Credits Before College

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Cheri Frame is an Educational Consultant helping college-bound students and their families realize their options to earn college credit while in high school, making college more affordable. Cheri specializes in understanding credit-by-exam programs through CLEP® and DSST®. At workshops presented through local co-ops and conferences, Cheri speaks on:

  • implementing cost-effective and time-efficient options in students’ high school course of study
  • creating a 4-year plan
  • earning college credits through CLEP® and DSST® 
  • maximizing opportunities available through the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum as part of Minnesota’s PSEO program.

Cheri also provides affordable one-on-one consulting services and shares a wealth of information and resources on her website

Online Contact Form:
Email: Cheri(at)CreditsBeforeCollege [dot] com (Cheri @

Workshops: Credits Before College

You choose the site and send an invitation e-mail to your friends, co-op members and others in your area — whether homeschooled, private or public schooled.

When contemplating college, most of us hope for the best: scholarships and financial aid to help offset the soaring cost of higher education; yet try to prepare for the worst: how to repay huge student loans. But there is another way! This Workshop presents ideas and options that don’t receive a lot of attention. Cheri will help you connect the dots in a different way to achieve the same results: a Regionally Accredited College Degree, but at an affordable price. If you are concerned with how to afford college or are simply looking for alternatives, you’ll be glad you attended.  

This 2-1/2 hour workshop offers solutions to the high cost of college:  

  • Comprehensive Resource Packet 
  • Thinking outside-of-the-box! Options that open up Opportunities 
  • Credit-by-Exam — What is it and how you can earn credits for a fraction of the cost 
  • Free Resources 
  • Effective Study Tips 
  • How to combine earning college credits with your Middle/High school courses – without changing the way you currently teach 
  • Transfer Packages — How they work and what you need to know to make them work for you 
  • College Degree in less than 4 years. . . now what? Gap Year Options 
  • Choosing a career path that fits your student 
  • Regional Accreditation — Why does it matter? 
  • Setting your own pace — Earn a year of credits before 11th grade, or simply save hundreds of dollars by passing just one exam 
  • Where do I begin? 
  • Important options to include in Middle School so your student is prepared for high school

This workshop is not a plan for acquiring an online degree (unless you choose to go that route). This is not about pushing your high school student beyond his or her capabilities. This is not a sales pitch for expensive books or services that you will need to implement this plan. Nor is this another savings plan you should have invested in ten years ago.

This workshop is a simple strategy that can be customized for every family using the options that work for you. This is a plan to leave college and enter life without a paralyzing burden of debt. This is a student-driven way for your student to acquire a recognized and accredited college degree. You will leave this workshop with a game plan for your student’s high school years. 

Cost per Family: local area workshops generally have an early registration fee of $40 with a $10 late registration fee. 
Organizer attends at no cost! Each registered family receives a comprehensive Resource Packet. 

Minimum Class Size: A minimum of 14 registrations is suggested if held within 40 miles of Ramsey, MN and 18 if located elsewhere.
Maximum Class Size: unknown 

Target Audience: designed for parents with students in grades 6–12. Spouses and teens are invited (and encourage!) to attend at no extra charge.

More information on hosting a workshop can be found online at


If a full workshop doesn't work, consider one of these topic-specific 45-60 minute presentations: 

What’s Your Exit Strategy?
Earning a degree is not just about entering or attending college, it’s about finishing. Half of all entering freshman don’t complete their degrees and two-thirds of graduates accumulate student loan debt that averages repayment of $300 per month for 10 years. This workshop will break down the components to earning a degree, offer alternative affordable credit-earning options and cost-saving techniques, and discuss strategies for completing your degree in 4 years or less.  Create an exit strategy and enjoy the opportunities earning a debt-free degree can bring.

Earning College Credits in High School with CLEP  
Learn how to earn college credit with two popular credit-by-exam options: CLEP and DSST. Not only will you save time by earning credit for studies you’re likely completing in high school, but you may save thousands of dollars. This workshop will explain these programs in detail and give you the tools and resources to begin earning credits immediately.

College Prep  
Learn the steps you can take between 7th and 10th grade to help your student succeed, not just in college, but in life. This workshop give parents a timeline of have-to’s as well as ideas that will have their students prepared no matter which direction they choose.

Defining Your Direction  
Choosing a major and ultimately a career path is a difficult and sometimes overwhelming decision. Instead of leaving it to chance, be intentional. This workshop provides 7 strategies to help your student define their future. Save time and money by entering college with a plan.

Marketable, Not Just Employable  
Capture an employer’s attention. Employers are looking for more than a 4-year degree, so don’t wait and just hope to be picked. Understand what will set you apart from the pack and have your choice of careers. This workshop will discuss the Top 10 ~ a list of skills and projects for your middle / high school student complete that will make him stand out to selection committees and employers.

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Information subject to change. Please check with Credits Before College for the most current information. Last updated on Wed, Sep 2, 2015.