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Zero Credit = Zero $

August 21st, 2016 at 07:31 am

My daughter is in marching band at her university. She has to enroll in this as a class. Last year she took it for credit. This year there is really no point in taking it for credit as only one time with marching band can count towards her degree. So we are saving over $700 since she is taking it for zero credit. Yes, it could count as an elective, if she did pay for it and take it for credit. And that $700 is for one credit hour at the non resident rate. She has a scholarship that covers about 10 hours at the non resident rate. We pay out of pocket for the amount over that currently.

My daughter is enrolled for 13 credits now that she changed marching band to zero credit. She thinks there is one other class that she may be able to switch to zero credit as well. She will get that all firmed up on Monday.

6 Responses to “Zero Credit = Zero $”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Are you saying she is able to take classes free if she does not get credits for them? Or, is there is a $700 discount if taken for no credit?

  2. Jenn Says:

    That sounds like a really smart choice for a university that charges per credit.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:


  4. rob62521 Says:

    Wow, great choice.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    @Joan, yes free. Zero credit, no charge. If she were to take it for credit marching band would be one credit hour, which at the non resident rate is $709.25. These zero credit classes are actually ensembles, like marching band and concert band. Marching band is more an activity than a class. She is required to enroll in a 'class' titled recital attendance for zero credit. She must then attend about 10 recitals per semester, with no charge to get in. There are no other assignments other than attendance. I'm glad we don't have to pay tuition for something like that, although I understand why it is required.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    It sounds like she is auditing the class - at least that was what it was called at the colleges I attended. Smile

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