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What types of college classes can you take for free?

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Free online college courses include former classes from accredited campuses such as Adolescent Health and Development from John Hopkins University, career-advancement lessons from open education resources such as 21 Days to Building a Web Business from Alison, and for-credit courses from leading universities such as Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe from Arizona State University. Thousands of free classes are available online in various subject areas. These courses are often taken to increase employment opportunities or for personal enrichment.

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Students may enroll in real-time classes from well-known institutions such as Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology through EdX. Many courses, such as Introduction to C++ and Climate Change: The Science, provide verified certificates for a fee, and some may qualify for college credit.

The Open College at Kaplan University offers a selection of free courses on topics such as Preparing for a Career in Public Safety, Introduction to Management and College Composition. Students may request an assessment to qualify for credit at Kaplan for certain classes, but applicants must pay a fee to receive the assessment.

Coursera and the Open Education Database both offer extensive catalogs of free college classes available across the Web. Students may search courses by institution, or they may browse classes in subjects such as life sciences, personal development and social sciences at Coursera. The Open Education Database catalog allows visitors to search by topic or course name, or to browse courses by subjects such as business, engineering and science.

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