Online Courses for College Credit

We've collected the best online courses for college credit on the internet!

Looking for online college courses that you can take to earn college credit towards your degree? We've got you! In our course catalog you will find online college courses from 8 of the best college course providers out there. All the courses on offer from these providers are:

  1. Widely transferable: Which means you will be able to apply the credits you earn through these courses to your degree.
  2. Flexible / suitable for traveling: This means they are at a minimum asynchronous, requiring no live online class attendance. No Zoomversity here! Most are also entirely self-paced, so you can take them whenever suits your schedule.
  3. Affordable: All these providers offer college credit at a fraction of the cost of most universities. They range between $40 and $225 per credit.

Transfer & Travel Explained

Transferability

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When taking classes from alternative course providers, it's important that you check those classes will transfer, ie. count towards your degree at your home institution.

Classes in our catalog are categorized as either "Good Transfer" (grey symbol) or "Excellent Transfer" (green symbol).

Good Transfer = ACE Accredited

Classes that are categorized as "Good Transfer" are ACE accredited. If your home university accepts ACE credit then there's a great chance that these online classes will be accepted as college credit towards your degree requirements. ACE states that 1,700 institutions accept ACE credit, there's a list of those institutions here. Even if your university isn't listed there, they may still accept ACE credit. You should speak directly to an advisor at your university to confirm.

Excellent Transfer = Regionally Accredited

Classes categorized as "Excellent Transfer" are regionally accredited. Regional accreditation is the gold standard of accreditation. Classes that are regionally accredited are extremely likely to be accepted at every university that accepts transfer credit.

How to check the class will transfer

Guaranteeing that courses will transfer can be quite a complex and long-winded process, which requires you get pre-approval from your home university. However long that process takes in our opinion is totally worth it considering how much money you can save!

Each provider listed in our catalog has detailed guides and information that help you in transferring credits earnt through their classes, so we defer to them for specific advice. Outlier (one of the providers) created this excellent document detailing the steps to get their classes approved.

Suitability for Travel

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We've also categorized classes in our catalog by their suitability for traveling. Why? Because we at Edumadic are taking these classes while traveling around the world. If you're traveling, some classes can be harder than others to stay on track with. For example if you're traveling through Asia, attending a live online lecture in the US can be tricky due to time zone differences.

If you're combining your online college courses with world travel it's important that they're flexible. We've categorized classes in our catalog as either "Good for Travel" (grey world) or "Perfect for Travel" (green world).

Good for Travel = Some time-bound requirements

Classes that are only good for travel are still well suited to combining with world travel, but they do have some time sensitive requirements. Most in this category have fixed start and end dates, so you can't enroll whenever suits you, and you will have to complete assignments and meet deadlines at a pace set by the course provider.

Perfect for Travel = 100% asynchronous and self-paced

Courses in our catalog that are deemed perfect for travel are as flexible as online college courses can be. That means:

  • They're 100% asynchronous, requiring no live class time
  • You can enroll and start courses whenever suits you
  • There are no deadlines for assignments of any kind in the course.
  • There is either no time limit on completion, or a very long one, which can be extended if requested

Course Providers

Sophia

Good transferability, Perfect for traveling
Subscription
$79 per month. Maximum of two online college courses per month
Sophia provides low-cost, self-paced online courses for college credit in a fresh and fun learning environment. The platform is the most simple to use out of all those listed in our catalog. Almost all evaluation in sophia courses is via multiple choice quizzes.

Straighterline

Good transferability, Perfect for traveling
Hybrid
$99 per month subscription, then an additional $59 per online college course
Straighterline offers low cost online courses for college credit at the general education level. They have over 100 partner institutions that are guaranteed to accept the credit earned through their courses.

Study.com

Good transferability, Perfect for traveling
Subscription
$199 per month. Two online college credit courses per month limit
Study.com’s website boasts over 4,000 courses. Not all of their courses are available for college credit, but they have more than anyone else! They also have upper level courses which is extremely rare in the alternative college credit provider world.

Outlier

Excellent transferability, Good for Traveling
Pay per Class
$400 per 3 credit online course
Outlier (from the makers of MasterClass) has developed high-quality, online courses for college credit. Their courses a beautiful designed and delivered, easily the most captivating online courses available!

ASU Universal Learner

Excellent Transferability, Good for traveling
Pay per Class
$425 per 3 credit online course
ASU Universal Learner Courses are a selection of first-year college courses offered online at ASU and open to everyone. Through Universal Learner Courses, you can test the college waters, earn college credit for a fraction of the cost and pay only if you pass.

TEL Learning

Excellent transferability, Perfect for traveling
Pay per Class
$200 per 3 credit online course
TEL has created a catalog of highly engineered, online, general education courses. They partner with colleges and universities to offer these online courses for college credit at affordable prices. They are by far the cheapest provider of online courses for college credit with excellent transferability.

Pearson Accelerated Pathways

Excellent transferability, perfect for traveling
Pay per Class
$675 per 3 credit online course
Pearson Accelerated Pathways is a non-traditional, online college experience that gives you the freedom to earn your bachelor's degree your way. They have online courses for college credit available for purchase individually, and also have a subscription service which includes a Degree Plan setting students on the path to earn a degree at a fraction of the cost of the traditional route.

Westcott Courses

Excellent Transferability, Perfect for Traveling
Pay per Class
$499 - $599 per 3 credit online course
Westcott Courses offers transferable online college credit courses from a regionally accredited university. These courses provide academic semester credits, which enables the courses to transfer to colleges and universities around the world, and go towards graduation. Your transcript will come directly from the university's records office, and have the same format as those of regular on campus students'. We offer courses in math, english, science and psychology.

Online Courses for College Credit

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