I'm having what I perceive to be a strange situation going on with the University I have enrolled in. I would like to get your thoughts on the following situation: The school I have enrolled in has been offering an Associates degree program, for almost 100 years. They are regionally accrediated by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, so their legitimacy in terms of accreditation is not an issue. I am taking this program by distance, online. Everything seemed to be going okay; I'm set to start classes in a few weeks, and I should be able to finish up in well under a year. But, inconsistencies have started to pop up... 1. The admissions advisor says that she does not have information on the exact listing order of the courses I am to be taking. 2. Aftering asking several times over the past few weeks, the admissions advisor has continued to tell me that no one knows the exact books that I am to be needing in order to take my classes, yet she was able to tell me which two classes I am taking in the first semester... To #1, it seems strange that no one would have this information when the classes are set to start in just a few weeks... and for the fact that this course has been offered for many, many years. To #2, It seems apparent (and its no surprise) to me that the University would rather I buy the books from them and pay about $125 per book, instead of me buying it used from Amazon or another alternative source for about $11-$30 per book (which is a price I have seen for at least one course book). I need to know how much money I'll need to borrow and get this set ASAP, because classes are not far off from start (about 26 days). I did voice my belief to the admissions counselor about what the Universities (covert) stance probably is concerning students buying books elsewhere, and she said: "You could always just borrow more than you need now, and then return what you don't need." She went on to say that, "Most students don't purchase books until a week before classes start". ... I abruptly told her that this is not the way I want to go on either of her suggestions. Here is another interesting tidbit... When I signed up for the Associates program at the beginning, they seemed like they did not want me to do it, and instead did everything they could to convince me to sign up for the Bachelors program. It seems like they treat the Associate program like a bastard stepchild that no one wants to acknowledge; they don't even have a single Associate course book available on their bookstore website. They even said things to me like, "The Associates course is more for kids just coming out of High School with no experience." So as to make me feel like I am stepping myself down to a lower level, and make me feel the need to save face by moving up to the higher-level program. That effort failed miserably... I have a plan in place and starting at the Associates level will give me a number of transfer options when I finish, and it will also help me cut down tremendously on the amount of time/money I'll need to finish a Bachelors program at some other target institutions which count both credits and experience towards a Bachelors (including the School in question). I made it clear that I refuse to deviate from that plan, and I was able to enroll in the Associates program. Bottom line, I think the story I am getting is absolute hogwash; I think they know fully well what course books I need (how could they not?). I feel that they have a strategy to make me wait it out so long that I have no choice but to tell them that I will make the purchases from them, rather than from my considerably cheaper alternative sources. I think the advisor suggested I take out the largest possible loan, so that when/if their plan comes to fruition, I'll have enough to pay those inflated book prices. I have not paid a dime of tuition yet; only an application/enrollment fee, and if there is validity to my feeling that the school is trying to strategize some sort of keep-away game with the book info, I will be willing to withdraw and walk on to a different school. Thanks for reading through this. Please give me any suggestions/advice you may have... I'm all ears.