Welcome and Our Mission

You could obtain college credit by taking 15 courses at OnlineDegree.com…completely tuition-free.  That’s a potential of 44 college credit units…without the interviews, applications, or tuition. The courses are online, available 24/7, and taken at your own pace.

Our mission is to help make college more accessible and affordable for everyone.  University and college education can still be too expensive and unapproachable for many Americans.  Our goal is to help the millions of people go back to school who aren’t able to take that first step whether due to limited finances, busy schedule or just general apprehensions jumping into a university. To do that, we’ve made it possible to receive college credits, up to your entire freshman year of college…zero-tuition.

Below, we’ve provided a full guide as well as our Recommended To-Do List: Steps You Should Take, so you can learn how it’s possible to receive college credits for the courses you’ve completed at OnlineDegree.com.

Overview Of The Process

To achieve our Mission of making college more affordable and approachable, we’ve created a simple and easy-to-use learning environment where you can take 15 free online courses. These college-level courses cover a variety of topics like Psychology, Criminal Justice, Robotics, Computer Science, and many more listed above. In addition to being free, our courses are introductory and don’t require you taking any pre-requisites or prior coursework before beginning.

We’ve then worked out pathways where you could receive college credit after you’ve successfully completed those courses.

Most universities require you take certain general courses during the first year or two when you enroll. These general course requirements can either be taken at the 4-year university or can usually be satisfied elsewhere like enrolling at a community college.

With OnlineDegree.com, it’s now possible to complete our courses and have them potentially accepted towards your general course requirements at a university…without having to pay any tuition! These pathways to receiving credit are outlined below through our direct partnerships with universities and our participation with a third-party called the NCCRS. When you successfully complete courses, you could obtain credit towards your degree potentially saving you thousands of dollars on tuition.

Here’s a summary of how the process works:

  • Register for a free account at OnlineDegree.com
  • Choose to take as many courses as you’d like
  • Successfully complete courses with a passing grade of 70% or above
  • Generate your Transcript to send to the college or university where you’re applying
  • Your eventual college or university considering the courses you’ve completed for credit towards your degree

The process is discussed in further detail below.

Receiving Credit For Courses

Our goal at OnlineDegree.com is to help you receive credit at a university by taking our free college-level courses. OnlineDegree.com is not a university and does not and cannot “grant credit” – the option to grant credit always belongs to the college or university that you plan on attending, and will further depend on whether a course fits into your degree program. We want to save students time and money to get their degree. To do that, we work with a number of official accredited university partners who’ve agreed to recognize our courses for credit and participate with the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) where our courses have earned a recommendation for credit with over 1400 universities and colleges cooperating in their network nationwide.

Here are the following pathways to receive credit:

    • Direct Participating Universities- We work directly with accredited participating universities who have agreed to award credit for successful completion of OnlineDegree.com courses. They are listed below along with a course mapping to see how our courses could satisfy course requirements with their various degree programs. Although they’ve agreed to accept these completed courses and award credit as noted, your individual situation and how those courses will ultimately transfer will depend on your choice of major, other credits you may have earned, and other individual factors.
      Ashworth College is a 30 year-old accredited institution offering more than 125 programs spanning online career certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. Offerings are in high-demand fields including healthcare, business, creative services, education and trades.  Download a course mapping here to see which OnlineDegree.com courses would be applicable to the various degree programs offered at Ashworth.
      Southern New Hampshire University is a nonprofit, regionally accredited university with an 85-year history of providing high quality education to students online and on campus. Their 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH is home to over 3,000 students. They also offer affordable, accessible online degree programs to over 90,000 students.  Download a course mapping here to see which OnlineDegree.com courses would be applicable to the various counterparts offered at SNHU.
      Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution founded in 1971 focused on providing educational opportunity to adult learners. They offer more than 30 degree and certificate programs across five schools: Business, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Public Service, and Technology. Here is a sample course mapping to show which OnlineDegree.com courses could be applicable to the A.S. in Liberal Arts program offered at Excelsior…this provides students an example for this particular program, but could change based on the many programs they offer and Excelsior’s review of each individual student.
      Trident University International is a regionally accredited institution in Cypress, California. Their programs are 100% accessible online, and combined with no daily micromanagement to promote a flexible learning environment for adult learners to excel at a manageable pace. Trident is alma mater to more than 30,000 military, veteran and adult students.  Here is a course mapping here to see which OnlineDegree.com courses would be applicable to the various counterparts offered at Trident.
    • NCCRS- Our courses have also earned a recommendation for credit from the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) whose recommendations are considered by over 1400 accredited colleges and universities in the United States. The NCCRS doesn’t guarantee that participating universities and colleges will accept the courses for credit. The option to grant credit always belongs to the college or university and will further depend on whether a course fits into your degree program. However, the colleges and universities who do participate have indicated their willingness to consider accepting the NCCRS credit recommendations when you complete the courses. You’ll find the list of cooperating colleges and universities that have agreed to consider NCCRS recommendations for Credit by clicking here. It’s highly recommended to reach out and discuss this with the college you wish to attend beforehand to inquire about how many units they will accept from NCCRS credit recommendations from OnlineDegree.com.

