Go to college for free? Sort of...

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by friendorfoe, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. friendorfoe

    friendorfoe Active Member

    I didn’t know if you guys knew about this or not, but Andrew Jackson has a new program with $0 in tuition if you sign up with one of their marketing partners. I kind of thought it was a scam so I signed up and this is what I found.

    You will still have to pay a $400 a month semester “fee” (for graduate students) but they assured me it isn’t “tuition” because the fee is flat regardless of the amount of classes you take. I think on the grad programs they limit you to 3 a semester, I’m not sure what the undergrad programs are.

    Just to check it out I signed up with their partner, which is supposed to be a Facebook or Myspace style site for students. Then I contacted AJU, asked some questions about the programs and they emailed me an application with the waived tuition + fees listed.

    While not exactly free it seems like a pretty good deal. I don’t know what I would do with a NA MS in Criminal Justice, I can’t teach with it and I don’t plan on being in criminal justice as a profession within the next year. I don’t need an MPA and I’m about to have an MBA so for me there really isn’t any benefit for the effort, but I thought someone here might be interested.
  2. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    $400 a month for how long? As long as you are enrolled? I'm interested in checking this out for one of the undergrad programs, so I signed up. Looks interesting, as long as the cost doesn't get out of hand. That's still almost $5,000 a year.
  3. friendorfoe

    friendorfoe Active Member


    No, it's not $400 a month. It's $400 at the graduate level per semester, regardless of the class load. It may be less for undergrads...

    The semesters are 16 weeks long. So theoretically you could get a masters degree for $1,600 plus test fees, application fee and enrollment fee. Under $2K for a masters from a DETC school ain't bad.
  4. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    OK, thanks for clarifying that. Your original post said "per month". You're right, that's not a bad deal at all. I'm going to look into one of the undergrad programs and see what their fee is.
  5. BlueMason

    BlueMason Audaces fortuna juvat

    yep, that is a good deal!
  6. friendorfoe

    friendorfoe Active Member

    Yeah, sorry about that. I would edit the post but I don't have the ability. It's definitely per semester, as in 16 weeks.

    Terry, I thought you'd be interested in the BS in Communications....:cool:
  7. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    You are correct, sir! It looks like a good program and I figure I would only need to finish about 30 credits...about the same as if I stuck with Penn Foster College. I have emailed AJU about the per-semester fee for the BS in Communications, and how to go about getting a credit evaluation. I'll let you know what I learn!
  8. friendorfoe

    friendorfoe Active Member

    Don't forget to sign up with one of their partners in the link. That's how you get the waiver.
  9. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    I did. I signed up to become a beta tester of the Pupilcity.com site. I received an email from AJU instantly.
  10. friendorfoe

    friendorfoe Active Member

    Cool, let me know what you find out.
  11. bamafan

    bamafan New Member

    This school claims to be in Birmingham, Alabama. I have never heard of them though and I live about an hour from Birmingham. Are they RA? Recognized by the US Dept of Ed?
  12. Peace123

    Peace123 New Member

  13. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    That's correct. AJU is nationally accredited by the DETC. They are located in Birmingham, Alabama area on John Hawkins Parkway, more specifically, in Hoover, Alabama. I Googled them, and this is their office building: [​IMG]
  14. jek2839

    jek2839 New Member

    Looks like a great offer for under 2K and they allow 18 graduate credits in transfer.

    I looked Online for their Catalog and apparentky they are updating the 2008 version and it's unavailable in PDF.

    Does anyone have the previous years catalog (PDF) or a list of the 12 required courses for the Executive-MBA, MBA-Health Care or MPA program?

  15. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Damn good find!!!!!! Thanks for posting this here for others to see. I don't have any use for it right now, but I think it would be great for Terry/Tcord! Go for it man!

    Abner :)
  16. Vincey37

    Vincey37 New Member

    I think DETC deserves a lot of credit for actually making college education cheaper. Who else can claim that these days?

    I know I wish this deal and the all in one Aspen program were in place when I was shopping for an undergrad. I would have probably chosen them over TESC.
  17. kozen

    kozen Member

    I'm interested too, and tried to register, but pupilcity.com url is not working.
  18. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    You must add your email to their emailing list at the link FriendorFoe provided. Pupilcity.com is not up and running yet.
  19. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Is there a certain date that someone must register by with Pupilcity.com? Also, what is a beta tester? Is it mainly agreeing to having a blog about education or AJU? Something like that?

    Abner :)
  20. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    I don't know that there is a deadline. Basically, when you agree to use the beta version of a program or web site, you are the guinea pig being used to work out the kinks in the program. My impression is Pupilcity.com is going to be something like the MySpace of education.

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