Best and most affordable online schools?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by rizanater, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. rizanater

    rizanater New Member

    I am trying to sift through all the information out there... I would like to attend a online /distance learning school but dont want it to be a total hassle and also dont want to be scammed into paying lotsa money out of pocket... ive read some real scary things about Kaplan, and I was considering them .. and advice would be greatly apreciated:D
  2. AV8R

    AV8R Active Member

    Which are you looking for....the best...or the most affordable? :eek:
  3. rizanater

    rizanater New Member

    best online schools..

    well i guess best in terms of overall performance.. i do not want to pay very much out of pocket however.. being a single father on a budget.. im hoping i can get by with financial aid
  4. mbaonline

    mbaonline New Member

    Narrow it down first:
    1) What do you want? - Bachelors or Masters? What area of study?
    2) If it's Bachelors, do you have any college credit?
    -- If Yes, then see or try the Big Three for degree completion. That would be pretty cheap.
    -- If No, then using your local community college or a cheap online community college for the first two years would be good: Many CCs have online classes and the price is great. You could also see to do some testing out for your first two years' worth of credits. Then transfer to a university for your final two years.

    I see you're in Idaho. Washington State University has a great online bachelors' in Business that is cheap for Washington residents and they take transfers from CCs. Don't know about Idaho schools but many schools now have online programs and in-state tuition is generally a good deal.

    Narrow it down, ask some questions and you should be able to find a good program with respectability and good customer service.
  5. rizanater

    rizanater New Member

    I have just a couple credits and would be going for AS then BS... u mentioned CCs .. im assuming community college? another factor is that I will be moving back to california in about a year.. one of the reasons that online school looks good to me
  6. Go_Fishy

    Go_Fishy New Member

    Look at that, a Huskie recommending Wazzu... ;)

    WSU online is unfortunately pretty expensive. The Border Bill (which allows some residents of Oregon and Idaho to study part-time paying resident tuition) only covers classes taken at the branch campuses, not online.

    What about Boise State? Not distance of course, but they have very reasonable tuition.
  7. 03310151

    03310151 New Member

    Go cougs!!!!!!!!

    Wsu '04
  8. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    California Community Colleges (CCs) are a bargain for California residents - however I believe you have to be a resident for one year before being eligible for resident rates.

    In the meantime you can pick up credits toward a degree by passing exams such as CLEP and DSST.
    Both web sites give you exam content, exam questions, and suggest study sources.

    Colleges such as Excelsior, TESC or COSC accept these exams toward their AA/AS and BA/BS degrees.

    Download the Excelsior Liberal Arts catalog - it has easy to understand outlines of degree requirements. If you are interested in a business degree then download their catalog.
    There is no need to enroll in a college for a degree until you have a bunch of credits accrued (say 75% or so).
    The Liberal Arts BS is perhaps the most flexible degree in terms of content in the USA (and arguably the lowest cost). I have one that is predominantly engineering despite its name.
  9. friartuck

    friartuck New Member

  10. mbaonline

    mbaonline New Member

    Yeah, one of my nicest relatives is a Coug. It's a good program from a good school and I have a lot of students who have transferred there.

    Yes, sorry, CC is community college. I spelled it out once but then I abbreviated.

    WSU is expensive...just mentioned it in case you were a WA resident or in case the reciprocal tuition worked...GoFishy says it won't.

    Too bad you can't move to California earlier. As Ian says, California CCs are dirt cheap for residents.

    Try Clovis Comm College (do a search on this forum) or some Idaho community colleges. That would be the most cost-effective way unless you want to test out (CLEP tests) or correspondence (LSU).

    Then transfer your AS credits to an affordable BS program.

    You still haven't said what your major might be. That will influence your choice somewhat.

    There are lots of California State Schools with online programs and that might be the place to look if you're going to be a resident.
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  11. firstmode4c

    firstmode4c Member

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  12. truckie270

    truckie270 New Member

  13. rizanater

    rizanater New Member

    wow I like these forums.. so many responses .. thanks.. I am considering college of western idaho.. its newest community college in this area, ive taken some courses at BSU and they are pretty expensive
  14. rizanater

    rizanater New Member

    and yes im still vague on my major.. honestly just want a degree that will make me more hireable in general.. i considered business because i dabble in small business.. but i would be open to suggestions.. someone here mentioned liberal arts?
  15. mbaonline

    mbaonline New Member

    You could either start with a general studies AA or AS degree and go from there. Try your local CCs first.

    Here's a link to Idaho Comm Colleges

    Try College of Southern Idaho Distance Ed.

    Or try North Idaho College E-learning page:

    Well, I think WSU is more invested in distance ed than UW, so there's that too!
  16. Pap

    Pap New Member

  17. mbaonline

    mbaonline New Member

    That sounds good. Talk with the Admissions and or Counseling Center at CWI and see if they can develop a plan for you to get you to your associates degree with eventual transfer to a four-year school. Good luck!

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