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Beginners Guide To Getting Cheap/Fast College Credit
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(12-20-2017, 03:59 PM)Life Long Learning Wrote:
(12-20-2017, 03:45 PM)bjcheung77 Wrote: Currently, as of December 20,2017 for those asking me about the current breakdown of pricing.
Break down of the cost of attending either of the three, this does not include any courses/fees you will need to transfer.
TESU Application fee: $75
Residency Wavier fee - Study.com discount: $1800 (Regular $2500)
TESU Capstone - Study.com discount: $1098 (Regular $1500)
Graduation fee: $332
TESU Total: $3305
Link: https://www.tesu.edu/studycom/Costs-Tuition.cfm

COSC Application fee: Waived until Jan 5, 2018
COSC Cornerstone - $1176 at $392/credit  |  $750 ($250/credit for Military)
COSC Capstone - $1176 at $392/credit  |  $750 ($250/credit for Military)
Student Service/Technology Fee: $275 / $68 - Both waived for Military
Graduation fee: $215
COSC Total: $2910 for civilians  |  $1215 for service people
(Yes, it's not that much cheaper than TESU but much harder to find UL courses for transfer)
Link: https://www.charteroak.edu/catalog/curre...t-fees.cfm

Excelsior Course Option - Pricing differs from Multi-Source Option
Residency Credit Requirements: 12 for civilians, 15 for service people
Excelsior Application Fee: None for partnership pricing or service people
Excelsior Capstone Fee: $410/credit | $250/credit for service people
Enrollment/Student Fee: 0
Graduation Fee: $130
Total: Expensive! Choose the Multi-Source Option! ($3,880 for Service People)

Excelsior Multi-Source Option - Pricing differs from Course Option
Residency Credit Requirements: 3 (Capstone)
Military: https://www.excelsior.edu/web/excelsior-...duate-fees
Partner: http://www.excelsior.edu/documents/46041...1057044e71

Excelsior Application Fee: None for partnership pricing or service people
Excelsior Capstone Fee: $410/credit | $250/credit for service people
Enrollment/Student Fee: $1095 for Civilians | $760 for Service People / $495
Graduation Fee: $495
Total: $3315 for civilians | $2500 for service people
(Yes, it's practically identical in pricing with TESU but slightly harder to find UL courses for transfer)


Excelsior College (Veterans)

Excelsior Application Fee: (FREE) None for partnership pricing or Military/Veterans people

Excelsior Capstone Fee: $510/credit for Veterans | $250/credit for still serving service people
Enrollment/Student Fee: $760 for Military/Veterans Multi-Source Enrollment
Graduation Fee: $435 Veterans/Military
Total $2,725.00 BS degree for Veterans (military will be cheaper) Big Grin

Do you know if Veterans spouse or children qualify for this pricing?
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Hello everyone I'm new here. I have a question about CLEP. Have anyone taken any tests yet and if so can you use your notes to test?
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(07-15-2019, 08:37 PM)Live4life Wrote: Hello everyone I'm new here. I have a question about CLEP. Have anyone taken any tests yet and if so can you use your notes to test?

No, you cannot bring any notes with you to use on CLEP tests.  The testing center should provide you with a piece of scratch paper if you desire and you can use that to write down any notes once the test has started.
BALS-Humanities from TESU - June 2019

