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Comparing costs of 2 TESU degrees
#1
Hey guys!

Are my rough calculations on target? I live in NJ and am currently enrolled in the 2019A catalog.

I understand that I must pay for these 2 courses:

Cornerstone SOS-110 = 3 credits = $1,125

Lib Arts Capstone = 3 credits = $1,125

(Study.com discount) $375 x 6 = $2,250

If I went with Liberal Arts degree, must tack on Residency waiver = $2,200

For Liberal Arts degree, TESU fees (not including grad fee, etc) = $4,450


If I went with BA in Communications degree, tack on tuition, $375 x 16 = $6,000

The residency waiver is canceled out by the taking at least 16 credits.

Cornerstone SOS-110 = 3 credits
Lib Arts Capstone = 3 credits
(can't get through alt credit) COM-120: Mass communications 1 = 3 credits
(can't get through alt credit) COM-121: Mass commmunications 2 = 3 credits
(can't get through alt credit) COM-100: Communication theory = 3 credits

For Communications degree, TESU fees (not including grad fee, etc) = $6,000


Does that sound right?

More or less a difference of $1550 and more time since those additional classes are 12 weeks long, but I should be able to take cornerstone, mass comm I, and comm theory at the same time?

Thanks!

Danielle
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#2
I'm not sure, but I think you can take four TECEPs, which along with the Capstone and Cornerstone will allow to not pay the residency waiver for the BALS.
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#3
(03-23-2019, 07:47 AM)CarpeDiem8 Wrote: Hey guys!

Are my rough calculations on target? I live in NJ and am currently enrolled in the 2019A catalog.

I understand that I must pay for these 2 courses:

Cornerstone SOS-110 = 3 credits = $1,188

Lib Arts Capstone = 3 credits = $1,188


If I went with Liberal Arts degree, must tack on Residency waiver = $2,220

For Liberal Arts degree = $4,576 


If I went with BA in Communications degree, tack on Comprehensive Tuition Plan, $396 x 16 = $6,336

The residency waiver is canceled out by the tuition plan.

Cornerstone SOS-110 = 3 credits
Lib Arts Capstone = 3 credits
(can't get through alt credit) COM-120: Mass communications 1 = 3 credits
(can't get through alt credit) COM-121: Mass commmunications 2 = 3 credits
(can't get through alt credit) COM-610: Communication theory = 3 credits

For Communications degree = $6,336


Does that sound right?

It looks more or less a difference of $1760 and more time since those additional classes are 12 weeks long, but I should be able to take cornerstone, mass comm I, and comm theory at the same time?

Thanks!

Danielle
Isn't it 15 credits, not 16? I think I'm missing something unless you plan on taking one credit in anything to avoid the residency fee. Also, you listed the per credit price, not the comprehensive tuition plan.

https://www.tesu.edu/tuition/comprehensive-tuition-plan

If you have Study.com credits to transfer, you can get a discount on both plans. The comprehensive plan with study.com discount for NJ residents is somewhere on this forum, I think, but I couldn't find it.

I'm shocked that a 600-level class is being required for a bachelor's degree and don't think I've ever seen that. I have a master's degree in communications and it's pretty useless. I had reasons for getting it at the time, but things didn't pan out.

Are you going to get a master's degree? If so, a bachelor's degree in any liberal arts will suffice. I mention that just in case.
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6/11/2019: Study - Computer Architecture ($70)
6/07/2019: Study - Calculus ($80)
5/29/2019: Study - Computer Science 303: Database Management ($80)
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(03-23-2019, 09:16 AM)udi Wrote: https://www.tesu.edu/tuition/comprehensive-tuition-plan

If you have Study.com credits to transfer, you can get a discount on both plans. The comprehensive plan with study.com discount for NJ residents is somewhere on this forum, I think, but I couldn't find it.

I'm shocked that a 600-level class is being required for a bachelor's degree and don't think I've ever seen that. I have a master's degree in communications and it's pretty useless. I had reasons for getting it at the time, but things didn't pan out.

Are you going to get a master's degree? If so, a bachelor's degree in any liberal arts will suffice. I mention that just in case.


Hey udi! Thanks for your help!

I was going by this: https://www.tesu.edu/tuition/per-credit

"Residency Requirement

Students who select the Per Credit Tuition Plan (excluding those who enroll under a military plan) with the intention of earning an associates or bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State University must complete 16 credits via Thomas Edison State University Online (OL), Guided Study (GS) or e-Pack (EP) courses. This requirement may be waived by paying the Residency Waiver fee."


So you're right, it's not the comprehensive plan, it's the per credit.

