Is TESC AA degree 100% transfer?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by BobbyJim, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. BobbyJim

    BobbyJim New Member

    I’m talking with a lady in her 60s that regrets never having graduated from College, even an AA degree. She has 77 semester hours credit, and it seems to complete the TESC AA (no major) degree distribution requirements.

    My questions are:
    1. Is the TESC AA (no major) 100% transfer with no additional courses if meeting distribution requirements?
    2. Is there a ‘currency’ requirement for the AA (no major) degree?
    3. Would the miscellaneous fees (appl., enrollment, graduation <$800) be all that would apply in the case of 100% transfer with no additional courses required?

    I searched their website and find hints that it might be 100% transfer, and no currency requirements, but no exact statements to that effect - yet. :blackeye:

    Thanks in advance folks! :blackeye:
  2. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    TESC has been changing things up a bit lately, requiring a Capstone for their bachelors degree, but as far as I know they are the last of the Big 3 to allow all 60 credits into an associates. Double check due to recent (last few weeks) changes, but I'm almost positive you are fine on this point. EC requires an associates Capstone and COSC requires the cornerstone course for it's AA/AS. TESC lets you bring it all in from elsewhere.

    By "currency" do you mean age of the credit? I know all of the big three have broad acceptance policies. It's likely she will be OK with most of the work for an AA/AS. You don't usually run into trouble unless it's a field that progresses like computer science. With that said, if the credits are very might be an issue. under 20 years your probably OK, over that and I would ask/apply and find out for sure.

    The cheapest Enrollment Option is $3000 plus the fee's you mentioned. An AA/AS from TESc is not really cheap Thomas Edison State College: Enrolled Options Plan You have to be enrolled to graduate...this fee is the main reason I wound up at Charter Oak. A lot of cost to swallow all at once!

    I recently learned that in Florida folks over 60 can enroll for credit at CC's for free. Your friend might be well advised to look into options closer to home or consider finishing via distance at her original college.
  3. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    If the distribution requirements are met upon review from TESC, there should be no problem unless they determine some of the older classes she may have taken in the past are not equivalent to their courses today. This would be pertty rare however. Now for the nitty gritty, or picking on nits if you will. I believe TESC, like the other two of the Big three, have instituted a requirment that 1 TESC course be taken before bestowing a BA, BS. So technically, I guess you could say it has a residency requirement of 3-4 credits.

    I would like to suggest something so you could pass on to this lady. Tell her to request a course by course review of her AA degree classes, it costs about $75.00. Well worth the monet. The advantage of this is that TESC would supply her with a course/degree plan and check off denoting the exact classes she needs to complete. Also, when I did this, I was assigned a really cool counselor who I could call and he would help me out.

    TESC is an excellent choice. It is the most generous in granting possible upper level credit for courses the other big two may not consider "upper" level. A huge plus!!!

    Gotta run,

    Have a good one,

    Abner :smile:

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  4. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    Everything answered ahead of my reply is correct- she'd be good to go. So, I'll offer something else. Since she'd be paying her enrollment fee anyway (no way around that) she'd have 12 months in which to earn more credit. At 77 credits, depending on what they are, she could potentially finish her BA inside that time. It would only be about 43 credits (10-15 exams or courses). At 1 exam or course per month, I think she could do it.

    Also, if she's "in" her 60's she might be close enough to qualify for FREE TUITION from a number of colleges. I don't know TESC's policy, but many do this (even Harvard Extension) so rather than just enrolling for the sake of checking the box, perhaps she could pursue something she's always dreamed of studying...after all, at her age, she knows the difference between impressing other people and impressing her self :)
  5. BobbyJim

    BobbyJim New Member

    Thanks folks,

    In Texas, seniors get free tuition at most state universities and community colleges – but the fees still apply, and they can add up fast!

    I was thinking of the AA from TESC as a possible ‘step goal’ if she decided it was not her terminal degree.
  6. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    Bringing in 77 credits, I can't see the fee's adding up to the $3000+ that an Associates would cost at TESC.
  7. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    CD's post just reminded me of something. It is a good idea to have her request a degree evaulation which will map out her road to the BA. She can then take the appropriate courses. Once she completes them, or nearly completes the requirement, she can formally enroll. Why? Because this avoids the possibility of having to rush and pay another additonal year if the requirements are not meant. I hope this makes sense. In other words, formal enrollment starts the clock ticking.

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  8. BobbyJim

    BobbyJim New Member

    You're probably correct - I was looking for an immediate gratification thing for her thinking she might go on to a BA/BS if she got a quick and dirty AA. She could take enough courses at the local CC (about 18 SH) to get the AA, and likely they would all apply to a local state university BA/BS completion program without exceeding the lower level course maximum.

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