CLEP - A&I Lit, US History 1, US History 2, West Civ 1, Intro Sociology, American Lit, Humanities, Soc. Sci & History, English Lit
Sophia - Intro to Info Tech, Art History 1, Visual Communications, Managing Conflict, Building Effective Teams
Study - Personal Finance, Comm 120, Math 97, Bus 121, Lib Sci 101, Eng 104, Nutrition 101, Eng 105, His 108, Pol. Sci 102, Earth Sci 104, His 308, Bus 313, His 102, Eng 305, His 105, His 106, His 306, Geometry 101, Bus 324, Com 102
Institutes - Insurance Ethics
TESU - Cornerstone, Music History 2 TECEP, LIB Capstone
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Hi, I'm brand new to the forum.  I'm trying to find out what my quickest/easiest was to earn my BSBA degree from one of the big 3.  I have 21 years in retail management experience plus I have my real estate license in the state of Texas.  I also have a handful of credits from over 20 years ago.  For arguments sake, let's just assume I'm starting from ground zero.  Is it worth it to try and and get some credit for my prior knowledge or, would it be easier to just take clep exams?  I have a good job in retail right now but, who knows what the future.  Any information would be greatly appreciated!
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(07-18-2019, 11:56 AM)dfwdegree Wrote: Hi, I'm brand new to the forum.  I'm trying to find out what my quickest/easiest was to earn my BSBA degree from one of the big 3.  I have 21 years in retail management experience plus I have my real estate license in the state of Texas.  I also have a handful of credits from over 20 years ago.  For arguments sake, let's just assume I'm starting from ground zero.  Is it worth it to try and and get some credit for my prior knowledge or, would it be easier to just take clep exams?  I have a good job in retail right now but, who knows what the future.  Any information would be greatly appreciated!

Welcome, but this is a sticky overview thread (not a general Q&A).  You should start a new thread - this way you will get a proper response. You're in the right place for guidance, just have not posted in the right area. - other than that start on the forum's wiki site: https://degreeforum.miraheze.org/wiki/Degree_Forum_Wiki

Thomas Edison State University (TESU) 
- BSBA General Management, December 2018
- ASNSM in Computer Science, December 2018
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#46
Hi, I have no credits, and am planning on applying for a program that requires a bachelor's degree. What would be the best (cheap, quick) route to get it?
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#47
(11-23-2018, 09:00 PM)bjcheung77 Wrote: Post #18 is outdated on fees - As of November 2018, for those asking me about the current breakdown of pricing.
Break down of the cost of attending the Big 3 and WGU, this does not include any courses/fees you will need to transfer.

COSC Fees
$50 App fee
$225 Grad fee
$284 Student fee
$70 Tech fee
$2448 Capstone & Cornerstone
$3077 Total
https://www.charteroak.edu/catalog/curre...t-fees.php

Excelsior Fees
Excelsior Application Fee: None for partnership pricing (SL/Study.com)
Excelsior Capstone Fee: $410/credit
Enrollment/Student Fee: $1095 / $495
Graduation Fee: $495
Total: $3315
https://www.excelsior.edu/costs-and-fina...ergraduate

TESU Fees
$75 App fee
$332 Grad fee
$300 Cornerstone fee
$2200 Residency Waiver
$1098 TESU Capstone
$4005 Total
https://www.tesu.edu/studycom/costs-tuition

WGU IT Undergraduate programs
Tuition $3,225
Resource Fee $145
Program Fee $150
Total: $3520
https://www.wgu.edu/financial-aid-tuitio...grees.html

WGU Business Undergraduate programs
Tuition $3,225
Resource Fee $145
Program Fee $0
Total: $3370
https://www.wgu.edu/financial-aid-tuitio...grees.html

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Is there an updated version of this data?
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Seeking advice/answers/opinions from the DegreeForum Geniuses. I filled out the Q/A template from bjcheung77.

