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The Wright Education Station- lessons in finance
 How would you like to learn more about personal finance issues and economics at the college level from the comfort of your home? And wouldn’t it be nice if you could do it for free? Thanks to the power of the internet and the growing popularity of courses being offered online for free, this has become a reality.

Here you’ll find a wide array of finance courses you can take for free right on your own computer. Some courses are offered by the likes of Yale and MIT, and others are slightly less formal courses meant to provide a more basic and conceptual overview of financial topics. While there may be even more free courses out there, these cover some of the core concepts that can be used by most people. This means there are a number of courses that talk about personal finance basics, introductory economics, and some tax planning issues.


21 Free Online Financial Courses

1. Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning at UC Irvine

The course was created to help those who cannot afford extensive planning assistance better understand how to define and reach their financial goals. It provides basic understanding so informed decisions can be made. The course can also be seen as a reference for individual topics that are part of personal financial planning. This is a great introductory course to help anyone gain a better understanding of personal finance.

2. Financial Markets ECON 252 at Yale University

The course strives to offer understanding of the theory of finance and its relation to the history, strengths and imperfections of such institutions as banking, insurance, securities, futures, and other derivatives markets, and the future of these institutions over the next century. This course is packed full of video and audio of the lectures by Professor Robert Schiller.

3. Family Finance from Utah State

Upon completion of this course you should be able to: 1. Identify personal/family values and establish appropriate financial goals. 2. Develop financial plans that reflect your values and goals. 3. Begin implementation of your plans to meet short and long term financial goals. 4. Evaluate options for providing financial security throughout your life. 5. Recall and apply specific fact concerning various financial topics, tools, and services.

4. Money 101 at CNN Money

CNN Money has put together a casual course of money basics. The course is broken down into 23 different lessons from creating a budget to estate planning. While not affiliated with any specific educational institution, there is a lot of information that’s easy to navigate through.

5. Personal Finance: Debt and Borrowing at Open University

Debt is regularly featured in the news media, with stories about how much some people are borrowing, how some extraordinarily high rates of interest are being charged, or with questions about whether debt is becoming an intolerable burden for some households. This unit is going to explore some of these issues in detail. Section 1 looks at evidence on the level of debt in the UK before going on to examine some of the changing social and economic context. Section 2 explores the costs of having debt, and Section 3 considers the relationship between debt and household finances. Finally, Section 4 investigates the borrowing process, and suggests that gathering information and making informed decisions about taking on debt is an important part of financial capability. While offered by and referring to the UK, the concepts can be applied in the U.S. as well.

6. Introduction to Economics at Utah State

Introduction to Economics is designed to build an understanding of economic institutions, history, and principles. In addition, it will focus on relationship between private and public sectors of the U.S. economy. Also, it will analyze major economic institutions, such as property rights, markets, business organizations, labor unions, money and banking, trade, and taxation.

7. Investment Risk at Open University

A fair return on investment is defined as one that compensates the investor for the risk incurred in making the investment ��’ neither more nor less. Conversely, an excess return is one that over-compensates the investor for the risk incurred. Investors want to avoid investments that pay less than a fair return, while borrowers want to avoid paying an excess return. Learn how to identify and manage different types of investment risk.

8. Investing in Your Future at Rutgers

This 11-unit home study course was developed by the Cooperative Extension system for beginning investors with small dollar amounts to invest at any one time. After exploring “the basics,” the course describes specific types of investments (e.g., stocks and bonds) in detail. You’ll begin to understand their characteristics, how they are purchased, and what it costs to purchase each investment. There are also units that focus specifically on tax-advantaged investments and investments that can be purchased with $1,000 or less.

9. Financial Security for All at Michigan State University

Financial Security for All has compiled in depth information to educate you on specific financial issues and strategies. Ranging from personal finance basics to estate planning, there are a number of resources here that can help you learn more about important financial issues that affect everyone.

10. Investments at MIT

The focus of this course is on financial theory and empirical evidence for making investment decisions. Topics include: portfolio theory; equilibrium models of security prices (including the capital asset pricing model and the arbitrage pricing theory); the empirical behavior of security prices; market efficiency; performance evaluation; and behavioral finance.

