Answer Army Correspondence Course Program, How Much Does It *really* Cost?
Q: I'm looking into distance education after falling
into the "full-time-after-HS" trap. I'm looking into a BA in English or
Literature in English. I've checked out Excelsior, Charter Oak, and Thomas
Edison. I've noticed that you almost *have* to enroll in another college to
achieve all the required credits (if this is untrue, please tell me). So, as I
see it now, I'd be paying for two tuitions. Is there any way around this? Of
those of you who got Bachelor's degrees completely by DL, how much did it end
up costing? How hard was it to get financial aid?
A:It should be possible to earn a BA or BS with a Concentration in English Lit entirely by examination for around $3,200 to $4,000 starting from scratch. If you have some existing credit, that price will drop. There are also a number of options for a degree with Concentration or Major in other disciplines. Additionally, you may choose to earn your degree by a combination of exam and traditional course credit. There is no need to pay tuition twice. Credit may also be earned via portfolio submission. The BA in 4 Weeks web site is *the* most comprehensive and detailed repository of advice and information on earning a regionally accredited degree entirely or partially by examination, anywhere on the net or in print - and it's free. See http://geocities.com/ba_in_4_weeks/BSdegree.html AND http://geocities.com/ba_in_4_weeks/2ndDegree.html The second URL details requirements for a concentration in a second degree using the GRE subject exam, but the methodology is equally applicable to a first degree, and there is a suitable exam in English Literature available. For an overview of the whole process visit http://geocities.com/BA_in_4_Weeks/introduc.html A normal person unafraid to use their real name: I can't begin to tell you how welcome your post was! Perhaps you might find some of the following useful. If you do, enjoy! If you don't, I apologize for wasting your time. 1) Excelsior (nee Regents), Charter Oak State College, Thomas Edison State College, and similar assessment colleges are fantastic in that they allow one to use previously attained college credits, or college level work, towards a degree. If you do not have a storehouse of college credits and/or do not intend to avail yourself of their Portfolio Assessment services/etc., then perhaps you might want to select a more traditional non-traditional (distance) college.