We highly recommend utilizing our Recommended To-Do List below to ensure you take the appropriate steps to potentially earning college credit.

Recommended To-Do List: Steps You Should Take

We’ve provided a recommend To-Do list below to make sure you maximize your ability to receive college credit for the courses you complete at OnlineDegree.com

  1. Learn About the Courses
    • Review the available courses at OnlineDegree.com and see which ones you’re interested in taking
    • Read through the syllabi, course description, lessons, and recommended credit units to learn specifics about the particular course or courses
  2. Before Taking the Courses
    • Contact your school to find out if they will award credit for successful completion of OnlineDegree.com courses. To help you with this, you can search through the NCCRS list of over 1400 cooperating colleges and universities that have agreed to consider NCCRS credit recommendations (which OnlineDegree.com courses have earned) by clicking here. We also have direct schools we participate with above like Ashworth College and Southern New Hampshire University who have agreed to accept our courses for credit and you can inquire more by using their information above
    • Read through our Frequently Asked Questions section to learn more about how to take the courses, how it works, or any details or questions you may have
  3. Taking the Courses
    • Take the course(s) you’ve selected by completing each lesson, exercise and assessment.
    • Prepare for your Final Exam by studying all of the material and reading you’ve learned throughout the course
    • Watch the videos on how your exam will be proctored online, and read more about how to take your test
    • Take your Final Exam, and pass the course with a score of 70% or greater
  4. Taking the Courses
    • Complete our Transcript Request wizard to send your transcript to universities where you’re applying

 

Exam Proctoring

To ensure academic integrity, our Final Exam is proctored with a 3rd-party company.  They need to monitor you to make sure there’s no cheating. It’s standard practice for all online testing at the college-level. We’ve negotiated the fee on your behalf, and they will only charge you a small fee of $9.  Before you take your Final Exam, you’ll be directed to familiarize yourself with the proctoring process through a series of short videos and How-To guides. You can also take a free practice test (not graded) to make sure you understand how it works.

Documentation Of Credit Recommendations

On the NCCRS website, you can view our organization page along with the specific details and credit recommendations for each of our courses by clicking here.  We’re continually working to add more courses in addition to the current courses being offered.

About The NCCRS

Since 1973, NCCRS (National College Credit Recommendation Service) has been evaluating training and education programs offered outside of the traditional college classroom setting and translating them into college credit equivalencies.  The organization coordinates teams of college faculty evaluators and subject matter experts to conduct extensive reviews of education and training programs offered by corporations, unions, religious organizations and proprietary schools. NCCRS strives to help working adults and other students earn credit for learning acquired outside of the college classroom.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is OnlineDegree.com Really Free?

    Yep! It’s free to take as many courses as you want. Our goal is to make college more affordable and approachable for the millions of people that want to go to school. We’ve made sure it’s accessible to everyone regardless of their financial situation. Enroll in as many as you’d like.

  • Is OnlineDegree.com a University?

    Nope! OnlineDegree.com doesn’t offer degrees like a university. We help people get started with their education by offering free college-level courses and potentially obtaining units towards their degree at a university. You can take courses on our site without the lengthy enrollment, applications or interviews that are required at universities.  It’s simple and takes less than 60 seconds to get started.  You’ll learn about a variety of cutting edge topics and courses, be better prepared to enroll at a university, and can potentially obtain units towards your degree (saving a ton of time and money!).

  • Are There Any 3rd-Party Fees?

