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    I'm planning to obtain a BALS at TESC. I'm also planning to attend grad school shortly after, however I do not know which school that might be. Should I take (at least) 1 class to gain some level of GPA to better my admission chances for grad school? I was thinking about going to WGU for a masters in IT when the time comes.

    * What kind of impact would NOT getting a GPA affect my grad school admission chances?
    * Am I right thinking that taking 1 TESC class would allow me to obtain a GPA?

    Why am I asking? I'm planning on testing out of all classes through CLEP/DSST. But if I go the GPA route, I would likely use Financial Aid to pay for classes. Assuming that I would need to take more than 1 TESC class for Financial Aid to kick in, it would obviously involve more cost in the long run that I'd like to avoid it.

    * Would it be possible to CLEP all other classes and use Financial Aid for only 1 TESC class, in order to get a GPA and keep the amount of TESC classes I need to take to the very minimum?

    According to Lindagerr, 1 year would be about $4,000: http://www.degreeforum.net/excelsior...need-help.html. Or am I reading that wrong??

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtalama View Post
    I'm planning to obtain a BALS at TESC. I'm also planning to attend grad school shortly after, however I do not know which school that might be. Should I take (at least) 1 class to gain some level of GPA to better my admission chances for grad school? I was thinking about going to WGU for a masters in IT when the time comes.

    * What kind of impact would NOT getting a GPA affect my grad school admission chances?
    * Am I right thinking that taking 1 TESC class would allow me to obtain a GPA?

    Why am I asking? I'm planning on testing out of all classes through CLEP/DSST. But if I go the GPA route, I would likely use Financial Aid to pay for classes. Assuming that I would need to take more than 1 TESC class for Financial Aid to kick in, it would obviously involve more cost in the long run that I'd like to avoid it.

    * Would it be possible to CLEP all other classes and use Financial Aid for only 1 TESC class, in order to get a GPA and keep the amount of TESC classes I need to take to the very minimum?

    According to Lindagerr, 1 year would be about $4,000: http://www.degreeforum.net/excelsior...need-help.html. Or am I reading that wrong??
    Re: cost- what is your plan for paying the enrollment fee? That's almost $3k now, if you planned on using grants or loans, then you are already using financial aid. If you were going to pay cash, then the cost of taking only 1 course is roughly $500, not really that much more/less either way.

    Re GPA: IMO, any for profit open enrollment grad school isn't going to give a rat's rear about 1 class vs none. This board has many examples of people who are happily working on or have finished graduatelevel work with no GPA. If you start to change your mind and find a state university program or local private school that really starts to call your name, 1 class isn't going to make or break you. Likely you'd need a dozen or more to even consider that route. That said, I applied/was accepted to my state university and I had exam credit for about half my degree.

    I have another suggestion since grad school is on your radar. I think you should take not ONE, but SEVERAL courses. Not a million of them, but maybe 1-2 per term. Grad school, when you attend, will involve graduate level writing, something that many people find a bit difficult. Without at least some amount of COLLEGE LEVEL GRADED WRITTEN WORK under your belt, you'll be learning it all on the fly. Writing makes you a better writer. Just my two cents, and the opposite position of most people on this board. It just comes down t what you believe is the best path that you can later - with pride- discuss your degree. Many people feel shame for their excessive testing and just as many feel pride. Do whatever you need to do to feel proud.
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    Jennifer,

    Thank you for your help! I didn't realize tuition was almost 3k for out of state residents. Wow! I was planning to pay for tuition out-of-pocket, but that puts a different spin on things.

    Also good to know your thoughts on grad school and having no GPA.

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    I have 76 credits at TESC. Except for the one TESC class I just took (ENC-102 -- intro to how to write research papers) the majority were transferred in from my CCAF degree and the rest tests or ALEKS.

    76 credits, 73 of which are transfer. One class at TESC. I now have a 4.0 GPA.

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    I'm kinda in the same situation as you. Depending on the school, some will require you to send transcripts from everywhere you attended. However if you plan on gaining credit I would say test out. It's similar to RA credit. In my case I only have about 30 RA credit and the rest Pass/Fail "ACE" coures from Penn Foster, Straighterline, ALEKS. So I don't know where I'm going to go to grad school after I graduate but if I can't get accepted anywhere Liberty it is, and if not Liberty, AMU ;/ There was a thread on here, Liberty University accepted some one with no GPA from TESC. But since I live in Florida, I'm planning trying the State Universities first than the private ones. I have a strong feeling Nova SouthEastern University might accept me, I don't know why. I'm planning on just sending my Penn Foster, Straighterline , ACE and the remaining of my RA transcripts and explain why I am in this situation etc. Good luck though let us know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace_King View Post
    I'm kinda in the same situation as you. Depending on the school, some will require you to send transcripts from everywhere you attended. However if you plan on gaining credit I would say test out. It's similar to RA credit. In my case I only have about 30 RA credit and the rest Pass/Fail "ACE" coures from Penn Foster, Straighterline, ALEKS. So I don't know where I'm going to go to grad school after I graduate but if I can't get accepted anywhere Liberty it is, and if not Liberty, AMU ;/ There was a thread on here, Liberty University accepted some one with no GPA from TESC. But since I live in Florida, I'm planning trying the State Universities first than the private ones. I have a strong feeling Nova SouthEastern University might accept me, I don't know why. I'm planning on just sending my Penn Foster, Straighterline , ACE and the remaining of my RA transcripts and explain why I am in this situation etc. Good luck though let us know.
    Have you looked into WGU? I attended there for about 6 months and I liked it. I wonder if they'd accept a non-GPA student into their Masters program.

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    I have a GPA from TESC because I took 2 classes. It was important to the state of NJ when I applied for my teaching license. I applied to WGU for a masters in teaching and I do not remember them asking about my GPA. You could always call them and ask, I have found some excellent admission councilors there.

    I see you have several graded courses from previous schools, this might cause you problems because even though TESC might not give you a GPA some grad schools will calculate your GPA from all graded credits. For me the 9 graded credits from TESC brought my all inclusive GPA up over 3.1 this was a plus in many ways. Just some food for thought.
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