Have you heard about juniors and seniors earning college credit while still in high school? Or are you thinking, Is College Worth It?"

Both of these questions are addressed on this page.

IF you have a student that is ready for college but

  • doesn't do well in a classroom;

  • the parent(s) don't have the estimated $35,000 for college tuition;

  • or the student wants to go to college but finds taking classes would be boring because of his high IQ,

THEN you need to check out College Plus.

College Plus

College Plus has a program for students to get college credit while attending high school.  They also have a program where the student can earn a college degree by:

  • taking the CLEP exam (College Level Exam Program) and other exams

  • by taking on-line courses

  • and/or taking a combination of on-line courses and on-site courses at accredited local colleges.

The College Level Exam Program and 24 other such exam programs allow students to "test out of a class" and still earn credit for that class.  The average cost is $72 for a 3, 6 or 12 hour class, depending on the course.

This is an exceptional program for the struggling student and especially for the learning disabled student because, included in the cost of the tuition, the student is assigned a COACH to help him get the most out of his college experience.

At College Plus The Coach stays in touch for about an hour every 2 weeks.  The Coach's responsibilities are:

  • to assist the student in implementing a plan of action;

  • to help set attainable goals for the student to work on for the next 2 week interval;

  • to be an encourager for the student;

  • and to see that the student has a life purpose grounded in the Word of God.

The approximate cost of this 4 year program is about $15,000! This is what one year at a private university would cost.  This is undoubtedly one of the BEST VALUES around!

For further investigation, you may want to check out the comments made about College Plus on The Pioneer Woman website.


This question may also be weighing on your mind as it is a very expensive endeavor for any family.  Below is a video by the Family Research Council which addresses this question.

David Wilezol speaks about his new book, Is College Worth It?. which he co-authored with Bill Bennett.  The following is a summary of what he speaks about in this video.

College can be worth it for SOME people.  It depends on:

  • whether the person has academic ability.
  • what the major will be.
  • how much debt a person is willing to incur.
  • what school the person will attend.

There is a 75% chance that a student at the bottom 40% of his senior class WILL NOT graduate from college within 8 years. Only 50% of those that go to college graduate.

Science, technology, engineering and medicine are the fields that are in demand.  1 in 10 jobs require a sub-bachelor degree (2 year degree).  These jobs are paying $53,000/yr. 15% of Google employees DO NOT have a college degree. They were self taught.

By 2018, there will be 3 million skilled labor jobs needed. Those jobs include electricians, plumbers, mechanics, to name a few.  

Many companies will be looking for a certificate that states you have a particular skill instead of looking at a diploma from a college.  This opens up many more choices for our students who might not be college material BUT who are career candidates.

On-line courses that give certificates and take 1/4 of the time as a traditional brick and mortar school are becoming quite popular.  Vocational and technical schools are another great alternative to expensive colleges that don't guarantee a job at the end of the 4-6 years spent getting ready for the "dream job."

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