Free Online College Courses

Few schools offer free online college courses. That doesn't mean that they don't exist, though. Most schools that claim to have free online college courses really mean that the cost of attendance can either be waived in some instances or (more likely) that students have access to financial aid that will pay for the online courses so that students don't have to.

Funding for Free Online College Courses

Scholarships, grants, and loans can all be awarded to students to make free online college courses a reality. Every school has different eligibility requirements for financial aid and the federal government also awards lots of financial aid to eligible students every year. Start by filling out the FAFSA form as early as possible. Students can usually send in FAFSAs starting in January. This is how you get money from the federal government.

There are other sources of funding besides the federal government. Each school itself often has money to give so that students can enroll in virtually free online college courses. Awards can be determined based on academics, leadership, test scores, or ethnicity, for example. Check with your school for application deadline dates.

After you've found the money to enroll in online classes, the fun really starts. There are many different areas of interest to study and students often find the hardest part is deciding what they want to study. There are education, business, science, criminal justice, and humanities courses online for interested students. Almost anything that can be studied at a traditional college can be found in online format for non-traditional students.