Skip College, and Learn Programming the Cheaper Way

There was a time when going to college is regarded as the ultimate pathway for a better future. It still is in many aspects, however things have changed and there’s other options that you can take without breaking a bank.

Especially if you’re thinking about programming or learning how to code. There’s literally a ton of online classes, self-guide books and “boot camps” that you can benefit from. You don’t need to spend years of studying and paying ten folds of tuition fees, if you can learn the very same thing with other methods that are cheaper. These are some of the ways you can learn coding the cheaper way or absolutely free.


Codecademy is one of the best online institutions that offer free coding education. More than 24 million people have benefited from Codecademy’s online classes. The interactive lessons are easy to understand and you can choose to learn on any courses such as HTML & CSS, Javascript, Python, Ruby and jQuery to name a few. You can opt for Pro membership that will give you more assistance in learning and one-on-one coaching session from an expert.

Free Code Camp

This is the place where you can learn programming the fun way. The courses on Free Code Camp are, like its name — free. It’s highly interactive learning platform and you get to join a community of professionals and students in learning programming. You get a certificate of completion in the end, and you can also help nonprofits with their website and online solutions need as a part of your courses practicum. Free code Camp is connected with Github and the community is active nearly on 24/7 to discuss and communicate all things coding.

Khan Academy

It’s a non-profit organization created in 2006 with an aim to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. It’s one of the earliest free online coding resources, and you get to learn programming through step-by-step video tutorials. They are designed to be easy to understand and perfect for novice programmers or anyone who want to learn programming. You can learn anything from program drawings, animations to how to create web pages.

MIT opencourseware

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the most respected universities in the world for technology. You can learn courses such as Introduction to Programming in Java or Practical Programming in C from world-class instructors for free. If you’ve one step ahead from basic coding skills, then MIT opencourseware is a good place to continue your programming journey. Classes are flexible and you can do it at your own pace.

General Assembly

It’s a well-known education company that do boot camps, trainings and workshops about all things coding. The courses are intensive and packed with strategic learning programs that are designed to make a programmer out of you in the shortest amount of time. General Assembly’s programs can be learned online and in person across 15 campus in 4 continents. They also assist in employment opportunities once you graduated from the program, connecting aspiring programmers with its networks in the robust tech scene.

Institute of Code

Do you want to learn programming on a paradise island? This all inclusive boot camp will help you to learn fast and comfortably in Bali, Indonesia. You don’t need any prior experience in coding as the immersive program will guide you through every step of the way. Learn everything from web fundamentals to how to set up hosting & domains in building a responsive website. Some perks with this program are meals by a private chef, Yoga and surfing lessons, Balinese massage, and stay at a luxury pool villa. It’s a new way of learning!

With these options in hand, you might want to think carefully before you decide to enroll at a university. While these alternatives don’t provide the same level of learning and life experiences that you would get at a college, they definitely will help you get started in your career as an aspiring programmer.

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