Just a bit of background on me...After earning my Associates degree, I made an attempt to earn a Bachelor's degree in the early 2000's, but I ended up dropping out. I didn't have a clear direction, I was racking up debt, and I was flailing without a plan. Fortunately for me, I found a job in the real estate industry and made a decent living.
However in 2007 I was in a major car accident that started me down a long road of rehabilitation and an assessment of what was really important in my life. When I was working away in the professional world without a degree, friends used to ask me why I don't go back?
Well I always had two quick responses:
#1-I don't have the time &
#2-I don't have the money
To be fair, back then my claims were valid. But I did not consider the possibility of taking classes online. And I did not understand the full ins and out of financial aid. My accident left me laying around (not quite bed-ridden, but walking was an extreme chore). I was climbing the walls with boredom! I had heard of online classes but I had only taken hybrid-classes (I'll start a separate thread about that). I figured it would feel good to be working towards something. I did not intend to earn a degree! I contacted my old college because I figured it would save me effort and paperwork since they were the holders of my previous transcripts. That is when West Virginia University's Extended Learning Office came in and told me about the Regents Bachelor of Arts program where I could collect all my credits and earn a degree in two semesters!
To be fair, because of timing, I did have to take some courses face-to-face at the local community college as a transient student. However this was back in 2008 and today, their online course offerings have increased tremendously.
So the moral of this story is that if is was not for online courses, I would not have my BA degree!
Even if you do not see a way to get from where you are now to the commencement ceremony, check with your school adviser and see what they say. They probably know of programs, majors and resources that you don't. WVU's Extended Learning Office even pointed out courses to me that were being offered at a flat-rate to both in-state and out-of-state students....saving me thousands of dollars!
West Virginia University is not unique with their Regents Bachelor of Arts program. It is actually available at every public university in WV and many, many other colleges and universities across the country offer similar programs.
These programs make it easier to transfer in credits, earn alternative/life-experience credit, feature program requirements that can be met online, and a lot more. Keep in mind they may not feature the term 'online degree', but inquire anyway! Many times terms like 'distance learning', 'extended learning' or 'virtual campus' are used instead.
Hopefully this post was informative and helpful to you.
If you have any questions or comments, let me know!