11. Taxes and Business Strategy at MIT

Traditional finance and other business courses analyze a broad spectrum of factors affecting business decision-making but typically give little systematic consideration to the role of taxes. In contrast, traditional tax accounting courses concentrate on administrative issues while ignoring the richness of the context in which tax factors operate. The objective of the course is to bridge this gap by providing a framework for recognizing tax planning opportunities and applying basic principles of tax strategy.

12. Entrepreneurial Finance at MIT

This class examines the elements of entrepreneurial finance, focusing on technology-based start-up ventures, and the early stages of company development. It addresses key questions which challenge all entrepreneurs: how much money can and should be raised; when should it be raised and from whom; what is a reasonable valuation of the company; and how funding should be structured. The subject aims to prepare students for these decisions, both as entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

13. Economics at Carnegie Mellon University

The Introductory Economics course is a collection of online experiments and related on-line workbooks which can be used by individual learners or to supplement an instructor lead course. In each experiment a student is an active participant attempting to make deals with other traders in a market. After each experiment, the data the students generated is stored and the student will use this data to complete an online workbook. The workbook guides the student through the analysis and much of the economic theory needed to understand the related experiment. In these experiments the student is both a participant and an observer.

14. Finance Theory II at MIT

The objective of this course is to learn the financial tools needed to make good business decisions. The course presents the basic insights of corporate finance theory, but emphasizes the application of theory to real business decisions. Each session involves class discussion, some centered on lectures and others around business cases.

15. Behavioral Economics and Finance

This course surveys research which incorporates psychological evidence into economics. Topics include: prospect theory, biases in probabilistic judgment, self-control and mental accounting with implications for consumption and savings, fairness, altruism, and public goods contributions, financial market anomalies and theories, impact of markets, learning, and incentives, and memory, attention, categorization, and the thinking process.

16. Free Credit Education Webcasts

Money Management International has a collection of free online webcasts that cover topics on credit and debt. Each of these webcasts are relatively short and will allow you to digest the important topics in small pieces. Most webcasts run around 10 minutes in length and cover everything from credit scores to comparative shopping.

17. Principles of Macroeconomics at MIT

This course provides an overview of the following macroeconomic issues: the determination of output, employment, unemployment, interest rates, and inflation. Monetary and fiscal policies are discussed, as are public debt and international economic issues. This course also introduces basic models of macroeconomics and illustrates principles with the experience of the United States and other economies.

18. Principles of Microeconomics at MIT

This introductory course teaches the fundamentals of microeconomics. Topics include consumer theory, producer theory, the behavior of firms, market equilibrium, monopoly, and the role of the government in the economy.

19. Free Online Tax Course

Our home study online income tax course will teach you everything you need to know to become a tax professional. Our online income tax course will give you the skills you need to prepare tax returns professionally, even with no previous experience. If you want to earn extra income as a tax professional our online income tax course is for you. It makes learning tax preparation easy and fun!

20. Planning for a Secure Retirement at Purdue

The objective of this course is to help you with your planning for retirement. Each module provides information that can be valuable in answering the questions you need to consider as you make your plans. The modules include specific goals for the module, activities to complete, and sources for more information. 



21. Probability and Statistics Carnegie Mellon University


Introduces the basic concepts, logic, and issues involved in statistical reasoning. Topics include Exploratory Data Analysis, Producing Data and Study Design, Probability and Statistical Inference.  Two Free Courses:


The Probability and Statistics course is comparable to the full semester course on Statistics taught at Carnegie Mellon University. Your access includes the complete online course including all expository text, simulations, case studies, comprehension tests, interactive learning exercises, and StatTutor. The course covers the topics of Exploratory Data Analysis, Producing Data and Study Design, Probability and Statistical Inference.


The Statistical Reasoning course is the same as the Probability and Statistics course except that it includes a new streamlined probability option that forgoes the classical treatment of probability in favor of an empirical approach using relative frequency. There is an early focus on probability distributions as a way to describe patterns arising in a long series of repetitions of random phenomenon. This approach includes only those concepts that are necessary to support a conceptual understanding of the role of probability in inference. Examples use contexts from real world problems and simulations set in real world contexts.

