ONLINE Schools??

Stella - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 37 moms have responded )

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I already have an AS degree in Business, but would like to go back to school to finish my degree, and start teaching jr high or high school.
I know with my schedule i would not be able to go to traditional college classes... but most of the well known online schools are very expensive.
Anyone have any suggestions, or experiences with online classes?
Thanks!!

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Jen - posted on 01/21/2010

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I am 31 years old and started @ University of Phoenix last August. I'm on my third set of classes. I go full time and take two classes at a time. I really love going to school online, because I can still spend time with my kids. I have two that live with me. They are in the 3rd grade. You can get a pell grant for online schooling too. For every two classes I take it is $2,210.00 and that includes online material like e-books. If you have any more questions feel free to ask. I 'll try to answer your questions.

Carole - posted on 12/25/2009

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Hello, Stella,
I have been an online student for about 4 years now, working on a bachelor's degree in IT. I have transferred twice to different online schools for different reasons, so I still have a little while to go before my degree is completed. Here are some of the lessons I have learned along the way, in hopes that you will go into your education ahead of the game:

1.There is a variety of online schedules so that you can find a school that fits your schedule best. For example, my first school was on weekly rotations, with assignments due on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. If I missed the due date, I lost points on my grade; that didn't work well for me. The school I go to now is also on a weekly rotation, but all of my assignments are due on the last day of the week - much more flexible for me.

2. Some schools require you to pay for books separately, just like land-based colleges, and others include books in your tuition.

3. Make sure your online college makes all of your expenses available to you! I left my second school because I could not get itemized lists of what my thousands of dollars of Student Loans were being spent on.

4. Commit to the work. Sometimes it gets tough, but just communicate with your instructors and stick with it!

Good luck in your pursuits! As a mother, you could qualify for Pell Grants - which do not have to be repaid - and low-interest Student Loans. Plus, you can also get a tax credit for continuing your education!

Lequita - posted on 12/23/2009

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i think that you might want to try university of phoenix. they work with you to help you pay fot your classes also. when you fill out the fafsa you can apply for other scholarships!! also look for scholarship websites that help you keep up deadlines and everything.

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Tdsolps - posted on 05/11/2015

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I started at UofP and was there for a year making straight A's. I had taken the advice from my fiance that traditional school would be a lighter load. A friend told me otherwise because she had done both and enjoyed online. I ended up taken my fiance advice. Once starting I realized I no longer had 1 class, but 4. I have a large problem taking test with any type of noise, so when it came to 100 queation test I failed every one of them. I just completed my semester. I already know what 2 of my classes grades are and those are E's. My third class was sitting at a D before a test, teacher told me I had to get 4 right to get a C. This brought on a lot of fustration since I previously had a 4.0 GPA. I realized that when my fiance had went to traditional school was before he had a family or kids. He also stayed on campus. I have a family and I done 4 classes on campus, 3 we're on the same day twice a week. Those days when I got home I was tired. Running a house hold and only seeing my fiance on weekends and all classes hitting me with assignments at once was a struggle. Many times my assignments we're late because of not being able to get to them until the last minute which they always ended up taking longer than expected. With my family schedule I seen thar traditional school was not for me anylonger. If I was going to study on weekends, then I would not see my fiance at all. He only came in from his job on the weekends. Basically I never had a lot of time while having family also. So yes I think both can be benifical for a person depending on their life at that moment. Coming straight from high school, traditional is probably the better choice. An older adult juggling their life already then I have to say online. I'm looking forward to going back and seeing those A's again and get my GPA back up lol.

Heather - posted on 04/11/2011

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I take courses online through Phoenix University. No it's not cheap, but you're basically paying for the convienence. It costs about 9400 per course year. I did get a good chunk from the pell grant though. You have to post 2 posts on 4 different days a week, and there is one main assignment due at the end of every week. The weeks run from monday to sunday too, so you litterally have all week to work on your school work. Im not saying it's easy. I have to push myself and read then re-read most of the material because of the lack of a teacher to actually speak to face to face. There are teachers available though both through email and phone if you need them. This school really does everything they can to help you succeed.

