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Overview

This is a simple outline of steps to take when starting out. First written up by forum user bjcheung77, it has been expanded on by wiki users. It serves as a basic introduction to the methods discussed at DegreeForum. This is "the basic approach." Nobody ever really gets to go through a process this simple, but this is the general outline of what you should expect to have to do in order to get through this successfully.

The Basic Approach

  1. Find out what you have credit for / what you already know
  2. Research the Big 3/WGU and similar schools to find candidate degree plans
  3. Decide on one or more schools and get an initial evaluation ($75 or so per school, plus the cost of each transcript you have to send in)
  4. Based on the initial evaluation, decide on a school and degree
  5. Build a degree plan using your unique combination of existing credits, CLEP/DSST/UExcel/TECEP tests, ALEKS/FEMA/Penn Foster/Saylor/Straighterline/Study.com courses, etc.
  6. To lock in a catalog, enroll at the school you have chosen. Alternatively, you can wait until you are all done (all courses/tests completed) to enroll in the school, however you risk the school changing degree plans as you're not locked into a catalog.
  7. Once completed and approved, pay the graduation fee, then sit back and wait for your sheepskin to arrive!
  8. Start planning on that Masters Degree as you aren't done learning for life!

Throughout all of the above: Read a lot over at DegreeForum.net and ask questions as needed for guidance!!

More Information

  1. Beginners Guide To Getting Cheap/Fast College Credit
  2. How/When To Start? Start Now For Cheap!
  3. Several Sources Of Cheap Credit
  4. The Spreadsheet - Track Your Progress - Reference Tool
  5. The ABCs - A, CBD, E, F, G - Accreditation, Competency Based Degree, Evaluation, Fees, GPA
  6. Overwhelmed - Too Long Didn't Read - Just Help Me Please, Step By Step!

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