Both probability paths culminate in a newly enhanced discussion of sampling distributions that is grounded in simulation and includes many new activities to support student understanding of the use of normal distributions to model sampling variability.




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No tuition money? No problem! There are many top universities that offer free courses online. This list ranks several of the best free university courses available for people who want to enhance their personal knowledge or advance in their current fields.

Earn the Lowest-Cost college credit from free courses.

Most free courses don't lead to college credit. Education Portal Academy's free courses do!

Here's how it works:

1. Watch free video lessons.

2. Take free quizzes.

3. Pass an exam to earn real college credit.

Top Universities with Free Courses

The free courses from these schools don't offer a path towards credit, but they are strong resources if you want to learn from some of the best professors in the world.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (

If you are looking for a wide range of free courses offered online, MIT is your best option. More than 1,800 free courses are offered through the school's OpenCourseWare (OCW) project. Courses are in text, audio and video formats and translated into a number of different languages. Students all over the world use MIT's OpenCourseWare and 96 percent of visitors to this site say they would recommend it to someone else.

2. Open University (

The Open University is the UK's largest academic institution and a world leader in distance learning. OU's OpenLearn website gives everyone free access to both undergraduate and graduate-level course materials from the University. Courses cover a wide range of topics, including the arts, history, business, education, IT and computing, mathematics and statistics, science, health and technology.

3. Carnegie Mellon University (

Carnegie Mellon University offers a number of free online courses and materials through a program called the Open Learning Initiative. OLI courses are intended to allow anyone at an introductory college level to learn about a particular subject without formal instruction. Course options include such offerings as statistics, biology, chemistry, economics, French and physics.

4. Tufts University (

Like MIT, Tufts has OpenCourseWare that is available free to everyone. Courses are sorted by school (i.e. the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine, etc.) and include assignments, lecture notes and other supplementary materials.

5. Stanford (

Stanford University, one of the world's leading academic institutions, has joined forces with iTunes U to provide access to Stanford courses, lectures and interviews. These courses can be downloaded and played on iPods, PCs and Macs and can also be burned to CDs. If you don't have iTunes, you can download it here for free.

6. University of California, Berkeley (

UC Berkeley, one of the best public universities in the nation, has been offering live and on-demand webcasts of many of their courses since 2001. Hundreds of UC Berkeley classes, both current and archived, are now available as podcasts and webcasts. Courses cover a range of subjects, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer programming, engineering, psychology, legal studies and philosophy.

7. Utah State University (

Utah State University also provides access to free online courses through OCW. Study options include everything from anthropology to physics and theater arts. These comprehensive text-based courses can be downloaded as zip files or viewed directly on the site.

8. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (

Kutztown University's Small Business Development Center offers the largest collection of free business courses available on the web. Course topics include entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, government, business law, marketing and sales. Comprehensive text, interactive case studies, slides, graphics and streaming audio help to demonstrate the concepts presented in each course.

9. University of Southern Queensland (

The University of Southern Queensland in Australia provides free online access to a number of different courses through yet another OpenCourseWare initiative. Courses from each of the five faculties are available covering a broad range of topics, including communication, science, career planning, technology, teaching and multimedia creation.

10. University of California, Irvine (

UC Irvine, another of the nation's top public universities, is also a member of the OCW Consortium. Their growing list of courses covers topics like financial planning, human resources, capital markets and e-marketing. Course materials include syllabi, lecture notes, assignments and exams.


Earn Real Credit from Free Courses

While the free courses above don't award credit directly, there are two widely recognized and affordable options for students to gain real college credit.

Option #1: Pass a CLEP Exam

The College Board's 33 CLEP exams allow you to test out of your general education requirements. Credit is accepted at 2/3 of colleges and universities in the U.S.

Option #2: Prepare a Portfolio helps you prepare a portfolio that proves your knowledge. A faculty expert then recommends how much credit should be awarded. The process is call 'prior learning assessment'.