Jennifer - posted on 04/01/2011

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I attend Western Governors University online and am in my 3rd semester. WGU assigns each student a mentor in their field of study so that you always have someone to talk to and act as a resource. My 1st semester was intense as I had an outside event conflict with my schedule, but I did survive.
For the poster who remarked about OLD Dominion University being a strictly on-line university, they are a brick and mortar institution that was established in 1930; however, they, like nearly all Virginia universities and colleges, have established some fantastic distance learning programs as part of an aggreement with the Virginia Community College system. Great school with great programs.

Jennifer - posted on 04/01/2011

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I attend Western Governors University online and am in my 3rd semester. WGU assigns each student a mentor in their field of study so that you always have someone to talk to and act as a resource. My 1st semester was intense as I had an outside event conflict with my schedule, but I did survive.
For the poster who remarked about OLD Dominion University being a strictly on-line university, they are a brick and mortar institution that was established in 1930; however, they, like nearly all Virginia universities and colleges, have established some fantastic distance learning programs as part of an aggreement with the Virginia Community College system. Great school with great programs.

Tara - posted on 01/23/2010

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I'm almost finished with my Bachelor's in Criminal Justice, at University of Phoenix Online. I would rate it fairly neutral. I mean, I'm definitely grateful and proud that I only have one class left and I've been able to maintain my focus while taking care of my 2 year old son and being pregnant again. :)

Mycahmyckel - posted on 01/22/2010

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I attend online classes at Grand Canyon University. Been going for 2 yrs now. I love it....

Valerie - posted on 01/21/2010

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Hello Stella,

I would say online schooling would be the way to go. It's easy, flexible and works around your schedule. I have been to two different schools so far Kaplan University was my first was there for two years for Medical Transcription, decided to change majors at the last minute went to University of Phoenix for a short time and now I am following my heart going for medical billing & coding specialist Associates Degree at Lincoln Tech online. You meet a lot of great people from all over the country and even different parts of the world.

I would have to agree with you on them being a little expensive but it all pays for itself in the end. I would just recommend that you find a major you are truly wanting to major in. And don't do what I did go through two schools before you find something you truly want to do.

You have to have the motivation, determination to turn you projects and assignments in on time. What I experienced at UOP was we had learning teams each semester and we had to do a learning team that we had to work in groups that held about 3-6 people. It made things interesting; we learned from one another. At Kaplan we had live seminars bout twice a week one or even the same day depending on the classes you took. It was pretty cool. Both of the schools I attended so far were good just wasn't interested in the majors that much. I am excited I start Lincoln University next month on the 8th. I feel I've finally found something that I want to do which is billing so I decided to make this one last switch so I can began my career.

I wish you the best of luck in your search of online classes!

Kimbre - posted on 01/21/2010

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I am taking classes through American Military University but they are associated with American Public University System. The classes are all the same price and I pay $750 per class and with an undergrad degree they send you your books for free!! So far I have really liked it and it fits well into my schedule. They offer classes every few months and you can take either 16 week or 8 week classes. In November I took three 8 week classes and was finished by December 27th. I wish you the best of luck in your search and if you have any questions let me know!

Crystal - posted on 01/21/2010

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I am getting my bachelors in Psychology at Ashford and I love the school been there going on 2 years now.

Chasity - posted on 01/20/2010

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Actually I am a current online student with Harrison College out of INdianapolis, and i find it a lot better during my weekly times. although I will tell you that you have to learn to manage things differently, and depending on how you work with studies you need down time for yourself. I encourage you to look at it, it has helped me out and I have gained a lot of skills from it. It is a lot cheaper gas wise too. Just a quick hint.

Jesse - posted on 01/20/2010

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I love online classes. I actually completed all my general education classes online and am now working on a BSW online too. It is a little pricey, but if you can't attend traditional college it is so worth it!

