Zero Tuition College started as a blog. Then it became a community. Now it's a book: Better Than College: How to Build a Successful Life Without a Four-Year Degree, written by ZTC founder Blake Boles.
Do you need college in order to be taken seriously and earn a real living?
Conventional wisdom says yes. But true success relies upon self-knowledge and entrepreneurship: two qualities that you can obtain effectively and inexpensively without traditional college.
Better Than College provides the step-by-step guidance and inspiration necessary to design your own higher education. This book teaches you how to find community, stay on track, and get hired or start your own venture, all without a four-year degree. Curious college students will learn to think clearly about their motivations, plan a gap year, or navigate life after school. And Better Than College will show parents how self-directed learning can lead to a lifetime of achievement--no expensive institution required.
Before you spend four years in college, devote four hours to hearing what Blake has to say.
--Seth Godin, author of Stop Stealing Dreams
A brilliant and important proposal. The unquestioned college path deserves to be challenged, and this is the right book to do it.
--Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby, sivers.org
Blake Boles has scouted out information and ideas useful to more than just young adults. There is joy and hope in new directions, and Blake is an inspirational guide.
--Sandra Dodd, author of The Big Book of Unschooling
Better Than College is a clarion call for independent thinkers and self-directed young people to take control of their learning. Bypassing college may not be the right move for everyone, but reading this book will help anyone think anew about education and the future.
--Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive
Blake convincingly argues that not everyone benefits from a traditional college education, and he presents a highly researched guide for pursuing self-directed education. This is a practical manual for motivated students on how to take your education into your own hands and thrive in the new world of work.
--Ben Casnocha, coauthor of The Start-Up of You
The possibilities for success without college are rich and glorious--and potentially so confusing in their vastness as to be crippling. Blake Boles offers a clear and compelling roadmap: grounded in real-life examples and insightful analysis, lofted by a wide and exuberant sense of what life can become.
--Grace Llewellyn, author of The Teenage Liberation Handbook