Which is the most affordable computer science bachelors degree?

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by mARC DENVER, Aug 20, 2021.


    mARC DENVER New Member

    Hello, Please point me the most affordable computer science bachelors degrees. The degree must be fully accredited in order to gain access to Masters degree. Also I am European nationality. Will I need to travel to the United States to take exams?

    Cost for Unisa computer science bachelors degree because: approximately US$10,000 according to the following post https://www.reddit.com/r/unisa/comments/kqgke9/i_would_please_like_to_know_what_is_the_full/

    Is TESU the best option?

    isn't it just better to acquire all the skills required for a job through self training? instead of spending $12,000 on an online degree?
  2. AsianStew

    AsianStew Active Member

    The basics need to be covered, where are you in Europe? What certs, degrees, education, experience, further training do you bring to the table? It all depends what you're looking at, TESU is a great option, they're a public/state university, you can't go wrong with those, and it's probably one of the least expensive. I chose them as they are in "my (and payscale.com's)" top 10% of ROI/Value. If you are one of the lucky ones (like me, I didn't have my degrees until I was 40!), you can use your certs, experience, as leverage and move up to senior levels, but you'll hit a barrier when it comes time for positions that require a "check the box degree". In order to help you more, give us all important, relevant info, such as, do you have commitments such as job, kids, wife, etc? The more details you provide us, the more we can help you... I just don't need to know your "very personal details", but more than the very basics such as mentioned above.
  3. nyvrem

    nyvrem Active Member

    mm... if u can put in 80hrs/week, not sure if a competency based IT degree is cheaper/faster ?

    mARC DENVER New Member

    Competency-based that's a good idea. Also preferably I'd like the computer science degree The ones with Math And theory, But I'm open to suggestions.
    WGU Competency based Degree Apparently Does not accept international students. Although maybe it's worth asking. umpi is said to be developing a computer science your pace degree to be released later this year or early 2022, according to a thread on the Internet.
  5. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Active Member

    TESU can be had for $7500-$8000 (give or take) if you plan right. And, no, it doesn't involve traveling to the USA for exams. Everything can be done remotely.

    mARC DENVER New Member

    Thanks for the input. 7500-8000 sounds good. What resources would you recommend to plan right?

    mARC DENVER New Member

    Okay so probably I should 1st get 90 credits at the best prices. Then through self-study acquire the skills required To complete a competency-based degree quickly. Then, with the 90 credits and the skills I would apply to a competency-based degree. Then, I would finish The degree quickly In one semester. Does that sound like a good plan? Which competency-based Degree do you recommend?
  8. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Active Member

    I sent you a PM with information because it's super long and complicated for TESU. The only relevant competency-based degrees I'm aware of are at WGU or Purdue University Global. WGU is NOT available outside of the US. I don't know much about PUG but they don't actually have a degree in Comp Sci. The closest would possibly be IT with a concentration in Programming & Software Development: https://www.purdueglobal.edu/degree-programs/information-technology/exceltrack-bachelor-information-technology/
  9. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Active Member

    UMPI would be a good option but they don't have comp sci right now. More students need to inquire about the comp sci program because they don't think that there is enough interest!
  10. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member


    You could do an ofqual-regulated Level 5 Diploma and look for a cheap Top-Up Degree. Would certainly be under 10.000 Euro!

    Best regards,
    Mac Juli
  11. nyvrem

    nyvrem Active Member

    Yeah im actually waiting on UMPI's CS program. im doing CS mods on study.com right now. if nothing comes up at the end of 2022, ill just transfer everything to TESU's BA CS program.
  12. nyvrem

    nyvrem Active Member

    Also your first post mentioned access to a masters degree? May I know which masters degree do you have in mind?
  13. smartdegree

    smartdegree Active Member

    Why not look into studying in Europe? You probably already know this, but many EU countries offer free or almost free tuition to EU citizens. That would be your cheapest (and probably most logical) option.

    I don't understand why you are even looking at UNISA when there are many top-tier universities in Europe with free tuition.

  14. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Active Member

    Time? You can't accelerate European degrees. AFAIK, most of them also don't have online studies. It's butt-in-seat or nothing (there are some exceptions that do get posted in the forums here). Also, depending on the countries involved, they're pretty selective. If you went to the "wrong" high school, you're not getting in any time soon. Like if you went to a Liberal Arts HS instead of a Science & Technology HS, you're not getting into any comp sci programs without a lot of extra steps. If at all.
  15. Stephen Molchan

    Stephen Molchan New Member


    mARC DENVER New Member

    Awesome information. Thanks.

    A Masters in computer science from a public university in Germany. However I don't have the money for this prroject. I like to keep my options open anyways.
    University of the people is a good to know about. However I have searched the database and it seeems University of the people diploma is not recognized by the education system in Germany. You can see this at https://anabin.kmk.org/ you can also use Google chrome browser automatic translator. tesu and wgu appear accredited In the German website. I'm guessing maybe University of people doesn't have that regional accreditation?

    Currently I have living arrangement where I can study 80 hours per week and save a little bit of money. If I leave my house to study at a tuition free University in Europe I have the pay rent food bills and expenses. So unless you live in your parents house near the city, there will be additional expenses. Sometimes student housing and food can be found at student prices. Also there may be student loans in Europe. However expenses could be anywhere from €600-€1000 per month.Definitely more affordable to stay-at-home.

    Sounds like A interesting plan
    I will investigate the suggestion. Please post any further links.
  17. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Active Member

    UoPeople is a RA candidate at the moment but they don't have RA accreditation right now. This is correct.

    I've also heard that Anabin has had issues with WGU in the past because of their solely online nature. So, even if UoPeople gets the RA accreditation, Anabin might not accept it for some time. The German people seem to accept UoPeople as valid, at least to some degree, because there are German scholarships available for immigrants/refugees. But not having an Anabin-recognized Bachelor's degree would definitely limit your choices for a Master's degree if you wish to pursue one.
  18. smartdegree

    smartdegree Active Member

    A German online university that has had good reviews and frequently gets mentioned in this forum is IU:


    This is a legit accredited german university. Their standard tuition is €13,623 for the entire bachelors degree, although almost all students get a 50% discount which means total tuition is only €6,811. Just make sure you ask for the discount lol.

    That might be a better option than the US schools you are looking at because it guarantees recognition in Germany. Also, in the US a standard bachelors is 4 years, whereas in Germany it is 3 years full-time like a lot of EU countries.

    Mac Juli is our resident expert on German universities, so he might be able to recommend other German options.
  19. smartdegree

    smartdegree Active Member

    Here's the german website

    I also read that if you do your degree with IU, your tuition is tax deductible because it is a German school. So that further reduces your costs.

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