Sorry I got the words mixed up.

And, you're right, the Study.com discount is here: https://www.tesu.edu/studycom/costs-tuition. so $375 vs. $396 per credit.

Also, sorry for the misunderstanding on the Communication theory course name. I searched on the TESU website for it and that is what came up and I wasn't thinking, my bad. COM-100. I will edit my original post, thanks!


Danielle
TESU for BA in Psychology with ASNAM in CS
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working on 4 now - Sophia.org: Intro to Stats, Psych, and Sociology + Envir Science
Next up - TEEX Cyber courses, Study.com for Eng Comp II, then AOS courses
Grad goal - June 2020
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Completed - 
28 cr from B&M CC
The Institute: Ethics
CSMlearn 
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#5
Oh, okay. That makes sense. If you really want the communications degree, it might make sense to take those three courses locally, if you can.

Also, if you decide to go with the liberal arts degree, COSC may actually be cheaper. I actually think Exelsior might even be cheaper now because you can transfer in 117 credits still.
Udi's Completed Courses (for credit)

7/01/2019: Study - Cybersecurity Policies and Management
6/27/2019: Study - Management Information Systems ($80)
6/23/2019: Study - Data Structures and Algorithms ($80)
6/18/2019: Study - Intro to Programming ($70)
6/11/2019: Study - Computer Architecture ($70)
6/07/2019: Study - Calculus ($80)
5/29/2019: Study - Computer Science 303: Database Management ($80)
4/25/2019: Study - Systems Analysis & Design ($70)
4/22/2019: Study - Discrete Math ($80)
4/15/2019: Study - Intro to Operation Systems ($80)
3/15/2019: Saylor - Introduction to Computer Science I ($25)
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#6
Yeah, COSC doesn't thrill me with their degrees, I would need higher level math, and since I live in NJ it would be cool to attend graduation. I also have a cert from Rutgers U, so I like keeping things local on my resume. So I've been stuck on TESU for a couple of years now. 

If my calculations are correct, then an extra 1500 doesn't seem like a huge dealbreaker to me (when the whole BA is a steal anyway).

A BA in Communications just may "sound" better than a BA in Liberal Arts to my present employer who has a heavy emphasis on their employees having a degree (most have BA in English, Sociology, Comm, etc).

Danielle Smile
TESU for BA in Psychology with ASNAM in CS
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working on 4 now - Sophia.org: Intro to Stats, Psych, and Sociology + Envir Science
Next up - TEEX Cyber courses, Study.com for Eng Comp II, then AOS courses
Grad goal - June 2020
Degree plans (ever-evolving)
Completed - 
28 cr from B&M CC
The Institute: Ethics
CSMlearn 
Study.com: Psy 104, His 108, Edu 104, Edu 103, Pol Sci 102, Comm 120
Sophia.org: Conflict Resolution, Human Biology, Visual Comm, US History I + II, Intro to IT, An.Gr.Philosopher
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#7
Sorry to derail, but what kind of reputation does TESU have within NJ? is it relatively unknown? Is it looked down on as an "online" school? or is it just another school? In general, do people think about it all that much?
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(03-23-2019, 10:00 AM)jsd Wrote: Sorry to derail, but what kind of reputation does TESU have within NJ? is it relatively unknown? Is it looked down on as an "online" school? or is it just another school? In general, do people think about it all that much?

I think people in New Jersey have heard of it and understand it to be an "adult" school, speaking as a Gen X NJ resident. I don't think many people are aware that it is necessarily online, though. It doesn't have the same connotation as U of Phoenix or Strayer, for example, is what I've gathered.

HTH!
TESU for BA in Psychology with ASNAM in CS
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working on 4 now - Sophia.org: Intro to Stats, Psych, and Sociology + Envir Science
Next up - TEEX Cyber courses, Study.com for Eng Comp II, then AOS courses
Grad goal - June 2020
Degree plans (ever-evolving)
Completed - 
28 cr from B&M CC
The Institute: Ethics
CSMlearn 
Study.com: Psy 104, His 108, Edu 104, Edu 103, Pol Sci 102, Comm 120
Sophia.org: Conflict Resolution, Human Biology, Visual Comm, US History I + II, Intro to IT, An.Gr.Philosopher
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#9
Thank you!
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(03-23-2019, 08:57 AM)jbwyo Wrote: I'm not sure, but I think you can take four TECEPs, which along with the Capstone and Cornerstone will allow to not pay the residency waiver for the BALS.

TECEPs don't count towards residency, unless you're on the military plan. They did once upon a time, but not for a few years now.
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