Kristina Kandel was homeschooled through high school, graduating in 2002. After high school she started her own photography business and began her college education via online classes. She soon learned about the speed and affordability of testing out of college courses using CLEP, DANTES, and Excelsior Exams. After graduating Cum Laude from Excelsior College in New York, people began to ask her how she was able to graduate debt free. To answer their questions, she started a website and wrote a detailed e-book to help students discover alternative options to traditional college.