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College Connect: Save money on tuition by looking for classes off campus

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By ALON GALBOA

College can be expensive. Everyone knows that. But if you’re already in college, why not also try and save some money and stress? How’s that possible, you might ask yourself. Is there some strange class not in the course catalog that offers the same credit of your regular classes, but costs less and is pass/fail? If these magical classes existed, would you enroll in them?

To find these classes you’ll have to close the course catalog and look elsewhere, to a neighboring school. Taking a class at a neighboring school can lead to significant savings, sometimes one-third or even half off the cost of classes at your school.

The first step is checking out your schools website describing how credits are transferred, usually referred to as transfer course equivalency. Most schools have these online now and all you have to do is plug in the class you need to take at your school and it spits out where you can take the same course at another school in the area. Oftentimes, you can take these classes either in person or online. This allows you to choose the most convenient option that suits your learning style and schedule.

A further benefit is that after you take these classes at the neighboring school your letter grade will transfer, but your GPA will not be affected. Of course, you will want to check with your school to make sure that this is the case. However, if it is the case, it means that if you have a class you know is especially difficult, you can take the alternate route of taking it elsewhere and still get that necessary course out of the way, all without worrying too much about your GPA.

Sometimes, though, certain majors at schools will only allow you to take courses at that specific school. For instance, the University of Missouri’s journalism program only allows students to take journalism classes at the school, and nowhere else. The option described above is usually suitable for general elective classes that you might want to get out of the way, or for majors that easily transfer between schools.

Sometimes to save money, students must get creative. Taking classes at another school can lead to some serious savings and lighten your course load a bit. It is not for every student or every major, but it’s something worth considering if you are able to do it.

 

Alon Galboa is a senior journalism student at the University of Missouri.

 

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