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Amid other astounding proposals, President Obama recently proposed universal two-year college educations for Americans.  This likely would mean an associates degree from a local community or technical college.  It will also likely be as free as your health insurance.

The good news is you do not have to wait on Washington.  A free college education is now available from one of the finest Universities in the world, and it’s not limited to a two year term.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has made virtually every course available to the public – at no cost.  It’s called Open Course Ware – check it out now.  The only requirements are that you have a computer, be able to read, and know basic math skills.  That means it is open to just about everyone.  Note – I’ve heard some sensitive nuclear engineering classes are redacted.

Here are some of the department offerings available:


Here are some classes in the political science department:


Everything is there, including graduate level classes.

When you open a class you get:


Notes, lectures, tests are all there.  For a full experience you would probably need to purchase textbooks and other materials.  The drawback is that even if you complete a full course load, you will not receive a degree.  However, you will get the benefit of free information.  It’s like auditing classes, but for free.

Take a look around and see if you find classes of interest.  Yours truly may explore a few subjects.  You do the same – have fun and learn something new!