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I want to finish my degree, but I am limited financially (five kids). I have 61 semester hours (3.66 GPA). I would like to get my degree online. I have been taking classes thru Western Illinois University. I am looking for the cheapest online classes.

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Asked by popieh Tuesday May 25th 2010 in College Tuition
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There are a number of options that are available to individuals, such as yourself, who are in need of either a lower-cost tuition option or tuition assistance. Now, I am going to suggest to you a couple of ideas. These options are only a limited number of possibilities, because without knowing the full-depth of your situation, I cannot give you a direct answer to your question. Instead I can provide you with options that might be of some help for an individual in your situation.

So, here you go. The first thing I would do if I was in your situation would be to find some sort of financial support. Transferring colleges can be a difficult, and costly option. (For more information on transferring school see this article, Switching Schools: A Guide to Transferring Your College Credits.) I would go to your financial aid office at WIU, and talk with an financial aid officer about possible tuition assistance programs. There are a large number of grant, scholarships, loans, and so forth that are available - especially to parents. (For more information about parents going to school, see this article Online Schools Make it Easier for Single Parents to Earn a Degree.)

Your other option could be transferring to another school. Now, like I mentioned above this can be costly, but if you are willing to make the possible sacrifice of time spent, lost credits, and so forth, then finding an online and cheaper school might be an option. Also, let me tell you this. Just becuase a school is online does not mean it will be cheaper. Many online schools have the same tuition as brick and mortar schools. And, after a little searching it seems that WIU has comparable tuition rates as many online schools, but not all. You might be able to find a less expensive option, but you are going to have to do a lot of research. I suggest you go to our Online Degrees Page, and search for the degree area you are looking for. Then you will be able to narrow down your search by tuition estimate.

Finally, let me wrap this up by saying that your other major hurdle will be the number of credits you have. Many colleges and universities, both online and on-campus, only allow students to transfer a limited number of credits. So, after you find the school that is right for you, make sure you discuss with them if they have a credit transfer cap.

Well, good luck on your educational venture, and like I said I have only given you a few of the options. You really should start with WIU about getting tuition assistance, and if you still want to transfer just make sure you do a lot of research.

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