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State College vs TESU Price Comparison.
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My sons got an associates degree and needs to finish his bachelors in IT (Cyber Security or General IT). If he is starting from an associates degree would it be cheaper to take the local state college (around 122.85 in Florida per credit hour) for UL or bachelors courses or transfer to TESU. Assuming that he needs to tackle an additional 60 credit hours. I appreciate any information and if this has been done before kindly direct me to the thread.
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#2
60 units @ $123 = $7380 plus other fees not mentioned.

@TESU you can use alternative credit whichever is much cheaper, $33 per credit is a good rule of thumb.

57 units @ $33 = $1881
3 credit Capstone = $1500
Residency waiver = $1800 (assume study.com pricing)
Graduation fee = $332
Total = $5513

A lot of people here like WGU for IT degrees, because they include a bunch of useful certs, and might even be cheaper depending on how fast you can work. Also WGU gives block credit for an associate's, so you'd be sure all GenEds are satisfied.
NanoDegree: Intro to Self-Driving Cars (2019)
Coursera: Stanford Machine Learning (2019)
TESU: BA in Comp Sci (2016)
TECEP:Env Ethics (2015); TESU PLA:Software Eng, Computer Arch, C++, Advanced C++, Data Struct (2015); TESU Courses:Capstone, Database Mngmnt Sys, Op Sys, Artificial Intel, Discrete Math, Intro to Portfolio Dev, Intro PLA (2014-16); DSST:Anthro, Pers Fin, Astronomy (2014); CLEP:Intro to Soc (2014); Saylor.org:Intro to Computers (2014); CC: 69 units (1980-88)

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#3
Would the useful IT CERTs also look good on a resume. A big bonus?:iagree:

davewill Wrote:60 units @ $123 = $7380 plus other fees not mentioned.

@TESU you can use alternative credit whichever is much cheaper, $33 per credit is a good rule of thumb.

57 units @ $33 = $1881
3 credit Capstone = $1500
Residency waiver = $1800 (assume study.com pricing)
Graduation fee = $332
Total = $5513

A lot of people here like WGU for IT degrees, because they include a bunch of useful certs, and might even be cheaper depending on how fast you can work. Also WGU gives block credit for an associate's, so you'd be sure all GenEds are satisfied.
Non-Traditional Undergraduate College Credits (634 SH): *FTCC Noncourse Credits (156 SH) *DSST (78 SH) *CPL (64 SH) *JST Military/ACE (48 SH) *CBA (44 SH) *CLEP (42 SH) *FEMA IS (40 SH) *FEMA EM (38 SH) *ECE/UExcel (30 SH) *PLA Portfolio (28 SH) *EMI/ACE (19 SH) *TEEX/ACE (16 SH) *CWE (11 SH) *NFA/ACE (10 SH) *Kaplan/ACE (3 SH) *CPC (2 SH) *AICP/ACE (2 SH) *Sophia/ACE (2 SH) and *FRTI-UM/ACE (1 SH).
Non-Traditional Graduate College Credits (14 SH): AMU (6 SH); NFHS (5 SH); and JSU (3 SH).
 





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davewill Wrote:60 units @ $123 = $7380 plus other fees not mentioned.

@TESU you can use alternative credit whichever is much cheaper, $33 per credit is a good rule of thumb.

57 units @ $33 = $1881
3 credit Capstone = $1500
Residency waiver = $1800 (assume study.com pricing)
Graduation fee = $332
Total = $5513

A lot of people here like WGU for IT degrees, because they include a bunch of useful certs, and might even be cheaper depending on how fast you can work. Also WGU gives block credit for an associate's, so you'd be sure all GenEds are satisfied.

but a good part of those 57 credits would need to be upper level

where can you get upper level IT credits for $33 ?
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#5
Would your son qualify for a Pell Grant or other financial aid? That's the best benefit of doing it at the local college. Otherwise, WGU or others.
May not finish second TESU degree, but I'm close.
First Masters complete. Working on another.
TESU BSBA (with ASNSM) in March 2018.
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bluebooger Wrote:but a good part of those 57 credits would need to be upper level

where can you get upper level IT credits for $33 ?
Hence the words "rule of thumb". Feel free to get more specific.
NanoDegree: Intro to Self-Driving Cars (2019)
Coursera: Stanford Machine Learning (2019)
TESU: BA in Comp Sci (2016)
TECEP:Env Ethics (2015); TESU PLA:Software Eng, Computer Arch, C++, Advanced C++, Data Struct (2015); TESU Courses:Capstone, Database Mngmnt Sys, Op Sys, Artificial Intel, Discrete Math, Intro to Portfolio Dev, Intro PLA (2014-16); DSST:Anthro, Pers Fin, Astronomy (2014); CLEP:Intro to Soc (2014); Saylor.org:Intro to Computers (2014); CC: 69 units (1980-88)

PLA Tips Thread - TESU: What is in a Portfolio? - InstantCert Credit
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davewill Wrote:Hence the words "rule of thumb". Feel free to get more specific.

yeah, but I expect "rule of thumb." to be maybe 20 or 30% either way
so "$33 per credit is a good rule of thumb." would be $20 or $43 per credit
and I still don't think you're going to find many level IT courses $43 per credit

even if you find an upper level course for $100 per credit that's 3 times more than $33 per credit
I think 300 percent more is hardly rule of thumb

from the OP
"Assuming that he needs to tackle an additional 60 credit hours."
that might be a big assumption
here are the requirements from the University of Central Florida

MAC 1114C College Trigonometry 3 hrs
COP 3223C Introduction to Programming with C 3 hrs
COP 3330 Object Oriented Programming 3 hrs
CGS 2545C Database Concepts 3 hrs
MAD 2104 Foundations of Discrete Math

and those are just the basics

CS Department - Information Technology Requirements

does your son have those yet ?

he many need a lot more than 60 credits

I've heard the "BSBA in Computer Information Systems" get recommended a lot
BSBA Degree in Computer Information Systems at Thomas Edison State University
I have no idea how much it costs
and its actually a "Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Computer Information Systems"
I don't know if that matters
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#8
University of Florida is like $129 for instate yeah ~ ?

60 credits would be around 7740

but if you consider school's ranking and branding... UF and TESU

7k for a UF degree? Seems nice imo.
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#9
Hello there, here's my take. I would highly suggest finishing from the local state college if possible.
The only reason I recommend the Big 3 or competency programs is because of "learning" issues.
Your son is young, doesn't have kids, isn't working full time, there aren't as many barriers to education.

Essentially, the Big 3 and competency programs are geared towards "Adults" that are coming back to finish their education.
Don't get me wrong, it's a great way for people to complete of any age, but is it the right choice for him.
If cost is a factor, choose TESU, I think it will be cheaper if he complete his degree at TESU vs UofF.
Done: TESU ASNSM Biology, ASBA/BSBA (ACBSP Accredited in 2017)
Business & IT Certs: Cisco, CompTIA, 6Sigma/Lean/Scrum, ITIL, MTA, etc
Coursera Google IT Certs & Udacity Nanodegrees

Working on: TESU BA Biology & Computer Science
Universidad Isabel I: ENEB MBA, Big Data & BI, Digital Marketing & E-Commerce
Deferred: **Deciding on several Masters/PHD programs**

2019 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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