Carrie - posted on 01/20/2010

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I am taking online classes now and I love them! I dont have to be away from my little man and I can do work at my own pase. As far as tuition goes I am not sure. My schooling is paid for cause I am a single mom.

Tara - posted on 01/18/2010

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I'm attending the university of phoenix its not that expensive and you can apply for grants.

Danielle - posted on 01/18/2010

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I am attending Ashford University online, and I am taking courses to be a Teacher. If you have transferrable credits then you would probably only have a year or so to go at Ashford and then you would transfer, online, to Rio Salado and take your teacher certification classes. The only thing I have been told that I wont be able to take online is my 9 weeks of student teaching, to complete the course, and then of course the Praxis Exam. If you are interested in learning more please let me know and I will have my enrollment advisor provide you with info.

Rosalind - posted on 01/17/2010

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I went to University of Phoenix on-line. Pretty expensive; however, I qualify for the Pell Grant and Student Loan through Sallie Mae. That's how I did it. The only problem I had is that on-line classes are very intense and it takes lots of dedication and self-discipline to be successful. Hope this helps.

Haley - posted on 01/17/2010

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I am taking classes through Old Dominion University in Virginia. They are strictly online so I get to stay home with my daughter and earn a degree at the same time! I am a junior right now and will be graduating in 2011 with my bachelor's in education. I love all of my classes and they are very flexible and easy to work with.



Hope this helps!!!!



Good luck!! =]

Eboni - posted on 01/17/2010

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reading all of these responds has really opened my eyes to attend school online nd im applying for classes right now thank you so much

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I have attended University of Phoenix for about 1 year, and I took ground classes, not online. I only had to go to class one night a week. I enjoyed the ground classes at Phoenix more than the online classes, to me they were easier than online. I recently decided to switch to CSUglobalcampus. The degree will come from Colorado State University and will appear no different than a brick and mortar school. It is a good option if they have the degree program you are looking for. I loved Phoenix format, and I learned more there than my early years out of high school into community college. Many community and state colleges now offer online programs. What I like about some of these "online schools" though is that they offer compressed 5 week classes that allow you to concentrate on one class at a time and a full semester is done before you know it. I feel I made up on a lot of lost ground (time) this way. Some of the traditional and brick and mortar schools, the formatting is still on a full semester, full load setup, which is just too much for most mom's with young children. I had to take one evening a week or a saturday morning to study or write papers, but was able to keep up with that small of a time committment. Power to you in your search and endeavor in continuing being a mom and student. It will be worth it.

Holly - posted on 01/13/2010

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I have been taking online classes for about 5 years now. I am going through the art institute so it is a little more expensive. but i love the fact of not having to leave the kids somewhere just to continue my education. it is so helpful to be able to wait till they are sleeping to do my homework too.

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I have been at Ashford U for over 2 years now and I love it. Fulltime is one class at a time and they classes are 5 weeks long with typical college days off because they are based on the brick and mortar school in Clinton, IA. The down side is I have to buy books for each class at a cost of about $60 - $120 per class. I actually have found that I dont need books for each class, I manage on my common knowledge. Classes are on one week rotations from Tuesday to Monday, Every Thursday you have typically 2 postings due in response to the weeks questions. Typically on Sundays there is a quiz due. Then on Mondays you have three responses due to the postings of the other students and sometimes a research paper that varies in length and subject.

This works well for me because I know when my assignments are due and will never forget, or miss a deadline. I am not stuck on Sunday nights trying to finish all my homework and ignoring my family, as I have done with other online schools!

Good luck with what you choose!!

Amanda - posted on 01/09/2010

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I like Western Governors University. It's where I go. Really affordable and a good college

Megan - posted on 01/09/2010

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Hi Stella. I have been attending University of Phoenix for 3 years now and it is great! To be considered a full time students you only have to take 2 classes at a time and they are 9 weeks long. What I have noticed is that there is a lot of writing papers, thought I feel that it is very simple. If you are wanting to attend school online, Phoenix is the way!