    It’s completely free to take all of the courses, the textbooks, and generate a transcript. However, when you take a final exam, a 3rd-party online proctoring service, RPNow, needs to monitor you to make sure there’s no cheating. It’s standard practice for all online testing at the college-level. We’ve negotiated the fee on your behalf, and they will only charge you a small fee of $9. OnlineDegree.com though doesnt charge you anything for taking as many courses as you’d like…no fees or tuition, ever, period.

  • What If I’m Not Interested in Potentially Receiving Credits?

    No problem! Our courses at OnlineDegree.com are free for everyone solely for educational and self-betterment purposes. If you’d like to take the course to just learn more about the respective subject or topic, that’s great! You can take as many as you’d like.

  • How Could I Obtain Enough Credits to Satisfy My Freshman Year?

    At OnlineDegree.com, we work with a number of participating accredited universities who’ve agreed to recognize our courses for credit.   To give you an example, with Ashworth College, you can complete the equivalent of your freshman year by completing these 10 courses when you enroll towards their Bachelor’s degree in General Studies (see the specific course mapping here).  Referencing the same provided course mapping, it’s also possible to complete the equivalent of your freshman year with their Associate’s Degree in General Studies.  Our courses have also earned a recommendation for credit from the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) who’s recommendations are considered by over 1400 universities and colleges in the United States. Our 15 courses have earned a total of 44 college credit recommendations based on the NCCRS evaluation (see here).  When you enroll at a university, a freshman year of college usually requires 24-30 completed units.  When you contact a cooperating NCCRS university, you should inquire about potentially receiving credit, and which combination of our 15 courses could satisfy the most credits based on your major.  Remember that every school has different requirements and guidelines, and no one can guarantee accepting credits other than the university itself.   Many schools limit the amount of units that can be awarded when you transfer in.  Given the major or degree you choose, you could receive a considerable amount of credits, but maybe not the entire equivalent of your freshman year.  See our recommended to-do list in the Full Transfer Guide to take prudent steps in ensuring you can obtain college credit at the university you plan on attending.

  • What if I’m Currently in High School and Haven’t Finished My Diploma/GED?

    OnlineDegree.com is only available to adults age 18 and over who’ve completed their high school diploma or GED equivalent.  Our courses are designed to be college-level, and universities will require you to have completed your diploma or GED equivalent before you can enroll to their schools.  It’s fantastic that you’re thinking about college, and we’ll be here when you’re finished with high school.

  • If I Just Complete One or Two Courses, Could I Still Obtain Credit?

    Yes! Each course has it’s own credit recommendation value. You don’t have to take all of them, just the ones you’d like.

  • Do the 1400+ Schools Through the NCCRS Guarantee Credit?

    No, they don’t guarantee that participating universities and colleges will accept the courses for credit. The option to grant credit always belongs to the college or university and will further depend on whether a course fits into your degree program. However, we work with a number of participating accredited universities who’ve agreed to recognize our courses for credit, and participate with the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) where our courses have earned a recommendation for credit with over 1400 universities and colleges cooperating in their network nationwide. These colleges and universities who do participate have indicated their willingness to consider the NCCRS credit recommendations when you complete the courses. To learn more about how you could earn college credit, read our full guide here.

  • Can I See the Documentation for Credit Recommendations?

    Absolutely. You can click here to see our organization page on the NCCRS website along with the specific details and recommended credit for each of our courses.

  • Can I Use the Site if I’m Under 13?

    No. It’s awesome that you’re already thinking about college, but unfortunately, OnlineDegree.com is only for adults age 18 and up. We’ll be here though when you’re old enough!

  • Does OnlineDegree.com “grant credit”?

    Remember that OnlineDegree.com is not a university and does not and cannot “grant credit” – the option to grant credit always belongs to the college or university and will further depend on whether a course fits into your degree program. Our goal at OnlineDegree.com is to help you receive credit at a university by taking our free college-level courses. We want to save students time and money to get their degree. To do that, we work with a number of participating accredited universities who’ve agreed to recognize our courses directly, and our courses have also earned a recommendation for credit from the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) who’s recommendations are considered by over 1400 universities and colleges nationwide in their network.

  • Does This Guarantee Ill Be Accepted at an Eventual University?

    No, no one can guarantee your acceptance other than the actual university where you’re applying. They always have the final decision. Each university has different guidelines and requirements on how they admit students into their school. This can include GPA, SAT/ACT scores, extracurricular activities you’ve participated in, etc. At many universities, transfer students have higher rates of acceptance vs freshman enrolling out of high school. That means earning units at a community college or through OnlineDegree.com can potentially increase your odds of getting into the school you want. Ask the eventual university where you’re applying to find out what things they take into consideration.

