I was doing some research on SMC University in Switzerland and came across this offer for a free (or cheap) Associate Degree: smcu.university To qualify for one of the limited number of free programs: Students must first complete a free online course (MOOC) to demonstrate that they are comfortable with and committed to online learning. (The MOOC is the Business 101 course at Saylor.org) The first 300 qualified students to satisfactorily complete the MOOC will receive a scholarship to cover 100% of the tuition for the whole degree program. Students not qualifying for the scholarship program are able to transfer to the standard completion track. (total of $990, or there are monthly payment options available). I know this school does not have Swiss accreditation, but the graduate programs have ACBSP accreditation. An FAQ on the site makes no bones about the fact the Associate program is not accredited, and that there are no transferable credits earned in the Associate program, so earning the degree through SMC is an all-or-nothing endeavor. I also did some checking on LinkedIn and found several graduates of SMC who seem to have put their degrees to good use. This could be an option for someone looking to knock out a cheap Associate degree. I'm tempted to do the program and see what kind of evaluation I would get from WES.