Learn Web Development at 2% the Cost of a College Degree

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Published September 3, 2013 by Brad Knutson
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When I first started college, I had every intention of becoming an Actuary and holding a fancy corporate job wearing suits and working on the 42nd floor of some high rise in a major city. 4 years of college later and I only recently realized that I could have saved a lot of money and probably been a more accomplished programmer right now had I had the opportunity to use Treehouse.

Learn Web Design, Coding, & Much More! 100% Off Your First Month.

OK, I’m not going to sit here and lecture you on the problems with modern post-secondary education. There are plenty of articles out there already that talk about the average college tuition cost*:

Public two-year (in-state) Public four-year (in-state) Private four-year
Tuition & fees $3,131 $8,655 $29,056

Or the average debt college students end up with and unemployment rates**:

Two-thirds of college seniors who graduated in 2011 had student loan debt, with an average of $26,600 per borrower. Meanwhile, unemployment for young college graduates remained high at 8.8 percent in 2011.

I’m not trying to advise you against getting a college degree, as they absolutely are valuable. Many career paths will require a a college degree.

I’m here to tell you that I do not believe that a college degree is a requirement to be a successful web developer. Here is what colleges won’t teach you, but employers looking for web developers really want in candidates:

  • Proven experience.
  • Undeniable skills.
  • Affinity for problem solving.
  • Creativity.
  • Envelope pushers.
  • Innovation, inspiration and vision.

So if you can’t learn these skills in college, where can you?


Learn Coding & Web Design at Treehouse

From zero experience to job-ready

The extensive Treehouse library of step-by-step video courses and training exercises will give you a wide range of competitive, in-demand technology skills that will help you land your next dream job or build your startup idea. No experience? No problem!

Treehouse is an awesome way to learn tons of web development skills:


  • HTML
  • CSS
  • jQuery
  • JavaScript
  • Ruby
  • Ruby on Rails
  • WordPress
  • PHP
  • Business
  • iOS
  • Android

Treehouse also offers videos on starting your own business and getting a job in the tech industry.

The best part? Treehouse will cost you about 2% of what a year of tuition at a 4-year in-state university will cost you if you sign up for a year subscription. Want a shorter commitment? How does a month for just $25 sound? That is probably as much as you spend on snack at the gas station over the course of a month. Treehouse has two plans, Silver and Gold.

Silver Gold
Monthly Subscription $25 $49
Yearly Subscription $250 $490

Treehouse offers you a chance to learn skills that you won’t learn in college, to gain experience in the real world, get real feedback, and so much more. All of this, for a fraction of the cost of what you would pay for similar skills at college.

Treehouse has so much to offer, honestly the best thing to do is try it out. Treehouse can offer you 3 free months free to get you started. You will be amazed at what you can learn in 3 months. Just click the banner below and sign up!

3 Months Off Annual Subscription

What are you waiting for? Have you always wondered about what it would take to be a web developer? With 3 free months, what do you have to lose?


* http://money.cnn.com/2012/10/24/pf/college/public-college-tuition/index.html
** http://projectonstudentdebt.org/state_by_state-data.php

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Brad Knutson is a Web Developer in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. He has experience working with WordPress and Drupal, and also has an interest in SEO and Inbound Marketing.

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4 thoughts on “Learn Web Development at 2% the Cost of a College Degree

  1. John

    Great article on Treehouse. I’ve really been looking forward to trying them out. I don’t see the banner on the post though. Is there a direct link to the three month trial?


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