Have I found the CHEAPEST tuition in US online education?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Hadashi no Gen, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. Hadashi no Gen

    Hadashi no Gen New Member

    Patten University, a for-profit university that is WASC accredited, charges $1,316 per 16-week term regardless of how many credits you take. Text books included.

    There is even a program to attend the school tuition-free if you reside in Oakland, San Francisco, and Sacramento and have an employer that offers tuition assistance.

    Information: http://patten.edu/admissions/tuition/#online

    Thoughts? Experiences?

    Tony P.
  2. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    Patten has experienced severe financial problems in recent years, and has been on academic probation with WASC since February 2010. Their management changed in 2012. According to WASC:

    Since WASC just held its June 2013 meeting, there may be some news about Patten's accreditation in the near future. Might be worth waiting for a bit to see how it turns out.

    The financial and accreditation issues may be hurting Patten's enrollment, despite the attractive tuition plan. According to WASC, there are only 247 undergraduates enrolled at Patten (plus 33 more at the graduate level).
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  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Which is to say that they were bought by the same people who own New Charter University. Anyway, I'm with CalDog, I'd wait.
  4. Vinipink

    Vinipink Accounting Monster

    Two coincidences, same(similar) type of scheme for tuition that Andrew Jackson University was offering one time before it changed name (ownership) New Charter and being bought by the same group that bought AJU. As the others have indicated wait and see.
  5. Messdiener

    Messdiener Member

    Not to derail this thread, but are there any other universities (in the US or elsewhere) that follow this tuition model? New Charter/AJU looks interesting, but the number of degrees seems to be quite limited. As for Patten, it would seem that a great number of the core courses are only taught on campus, making it difficult for many of us to partake of their program offerings.
  6. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Welcome back!!!!!
  7. Vinipink

    Vinipink Accounting Monster

    Thanks, I will drop by from time to time.
  8. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    There might be several DETC schools that follow this model. I don't know. The RA schools that follow this tuition model are WGU, Northern Arizona University's competency-based programs, and Southern New Hampshire University's College for America associate's program. SNHU's program charges $2500 per year regardless of the number of credits completed. If you finish in 6 months, you're only charged $1250. Several other RA schools are working on competency-based programs, and those will probably have the same tuition model.
  9. Messdiener

    Messdiener Member

    Thank you for the information, sanantone. Much appreciated!
  10. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    Follow-up: WASC has apparently taken Patten off of probation. Patten's current WASC status is simply "Accredited", and the public statement regarding their probationary status appears to be gone.
  11. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I wonder how long before we see an mbain4weeks.com arrive on the scene. I also wonder if it is possible, even hypothetically (that is, someone learns the material beforehand and just enrolls and completes the assessments within one month's time). :scratchchin:
  12. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    Somebody hurry and go register that URL before it's gone!!! :smile:
  13. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    Maniac: "I wonder how long before we see an mbain4weeks.com"

    John: Four weeks? Unlikely. mbain10weeks: yes. Purchase all nine Edinburgh Business School courses on March 31. Sign up for all nine exams that day. Take all nine exams in early June, in a five-day period, morning and afternoon. Pass them all. Get world-class MBA in ten weeks. During my nine years of marketing the program, only one person (out of about 5,000 US/Canada students) did this: a 40-ish VP of Visa International. (There was also a chartered accountant in Canada who had two courses waived, and passed the other seven in the same week.)
  14. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

    MC you need to register the URL.
  15. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Do you know how many tried but fell short?
  16. msganti

    msganti Active Member

  17. ryoder

    ryoder New Member

    Looks cool. If I didn't already have a MBA I would probably try it out and report back.
    Too bad they don't have any other masters degree because I would be all over that. 1300 for 16 weeks is a bargain and I'd like to see how their online system works.
  18. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    Agreed - if only they offered something (anything) other than an MBA...

    Just to clarify - Online undergraduate tuition is $1316/16 week term, while online graduate tuition is $1,996/16 week term.

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