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What are some really affordable online options for a bachelors degree? ?

Hi, does anyone have advise on really affordable online options for a bachelors degree? Not sure what I want to major in or study, but any advise would be great. Many something business related would be ideal , or something involving politics 

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  • 1 month ago

    Seems like you're getting ahead of yourself.  If you just want to learn stuff -- no clear path or objective at this point -- you can find all kinds of information at your public library for free.  Read some books.  Check out some audio books or DVDs -- there are all kinds of documentaries and educational courses.  Go on the Internet and looking at Kahn Academy.  

    You can subscribe to services like Netflix or Prime -- which also have a lot of documentaries, or a services like MasterClass.  While not free, it's cheaper than a semester at college and you can get a lot of information from these lectures.

    The least expensive way to earn college credits is through a community college.  Most CCs have some online courses.  This is a great way to try out a few business or political science courses and see if they are for you.  You can also take many of your general education credits this way.

    The cheapest way to complete a BA/BS degree would be to transfer from your local CC to the online program of your state public university.  It is only worth doing that once you are much clearer on the exact major you want and what you want to do with it.  

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  • 1 month ago

    Hold on here! You really are going about this backwards, and the outcome cannot be good when you do something all wrong from the start. 

    1. Decide on a prospective career path. What do you want to do with your life? Where do your talents lie? Your abilities, interests, skills, personality & character traits? What are your strengths & weaknesses, not only academically? What would suit your unique constellation of traits, where's your niche? 

    2. Figure out how to get where you want to go! What's required for success in that field? Not only education & training, but personal characteristics, attributes. What education & training do you need to get a start at this? Where do the job opportunities lie, and is the market for that glutted or is there a shortage? Are you so talented & passionate about this field, prospective career, that you will persevere, outshine the competition, and MAKE it work for you?

    3. Only after you decide what education, training, etc, you will need to break into the field do you start looking at appropriate schooling. google-search universities well respected in that field. IS online degree/training appropriate & acceptable, or not? E.g. for anything which requires background in sciences, you need labs for your science classes, and forget online schools. If you require supervised on-site training (e.g. student teaching, nursing practicums, etc.), again, online education will be sorely lacking in what you need.

    4. Research whether employers in that field consider those with only online degree, vs. those who only consider on-campus - or even restrict recruitment to top-tier universities. Check out indeed, LinkedIn, check backgrounds of senior employees of companies you want to aim for, & see how they got where they are.

    5. Then start applying for admission to appropriate schools in the necessary major.

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  • Laurie
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    1 month ago

    You are going about this backwards. You don’t pick a field of study and then HOPE you can find a job. Unless you are already financially secure, you don’t get a degree just to get a degree. You get a degree so that you can get a JOB. 

    So... first research the job market IN THE AREA WHERE YOU PLAN TO LIVE, and decide what job you are preparing for and THEN choose the academic program that will prepare you for that job.

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  • 1 month ago

    Most state universities now offer online degree programs, and those are the cheapest for state residents. Look at the universities in your state. Do a search for online programs. 

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