PELL Grant covered my last year (30 some hours) at COSC. I had to find a cheaper place to take courses to do it though. Most of mine I did via a matriculation agreement between myself, COSC and CSU-Pueblo. Had some cash left over each semester to pay for some DSST/Straighterline. I think you will find it difficult to accomplish paying out of state rates at any of the Big 3 (hence my courses taken at CSU). You will also find that the enrollment fee's at TESC and EC make it more difficult...though the comprehensive enrollemnt fee at TESC is worth considering.I would only consider this near the end of your degree.
If your just getting started a CC online like Clovis, or New Mexico Junior College would maximize you available dollars. Or, of course, your hometown CC.
The way I work it out COSC is considerably cheaper than the others in general...tough there are different options to consider. I chose COSC based on their helpfulness before I enrolled, and their willingness to bend over backwards in dealing with my PELL grant.
Simple really...bring the cost below your award and it's free. I don't however know of any aid that pays for CLEP/DSST...you gotta get creative there.
Last edited by rebel100; 07-30-2012 at 04:35 PM.
MBA, Western Governors University February 2014
BS Charter Oak State College November 2011
AS in EMS August 2010