?

Well, they realize that and now they are bringing their college lectures to the masses to make up for it. On the Open Education Consortium you can gain free and open access to education and knowledge. In their words:

"Students can get additional information, viewpoints and materials to help them succeed. Workers can learn something that will help them on the job. Faculty can exchange material and draw on resources from all around the world. Researchers can share data and develop new networks. Teachers can find new ways to help students learn. People can connect with others they wouldn’t otherwise meet to share information and ideas."

Contributing universities include: CUNY, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Tufts, University of Michigan, etc.

Become multilingual on Duolingo

If the cute owl wasn’t enough to draw people in, Duolingo has become one of the most popular apps due to its proficiency in teaching language. Learn Italian, learn Spanish, or even learn Klingon—Duollingo provides audio and visual practice to get users to fluency in no time. There’s even a Duolingo community users can join, creating their own forums to speak languages on their own terms.  

So how does this transfer into a quality education? Because once you've learned another language, you can travel abroad and teach English. That means with Duolingo you learned a language and gained a career ... bon voyage.

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