The number one question we get from students who are interested in joining our DIY Degree Program goes like this…
“It’s great that Jay earned his degree by testing out, but does it actually work for people like me?”
Today, meet Vincent Lu: a 26 year old Canadian student who earned a computer science degree in two years for under $6,000 through our program.
Here’s what he did.
First, Vince accepted a brutally honest truth: his educational future was completely up to him.
A fast route through college was not something Vince was owed, something that would fall out of the sky, or something that wishful thinking would miraculously deliver.
Second, he knew that if he was serious about graduating faster, he needed to find a specific and strategic plan for turning that vision into reality…
…and then hustle his butt off to carry that plan out.
This is the difference between people who fantasize about accelerating their degree, talk about accelerating their degree, read about accelerating their degree…but never put one foot in front of the other to get it done.
Vince took a different approach. I’m excited to share it with you below.
“I knew traditional brick-and-mortar school wasn’t for me.”
Vince never felt comfortable in a traditional college setting. As a creative and analytical thinker, he found his university to be annoyingly rigid — always letting “school policy” stand in the way of fast, efficient learning.
“Their class schedules became so inconvenient that I couldn’t fit them into my life”, Vince recalls.
In 2011, the university kicked him out — cancelling Vince’s enrollment with no heads up or opportunity to challenge the decision.
“I felt so jaded about it”, Vince says. “I wasn’t some kind of slacker. I was ready and willing to study, but the school wouldn’t budge for me at all!”
At this point, Vince found himself in a frustrating position: wanting to earn a degree, but literally abandoned by the university he trusted to help him advance.
A few months later, while searching for a new college path, he stumbled upon DIY Degree.
“DIY Degree sounded exciting, but I wasn’t sure if I could do it.”
“The concept of earning a degree from self-study sounded incredible”, Vince explains. “You search around and see the same old college stuff, but nobody had ever told me about this before.”
Right away, DIY Degree stood out from all of the scams, diploma mills and shady programs promising a faster path to graduation.
“This wasn’t some pie-in-the-sky fantasy. Jay spoke convincingly about testing out of college, with factual evidence and his own degree to back it up.”
Still, he remembers feeling uncertain about the whole idea.
“It was such a unique strategy that I had to step back and wonder if I was really cut out for this.”
What if it was too hard?
What if I couldn’t follow through?
Don’t you need a professor to learn college material?
After going back and forth, Vince thought back to a quote that inspired him.
“There’s no right time for a life-changing decision. Successful people start before they’re ready.”
With traditional college no longer a viable option, Vince decided to join The DIY Degree Program.
“It might not work”, Vince told himself, “but there’s a good chance that it will, and if I can get hands-on help from someone who did it, why not try?”
As soon as Vince learned about DIY Degree’s moneyback guarantee, his mind was made up.
“Teaching myself was challenging, but surprisingly doable.”
DIY Degree is all about teaching subjects to yourself and earning credit for your independent study instead of taking coursework.
Vince found this process to be challenging, but doable.
“The first half of my computer science degree was purely by examination”, Vince says. “All of the general education subjects like English 101, Intro to Psychology, Statistics and so on. Each test had a topic outline that told me what to study and what to ignore, and thanks to Jay’s program, I knew exactly which tests would get me the credits I needed.”
Vince’s total cost for earning those first 60 credits via testing? Roughly $3,000.
“Having a proven roadmap meant everything to me.”
Looking back, Vince cannot imagine accomplishing such an ambitious goal without DIY Degree. “Once you have the roadmap, it’s just a matter of working hard and getting the results, like going to the gym”, Vince says. “But if I didn’t know the right tests, the right sequence and the right study approach, it would’ve been like hacking through trees in the forest.”
The second half of Vince’s degree required a different approach earning self-taught credit.
Computer science subjects like Object-Oriented Programming don’t have ready-made tests for students to pass. Instead, you need to study independently, build a portfolio of work from home, and submit it to your school for evaluation.
This technique is known as “Portfolio Learning Assessment.” Vince was a huge fan of the process.
“Not only was earning credit via PLA faster than taking a class”, Vince explains, “but I also felt that I was forced to learn the subject matter at a much deeper level, because my portfolio needed to prove that I knew these subjects just as comprehensively as a student in the classroom would.”
Instead of passing an exam on Artificial Intelligence (one of several computer science subjects Vince built a portfolio for) he actually needed to write some AI code — based on his studying of the subject — and explain how it worked in his portfolio.
The key, Vince says, is knowing HOW to construct a portfolio for credit. “Just like testing out, a student who went into the portfolio process aimlessly could really get lost”, Vince admits. “DIY Degree is such an asset because it spells out all of the step-by-steps for turning your independent study into the RIGHT credits for YOUR degree.”
All told, Vince used a strategic combination of testing out and portfolios to graduate in two years for under $6,000 in tuition.
“A set of professional and personal skills that you won’t get in brick-and-mortar universities.”
Vince joined DIY Degree to get through college quickly without breaking the bank.
Yet, during the process of earning his degree, he was continually amazed at what else he got out of the experience.
“A DIY Degree approach to college gives you a set of professional and personal skills you won’t get in brick and mortar universities”, Vince says. “Teaching yourself, passing challenging tests, setting your own pace, all of this prepares you for a life of taking charge instead of following the same old path as everybody else. When I tell people how I earned my degree, they aren’t just intrigued, they’re blown away.”
Would Vince recommend other students go the DIY Degree route?
“Absolutely. My only regret is not finding out about all of this sooner.”
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