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You could finish up to your freshman year of college by taking free courses at OnlineDegree.com, potentially saving you thousands of dollars on tuition.

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Does College Fit Your Busy Schedule or Finances?

That’s why we created OnlineDegree.com. University and college education can still be too expensive and unapproachable for the majority of Americans.

Normal distractions of work, bills, home life, children, etc. often prevent someone from being able to dedicate the appropriate time and money to a traditional 4-year degree program.

Which is a huge problem, since studies have shown going to school and getting a bachelors degree could on average increase your salary by 74 percent compared to a high school diploma 1.

OnlineDegree.com Makes it Possible

Whether you're looking to become a photographer, fashion buyer, or computer programmer, or just looking for a better career that will make you happy and fulfilled, we are helping people throughout the country achieve their dreams by going back to school and getting the skills they need…No Tuition, No Applications, and No Interviews. You can start learning today and potentially save thousands of dollars.

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OnlineDegree.com has worked so participating Universities around the country will consider the courses for credit, potentially finishing up to your entire freshman year of college. Tuition-Free.

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How Can I Obtain Credits Towards My Degree?

Our courses have earned a recommendation for credit from outside agencies like the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) whose recommendations are considered by over 1400 accredited colleges and universities in the United States.

In addition, we work together with many participating universities who directly accept our courses for college credit:


Ashworth College is a 30 year-old nationally accredited institution that provides flexible, affordable and highly-relevant online career-focused education opportunities. Currently, Ashworth offers more than 125 programs spanning online career certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree programs. Offerings are in high-demand fields including healthcare, business, creative services, education and trades.


Southern New Hampshire University is a nonprofit, regionally accredited university with an 80-year history of providing high quality education to students online and on campus. Our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH is home to over 3,000 students. We also offer affordable, accessible degree programs to over 90,000 students online.


Colorado State University-Global is already a known leader in accessibility, becoming the first independent, fully accredited, 100% online state university in the U.S. in 2007. With over 28 degrees and accelerated programs, the academic offerings have been designed specifically for working adults.


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.


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.


Florida National University is a regionally accredited university awarding associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees. There are over 3700 enrolled students across their 3 campus locations and online programs. FNU offers three Master Degrees, ten Baccalaureate Degree Programs, twenty-five Associate Degree programs, nine Diploma Programs, and eight Certificate Programs.


In addition to the above, we’re working to include more participating universities every day! To see how the whole process works and the best steps to receiving units, see our Full Transfer Guide or more FAQs below.

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When you successfully complete courses at OnlineDegree.com, you could obtain units towards your degree at Universities around the country

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Anjie's Story

Anjie recently became a new mom, and is currently serving in the military. She is seeking a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, but is limited on time and doesn't want to assume a ton of student debt to get there. Anjie enrolled at OnlineDegree.com to take free courses at her own pace that could earn college credits toward her eventual degree.

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What Happens When I Complete The Courses?

The more courses you complete, the more units you can potentially receive. Whether you want to take just one course or multiple courses, there are a multitude of options to potentially obtain free college credit nationwide. Get started by creating your free account. Once you pass a course, you’ll then be able to produce a certified transcript. Our courses are accepted directly at participating universities, and are recommended for credit at over 1400 universities nationwide. Read our Full Transfer Guide

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Get The Skills And Training You Need

Jobs are becoming more and more competitive. Technology is changing our world rapidly, and jobs will be required to keep up with that change. Going back to school for a Bachelors or Masters degree can help improve your chances to get your dream career.

Bachelors Degree Vs High School Diploma


  • Earn almost $1 million more over median lifetime
  • 74% Higher Median Salary
  • 58% Lower Unemployment
National Center for Education Statistics, Employment and Unemployment Rates by Educational Attainment April 2017 Read More →
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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!).

  • Sounds Too Good To Be True, How Can OnlineDegree.com Be Free?

    We love hearing that 🙂 ! Our mission is to make college more affordable and accessible for the millions of adults who want a better life. Tuition is a huge barrier for many people, and often prevents someone from taking that first step towards a degree. We’ve worked tirelessly to keep all of our courses and accompanying books free to students. That commitment has resulted in removing those common hurdles, and helping our students potentially save thousands of dollars towards their eventual degree. We are boldly exploring other means of keeping the lights on outside of the traditional tuition model, and OnlineDegree.com will always be 100% tuition-free to our students. Period.

  • 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.

  • Do I Have to Pay for Textbooks?

    Nope! At OnlineDegree.com we firmly believe in the Open Educational Resourse (OER) movement that strives to provide free collaborative and peer-reviewed textbooks to alleviate student costs. All of our reading material to accompany each course has purposely been chosen to be OER. It is thus free and there is no cost to the student in it’s digital format.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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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