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(03-15-2019, 11:19 AM)MNomadic Wrote:
(03-15-2019, 11:12 AM)MNomadic Wrote: Just thought I'd mention this course:

The ASU Earned Admission/Global Freshman Academy introduction to programming course is $400. Not the cheapest but certainly better than taking it at TESU.
The next offering is August. I believe SDC is working on an intro to programming course so that MAY be ACE approved at some point. If it's not approved by August time then(if I were in your shoes) I'd plan on taking the ASU course in August. There are potentially a handful of other online CC or University courses that may be cheaper but will probably have more hoops to jump through and space would be limited.

Excellent find MNomadic, $400 is definitely more palatable than paying $1k at TESU. Also hoping that SDC course would be ACE approved soon. Given a choice I would want to finish the entire degree via SL and SDC as CLEP/DSST testing centers are not available from where I live. 

Although I am not the thread starter, but you guys have been addressing my question on Introduction to Programming credit alternative besides the one offered by OD. This is an extremely helpful and knowledgeable forum, huge thanks to everyone who answered my question and even laid out the complete course fees for us newbies who are not even U.S. citizens.  Cool
(03-15-2019, 11:07 AM)Merlin Wrote:
(03-15-2019, 10:33 AM)shadowgem Wrote: @robert - Are you able to take courses with Straighterline? I think the SL C++ course may fit the computer programming requirement, but I'm not 100% sure on that. I would definitely double check before taking it. 

FYI, it does not meet that requirement because it doesn't come in as an Intro to Programming course, but rather a programming language course. Currently, only the online alt.ed. provider course that meets the BACS Intro to Programming requirement is the one from If you cannot take that, then you'll need to find another means to meet that requirement (just like data structures). Both of these can be taken from TESU directly, but there are other online schools (community colleges, for example) where you can take them which are cheaper than TESU.

Thanks for clarifying that Merlin. I figured that would be the case, but definitely wasn't sure one way or another. 

@MNomadic that ASU course is an excellent find for International students. Thank you for sharing.

As for the amount of money and time finishing the degree may take you, I feel that with careful planning and being resourceful you can certainly cut down on both from the rough estimate of ~$10k total. The more knowledgeable you are in a subject area prior to beginning any course the easier and therefore faster it will be to complete. Since most of the courses are self paced, the largest advantage imo is that you can spend the time necessary to explore subjects you may not have previous experience in and learn at the pace that is comfortable for you. Watch free MOOC courses, read free College Textbooks found online, binge on Khan Academy or Hippo Campus, watch Youtube Crash Courses, etc to prepare for free prior to taking a course. Then when you do pay for the course or exam the course content will be much more familiar even if the delivery is different and it may help you get through the lessons more quickly. 

For example as suggested if you take advantage of the free Khan Academy courses to learn the math required, when you sign up for Aleks you should be able to complete the College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Statistics courses very quickly as all you are doing at that point is proving (via the exam) that you have already learned the information required for a College level course. 9 credits via 3 exams for $20 will reduce your cost from approximately $300 to only $20, a savings of $280. Likewise all of the content for Saylor courses are completely free. That means you can study the material and take the practice exams until you are fairly confident you can pass the Final exam for free and at your own pace. At $25 per proctored exam, every course you could complete via Saylor would reduce the rough $100 per course estimate and save you $75 per course. And absolutely take advantage of the free credits mentioned in the WIKI. Those 15 credit alone would save you $500 on the overall cost of your degree plan. With studying independently using Khan Academy and then taking the Aleks exams, taking just a couple of Saylor courses, and earning the completely free credits, you could save easily close to $1000 or more over the entire cost of the degree. 

Another way to possibly save some money is if you are able to complete more than two courses in a month at SDC. The College Accelerator plan allows you to take two exams per month, but you have access to all courses during your monthly membership. If you are motivated and have the time, study more than two courses during each month. You can pay for an additional exams during your membership month for only $70 each. This is where careful planning can really be helpful to you. SDC has many courses that overlap, meaning the lessons/quizzes you take in one course may also complete lessons in other courses. Research here on the forums some recommended courses that have overlapping materials and if you are able, plan to take those courses during the same time period. This can help reduce both time and cost. And while $30 savings may not seem like much, every $30 you save could be added to your budget to take one Saylor exam essentially for free. 

Also some content providers run promotions and offer regular coupons. Straighterline comes to mind for almost always having some kind of coupon going on. If you plan to take courses via SL, keep an eye out for any promotion they may have going on. For example some times they offer buy 1 course, get 1 free deals.

And while atm there are not any alternatives to the Intro to Programming for International Students and Data Structures for all, that may (hopefully) change in the future. If I were in your shoes I would map out a degree plan using as many alternative credit providers as possible, being sure to complete all of the free courses first and then start working on the cheapest course alternatives, such as provided by Aleks and Saylor. Work your way up to the more expensive courses as time and money allows. I would then wait until I was closer to finishing all but the remaining four courses that lack alternative course/exam options currently (Intro to Programming, Data Structures, and the TESU Cornerstone/Capstone) and keep checking here regularly to see if any alternative options come up for those two courses. If not, hopefully you were able to save some costs along the way to make the $400 ASU course and the additional Data Structure course more affordable over all. It's always a bit more challenging when money is tight, but don't let that stop you from moving forward towards you goal. Do what you can, as you can afford it and eventually you will reach your goal.  Smile
Guys may i learn that tesu courses that i have to take 6 credits i guess does it require to live in the U.S. Because i don't live in the U.S. And i will take all my courses online. And i saw that some of the courses requires that you should be an exam in a real classroom.
(03-16-2019, 05:08 AM)mgmar22 Wrote: Guys may i learn that tesu courses that i have to take 6 credits i guess does it require to live in the U.S. Because i don't live in the U.S. And i will take all my courses online. And i saw that some of the courses requires that you should be an exam in a real classroom.

Yes, you need to take 6 credits (two courses) from TESU, however, these are online courses so you do not have to attend a physical classroom. It doesn't matter whether you're in the U.S. or not, it is the same for everyone. We have several non-US students on this forum who are currently attending, or previously attended, TESU for their degree.
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(03-16-2019, 05:08 AM)mgmar22 Wrote: Guys may i learn that tesu courses that i have to take 6 credits i guess does it require to live in the U.S. Because i don't live in the U.S. And i will take all my courses online. And i saw that some of the courses requires that you should be an exam in a real classroom.

TESU exams are done online through ProctorU.  No in-person requirement.
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