Kathy - posted on 01/08/2010

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I attend Franklin University, which is regionally accreditted. That's the key- accreditation. Do some digging with the Dept. Of Education in your state, and find out the requirement for teaching, approved programs, and the accreditation organizations. I have just entered my last trimester @ Franklin, graduating with my bachelor in Business, as you seek, I presume. I'm also returning to teach jr. Hi or hig school, and these have been excellent resources for me. I have found, for teaching programs, Notre Dame College of Ohio, NCStateUniversity, and many other reputable programs offer teacher licensure & M.Ed programs online. Tuition has many times proven less with these than those like Univ. Of Phoenix, Colorado Tech, Kaplan, etc. Dig around on the education site. You'll find everything you need there! Good luck on finishing your dreams!

Joan - posted on 01/08/2010

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Hello, I am currently taking online program. I am actually taking Early Childhood Education on getting my certificate and then going to work on getting my diplomia. I have a 5yr old daughter in kindergarten and 21month old son who me and my husband watch before he is old enough to go to nursery. I currently taking 2 courses at a time right now and in my 2nd semester. I am enjoying it and I know it's going to be awhile before I finish it but it will be all worth it at the end because I know i am doing this for me and my family.

Tamesha - posted on 01/06/2010

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I have done the traditional college classes when I got out of high years ago. But I have recently finished classes from Virginia College and will be recieiving my Criminal Justice degree in Feburary. I foung that in order to enjot taking online classes you have to be passionate about what you are majoring in. I love Criminal Justice so that made it a whole lot better to do the school work. You have to reasearch based on your major first to see who offers the best programs. Then you have to go by your financial means of paying for school. Find out about all the free financial aid you can get because it helps. I was going to school online, working a part-time job, and joggling two kids when I was in school. Its not hard at all you just have to apply yourself and get out there to help yourself because its not going to come to you. Good luck on your journey.

Laquilla "Treci" - posted on 01/02/2010

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Online School is the Best!!! I am taking some courses towards my Bachelors in Psychology at Ashford University and I love it! I am almost a year into the program and I will be graduating in 9 months. I have a little girl that is 8 months old. i couldn't see doing it any other way. Hope everything turns out good for you!! :-)

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I am currently taking online cources at Ashford U.
ashford.edu
I love it, it doesn't take long to do what is needed
if you want more info email me
marymarine32@yahoo.com

Aimee - posted on 01/02/2010

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Online college isn't for everyone so I would first attempt a class or two through your local college before commiting yourself to a college who is totally online (ie Univ. of Phoenix). I've also realized that more online courses through a local college are cheaper than those who are online only.... good luck!

Melissa - posted on 12/30/2009

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Im attending University of phoenix and they are so helpful in finding loans and financial aid, they help you through every step and are wonderful plus the classes are wonderful.

Sherreka - posted on 12/29/2009

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I know that online classes aren't for me but after doing research for a friend to go to school online I found that many traditional schools offer an online degree if you already have your AS and if you find a local one its a lot more affordable than the well known online schools.

Stella - posted on 12/25/2009

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thank you guys so much!! i am doing alot of research, and all your advice has helped so much!!

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I currently attend Kaplan online and love it! Everyone is so helpful and I am getting full financial aid/grants. It's the only way I could afford to go to school. Classes or terms are 10 wks long, 2 classes per term unless you qualify as honors and want to take 3 classes at that point per term. Great library, math and writing centers, tutors, muliple ways to contact profesors. I'd at least give them a call. Also, I have friends who attend online classes with our local college. They like it.

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I'm taking online classes through a public college where I live and they are affordable and flexible. Look into local colleges, most offer many or all of their classes online with little or no need to ever visit campus. If not I know Kaplan is a great online university and they aren't extremely expensice

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