  • What Does it Mean to Successfully Complete a Course?

    You must earn a passing grade of at least 70% (C-) to complete the course. We calculate your final grade by combining your attendance (going through each lesson and topic), your grade from each quiz, and your final test.

  • What if I’m Already Enrolled at a University?

    You should first contact your university and see what their policy is for obtaining credits while you’re enrolled.   If so, direct them to the NCCRS website to inquire if they’ll accept the course(s) you’d like to take towards your current major.

  • What is a “Transcript”?

    A transcript is an official document that states what courses you’ve successfully completed. This document is utilized by universities and colleges as detail and proof of what courses you’ve completed, and where you completed them. When you’re finished taking courses at OnlineDegree.com, you can easily request your official transcript when you’re logged in to your account. In addition to our free transcript option, we do recommend that you pay a one-time fee of $40 with our partner Excelsior College so they will produce your transcript on their official letterhead. Through our partnership with them and the NCCRS, this is a great option since many universities you’re applying to may insist the transcript comes from another university. This is optional, but well worth the money!

  • When I Complete Courses at OnlineDegree.com, Can They Transfer to Any University in the Country?

    No, our courses have earned a recommendation for credit from NCCRS (the National College Credit Recommendation Service) whose recommendations are considered by over 1400 accredited colleges and universities in the United States. You can see the full list of participating colleges from the NCCRS, but includes schools in the California State University system, SUNY, Ohio State, Texas A&M, and many many more…over 1400 in total. We’ve also organized direct relationships with universities around the country like Ashworth College or Southern New Hampshire University that will accept our courses for college credit making your transfer more simple and easy. This provides our students with many options around the country, and we’re working tirelessly to add more universities all the time.

  • What If I’m Under 18 Years Old?

    It’s awesome that you’re already thinking about college, but unfortunately, OnlineDegree.com is only for adults age 18 and up who’ve completed high school or a GED equivalent. We’ll be here though when you’re old enough!

  • Are There Prerequisities or Things I Need To Learn Before Enrolling?

    No! All of our college-level courses are introductory and meant for beginners without backgrounds in the particular subjects. You don’t need to prepare, or take anything before.  As long as you have your GED/High School Diploma, you can just register, choose the courses you want, and begin learning.

  • Are There Schedules or Set Class Times for OnlineDegree.com Courses?

    Nope! No class schedules, and no fixed times. Our courses are available anytime, and completely self-paced. We understand how busy adults are, and we’ve created our system to accomodate anyone’s schedule. Our system always keeps track of your progress…grab a sandwich, go see a movie, etc. When you come back online, you’ll pick up right where you left off.

  • Could I Receive Credit Towards a Community College or Associate’s Degree?

    Yes! Our courses have earned a recommendation for credit from NCCRS (the National College Credit Recommendation Service) whose recommendations are considered by over 1400 accredited colleges and universities in the United States…many of which are community colleges that offer an Associates Degree, and many 4-year Universities that offer Associate Degrees. We’ve also organized direct relationships with universities like Ashworth College and Southern New Hampshire University that offer online Associate Degree programs and have agreed to accept our courses for college credit. This provides our students with many options around the country, and we’re working to add more universities all the time.

  • Is There a Limit to How Many Credits I Can Potentially Receive?

    According to the NCCRS, it varies depending on your eventual university. For example, some colleges and universities do not have official policies limiting the number of credits which can be received through transfer. Many colleges do report a maximum amount, and is usually 15 to 30 credits for a four-year degree program (30 units is usually equivalent to the freshman year) Institutions may also limit the amount of credit granted toward any given subject area or degree. We suggest you review your university’s policy beforehand to plan your optimal path for earning the maximum amount of credit.

  • Do I Need to Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident to Enroll?

    Yes. Currently, OnlineDegree.com is only available to U.S. citizens (living in or outside of the U.S.), or international students living within the United States as a permanent resident.

    We’re working on expanding that, and we’ll update the site soon when things have changed.

  • How Long Does it Take to Enroll?

    Less than a minute. No essays, no entrance exams, no interviews, and no tracking down high school transcripts from 20 years ago. Just register and start taking courses. It’s that easy.

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