1) Basic info about yourself: A mini introduction and degree you are looking for!
Hi,
I am a stay at home mom with not much “me time”. I would like to obtain a bachelor’s degree for better paying employment options when my youngest goes to school in a couple years. Ideally, I would like to work an office position in a school district or a city government job. Before children, I worked in administrative assistant/customer service office positions. I think a Business Administration and/or Accounting would be appropriate for me, possibly HR. I was very happy to stumble on this site and get ideas from all the incredible contributors. It is mind-blowing to find out that there are such cheaper options than community college or online degree mills. 
I have some credits. I am a quick learner, okay tester. I used to be “smart” before getting a “mom-brain”. I typically did well in math and English. I feel like I could get back into the swing of studying.  I have read the guide, wiki, several posts and still have questions. I am far from a testing site. I have small segments of time (often with distractions\disruptions) throughout the week and would prefer to do everything online. I am interested in getting as many credits as possible to transfer to WGU. My concern with WGU is how many terms it would take me to finish the remaining 30 credits and difficulty passing the courses with time constraints. I am also interested in the Big 3, but a little unsure about how hard it would be to finalize a degree. I like the credit options with Saylor, Study, Straighterline, etc.   I do not qualify for financial aid and we have some savings and credit. I would like to spend less than $10k. I would like to find the easy, fast, cheap option and most importantly, the smartest degree route.
Update on Question 4: How busy are you? How much time do you have to spend on studying?  Do you have family/kids that you have to attend to?  Have you done a search for answers to your questions on the forum or through a search engine?
I am very busy with two energetic, time consuming boys, a senior dog and a puppy, an taking care of an overworked/overstressed husband. I usually do the brunt of all housework, cooking, cleaning and parenting duties.  It may sound easy to be a stay at home mom, but it is a lot for me. I do not get help with my children pretty much ever. I also babysit other children. To give you an idea, I worked on a big craft project before the holidays and it took a month of staying up until 2 AM every night because that was the only way I could actually have time to work on something by myself. I finished but I was exhausted. For my degree, I figure with taking one course at a time, I can study in small segments throughout the day/at night and work at my own pace.  I am not looking for sympathy or a handout, I just need help figuring out the best plan of action.
I have searched for answers and read many posts on the forum.  I am looking for personal advice from the great minds here.
Have you read the Beginners Guide? http://degreeforum.wikia.com/wiki/The_Basic_Approach - Y
Have you read the Wiki?
http://degreeforum.wikia.com/wiki/Degree_Forum_Wiki
- Y
Do you have any certificates? Credits from previous studies? -
Y
2) Answer the following questions, so I can better gauge which of the 3 you're looking at - cheap, easy, or fast.
A) Are you close to a testing site for CLEP? How far and how long would it take you to get there and back?
No and I would prefer to do online.
B) Do you have time to study and test at a site or would you rather do everything online for a little extra in price?
Rather do online for extra price.
C) What is your price range you're looking at for the degree and time you want to set to complete the degree?
I would like to get a bachelor’s under $10K by the end of 2022.
D) Are you leaning towards cheap, easy, fast or a combo of them all? Rank them in priority.
Easy, cheap, Fast.

3) Have you applied to the school of choice, are you currently enrolled (taking a course)? Y/N

I applied to WGU for free, received credit evaluation. Then I discovered DegreeForum.  Have not applied anywhere else yet or started any courses. Interested in Big 3 also.
Do you have an academic evaluation? Y/N - If yes, copy/paste the evaluation.
Accepted transfers from WGU for BASB Accounting: English Comp 1, Intro to Humanities, Principles of Economics.
If no, enter all your credits you have completed and note the school/course you took and grade.
Transcripts:
Santa Monica College (Community, CA) 2001
·         Philosphy 1- C
·         Intro to Photography -B
Pierce College- (Community, WA) 2003
·         Econ 110 Survey of Economics -3.6
·         English 101 -3.6
·         POLS 201 Intro to Politics & Govt -4
·         ENG 232 Creative Short Stories- 2
Cont> 

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4) 
What I need is – advice, opinions and answers –

·         What are the Big 3 like after you apply and through graduation? Are they helpful? Is it a simple process? Are there many obstacles? Which one do you prefer? Is there an updated price comparison or degree plan spreadsheet available?
·         Which degree would be the easiest to work on and comprehend? Business Admin, Accounting, Human Resources. There are jobs that I am interested in that would probably correspond with either of these. Or should I just use my current credits and work on a BALS.
·         In your opinion, should I finish 90 credits and transfer to WGU or plan on one of the Big 3 from the start? Any opinions on WGU?
·         How long would you estimate it taking me to get through each step?
·         Any advice?
I understand there are a lot of questions. Any advice or recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thank you for all you work on this site.
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