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BALS - Advice Needed.
#1
Hello-

I'm a newbie and although grateful for the information I have come across on this site, I am feeling somewhat over-whelmed.  

I need advice as to how to obtain a BALS degree fast and affordable. It's basically for me to just be able to "check the box"  As far as the concentration goes, I am leaning towards Business or Human Resources.  

Is it possible to test out for the majority of this degree?  
Is there anyone that is willing to share a degree plan?  I'm open to any of the Big 3 or others...   

I will be starting from scratch; ZERO credits. 

Thanks in advance for any of your advice/guidance!

GaKim
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#2
I've only really dealt with TESU which has recently changed somethings. If you ask there are some great people who do degree planning help
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For a newbie who's starting off, I get them to review the Beginners Guide and the Wiki info. They're a quick run-down on what's available for you to use and gives the most info. Take your time and read that, ask questions in this thread if you are stuck on something.

Now, you should get your ACE account setup and start with the FREE credits, ALEKS, and work the majority of your courses through Onlinedegree.com/StraighterLine.com/Study.com if you want to do everything remotely and at the comfort of home.

Since reading your past and your registration date, you need to get a detailed plan. Click the link to my signature and download the spreadsheets on post #28,#31 to get a glimpse of how a degree plan looks like. Good Luck & Happy Studies!
Done: TESU ASNSM Biology, ASBA/BSBA (ACBSP Accredited in 2017)
Working on: TESU BA Computer Science (June 2019 graduation...)
Deferred: **Deciding on several Masters/PHD programs**

2018 BALS and BSBA Spreadsheet using mainly SL/Study.com (post#28,31)
The Basic Approach | DegreeForum Community Supported Wiki
~Review Beginners Guide sticky for info on TESU BALS/BSBA in 4 months (post #16)~
~Note: Read Wiki guide links for TESU equivalency - CLEP/DSST/SL/Study.com, etc~
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(04-15-2019, 11:54 AM)bjcheung77 Wrote: Now, you should get your ACE account setup and start with the FREE credits, ALEKS, and work the majority of your courses through Onlinedegree.com/StraighterLine.com/Study.com if you want to do everything remotely and at the comfort of home.

Also have a look at the free CLEP vouchers available from modernstates.org if you have a CLEP testing center nearby.
Working On:  WGU MS-ITM (start early 2020), GA Tech OMSC (start early 2021?)
Completed:  WGU BSCSIA (started 10/1/2018, finished 01/11/2019)
Journey Thread:  https://www.degreeforum.net/mybb/Thread-...ersecurity


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(04-15-2019, 12:21 PM)quigongene Wrote:
(04-15-2019, 11:54 AM)bjcheung77 Wrote: Now, you should get your ACE account setup and start with the FREE credits, ALEKS, and work the majority of your courses through Onlinedegree.com/StraighterLine.com/Study.com if you want to do everything remotely and at the comfort of home.  

Also have a look at the free CLEP vouchers available from modernstates.org if you have a CLEP testing center nearby.

Thank you, I will check them out!

(04-15-2019, 11:54 AM)bjcheung77 Wrote: For a newbie who's starting off, I get them to review the Beginners Guide and the Wiki info.  They're a quick run-down on what's available for you to use and gives the most info.  Take your time and read that, ask questions in this thread if you are stuck on something.

Now, you should get your ACE account setup and start with the FREE credits, ALEKS, and work the majority of your courses through Onlinedegree.com/StraighterLine.com/Study.com if you want to do everything remotely and at the comfort of home.  

Since reading your past and your registration date, you need to get a detailed plan.  Click the link to my signature and download the spreadsheets on post #28,#31 to get a glimpse of how a degree plan looks like.  Good Luck & Happy Studies!

I will start there.  I appreciate it!!
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#6
Honestly, for a business degree, WGU might be the quickest and cheapest now. It for sure cheaper than TESU between the two required courses and fees you are looking at a minimum 6k, whereas WGU is less then 4k for 6 months.

Basically, you would earn 90 credits of your degree through alternative methods like test out. Then finish the remaining part at WGU through self-paced online courses, which you would have 6 months to do (or else you will have to pay again).
Goal: Bachelors Degree By 2019
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I forgot to mention in my original post that I will qualify for approx $5000 in financial aid/grant. I did see where it was mentioned that New Mexico Jr College has very low tuition. I'm curious as to whether or not I should take a couple classes through them to start and use any refunded tuition to pay for my SDC or SL courses, etc.. ???
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(04-15-2019, 09:36 PM)GAKim72 Wrote: I forgot to mention in my original post that I will qualify for approx $5000 in financial aid/grant. I did see where it was mentioned that New Mexico Jr College has very low tuition. I'm curious as to whether or not I should take a couple classes through them to start and use any refunded tuition to pay for my SDC or SL courses, etc.. ???

Well then Wgu is really worth looking into because you could use your aid to pay tution there.

But what you said is an option too. People have done it I believe.
Goal: Bachelors Degree By 2019
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#9
It depends really what your end goal is, I would use the $ towards the required two courses at TESU if you're going with them, or COSC, etc. You need to pay for the Cornerstone and Capstone courses, each of the two are $1000+. You can use the aid/grant for paying towards those two courses. If you must take courses at a community college and use the remainder of the grant on TESU/COSC courses, you should take some courses that are to your interest or easy for you to get a good GPA.
Done: TESU ASNSM Biology, ASBA/BSBA (ACBSP Accredited in 2017)
Working on: TESU BA Computer Science (June 2019 graduation...)
Deferred: **Deciding on several Masters/PHD programs**

2018 BALS and BSBA Spreadsheet using mainly SL/Study.com (post#28,31)
The Basic Approach | DegreeForum Community Supported Wiki
~Review Beginners Guide sticky for info on TESU BALS/BSBA in 4 months (post #16)~
~Note: Read Wiki guide links for TESU equivalency - CLEP/DSST/SL/Study.com, etc~
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(04-15-2019, 09:36 PM)GAKim72 Wrote: I forgot to mention in my original post that I will qualify for approx $5000 in financial aid/grant.  I did see where it was mentioned that New Mexico Jr College has very low tuition.  I'm curious as to whether or not I should take a couple classes through them to start and use any refunded tuition to pay for my SDC or SL courses, etc..  ???
Why did you make a new account?
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