As I have mentioned here before, I qualify for the Hazelwood Act here in Texas, which means that I would not have to pay tuition or most fees for more schooling at a public university in the state. However, there are some fees, etc. that would still apply. Texas Tech has the PhD in Tech. Comm and Rhetoric that interests me. However, they do require that I come to their campus for a couple of weeks each year. The cost of that two week program is about $1600, plus a few hundred dollars in fees that I would be responsible for. (At least, I don't think the $1600 is covered by Hazelwood, since it is not tuition or student fees). I have also been looking at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. I just heard back from them that as a totally DL student, the cost would be a little under $1400 per year, as no other fees would apply since I would not be visiting the university. Now, I am still awaiting a response from the English Dept. there about the feasibility of such a plan, but am hopeful. I know we have talked about Stellenbosch before, but I am wondering if it is realistic to expect that I would not have to make an actual trip to South Africa, which would raise the cost significantly. In their literature, it indicates that while they do prefer that each doctoral student attend a yearly symposium, they do make provision for those who cannot. But sometimes what is written is not exactly how things work out. I know the yearly cost is not that much different, but it would take me a couple of years to finish the course work at Tech, before I could even start the dissertation. At Stellenbosch, since it is a totally research degree, I hope to be able to finish that much sooner, since there is no course work. That significantly lowers the cost, it seems to me, for the overall program. BTW, the folks at Stellenbosch have been extremely quick to respond to my email inquiries. Tech has been fairly slow (and often not very helpful in their responses). I found this to be ironic since we so often have commented on the slowness of the South African universities to respond - though those comments do usually refer to UNISA). Anyway, does anyone have thoughts on the choice, assuming that the Stellenbosch opportunity works out?