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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    You should definitely do this . You should take the ACT if you are going to a Midwest school . State schools are the best value for the money in my opinion - like UW Madison is a great school . I think you can just look up the school you are interested in and there should be information on what it costs. I think you can just contact admissions and get info on how to apply .
    I actually live in a UW city, but the online degrees are sorely lacking. I'll rep you the city and we can privately go from there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Deadpan View Post
    I'd legitimately rather kill myself, and I do not care how irrational that sounds. But thank you anyway.
    Bear in mind that my post was relative to what I perceive as the future for millennials and future generations, and nothing to do with your capabilities. If it were solely about your abilities, I don't doubt that you could do it.
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    Though I do agree with and observe what @bechimo brings up, I also think you have a lot of innate talent/smarts and with the drive and vision it will help. Also, ironically also tying into what bechimo brings up, most non-trade jobs/ companies hiring require a degree anyway - they won't even look at you if you lack the degree, even if you have tons of experience. So that alone puts getting a degree in the beneficial column.

    I am assuming what you are interested in will have reasonable prospects post-graduation, and not be overly competitive (ie you won't be facing several hundred applicants for 1 job, or put another way, there will be at least 50 jobs available for 100 people looking for those jobs).

    Like others have said, a lot depends on the school and I have no idea what each schools' requirements are for acceptance into a given program. Some will be stricter than others. But I would think all of them would require either SAT or ACT; that was a requirement over 20 yrs ago when I went. (exception is I guess online-only branches of schools like ASU).

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    Once you decide on a college, take advantage of your advisor. They will know a lot about all of it, how best for you to arrange your classes, where you might get a job, scholarships, etc. AND consider scholarships. I know there was one specifically for single mothers at the college where I got my degree. Another thing that might be helpful is that a small university may offer a more personalized approach, making it easier for you (and also potentially more satisfying). If you need to study for SATs or ACTs, I think Khan Academy has material. You're smart and feisty, Peter. You got this! Ya got moxie, kiddo! play punches your arm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luminous View Post
    Once you decide on a college, take advantage of your advisor. They will know a lot about all of it, how best for you to arrange your classes, where you might get a job, scholarships, etc. AND consider scholarships. I know there was one specifically for single mothers at the college where I got my degree. Another thing that might be helpful is that a small university may offer a more personalized approach, making it easier for you (and also potentially more satisfying). If you need to study for SATs or ACTs, I think Khan Academy has material. You're smart and feisty, Peter. You got this! Ya got moxie, kiddo! play punches your arm
    Khan Academy does have SAT/ACT prep.
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    I would do your research and talk to admissions and/or people involved in specific programs. I think that's the most important thing. Specific schools will be able to address specific questions.

    If this is something you really want to do, go for it. It's never too late. Plus, if you have good college grades and a decent SAT/ACT score (unless they don't want it, most schools do or it'll make you look better), that should have more weight since it's more recent.

    Most college applications also have a personal statement section. You could use this to explain why you're old educational records are not reflective of your ability now. When I was applying to colleges, a few years back, I remember being told that people could use it to explain poor grades or an abnormality, such as (this is a hypothetical albeit) "My grades were awful sophomore year because I got a concussion that affected my health, school attendance, and therefore grades." There's other options for it I'm sure.
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    Are you asking if you can just jump into a four year?I I don't think so. but you can definitely work your way there.

    My family told me that applying was "Too hard" and "overwhelming."
    You know how/why I went to school? I took the wrong bus home and ended up in front of the comm college. I went in, took the test, applied for financial aid-got it. And that was that. Easiest damned thing I've ever done.

    In all honesty, even my HS diploma was bullshiit. I attended HS for 5 years and was still lacking credits but the school was tired of dealing with my shrill-ass family so they just shoved me out the door. Admissions had no idea. I don't think they even knew that my report cards were covered in D's. I don't think they looked into it. You pay them, they teach you.

    The advisors were very helpful and I eventually worked my way into a 4 yr. Sure, I got a useless degree with no real future but hey, I was the first in my family with far fewer resources.

    I'm sure you'll get by just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacques Le Paul View Post
    Khan Academy does have SAT/ACT prep.
    for ACT prep work harder on the science portion.

    I speak this as a 3.74 GPA'ed highschooler who got an 18 on the science part because her practice tests were 25 so she figured she was fine and focused on reading and math... XD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Deadpan View Post
    Plaese halp.

    I want to challenge myself and get a degree. I have narrowed down what I want to go for, but I'm not sure how to actually get there.

    I'm 33 with kids, single, and a job that I can afford to work upper part-time hours and still get by. I'll probably need to enroll in something that is 100% online because of the above restrictions. I was technically a highschool dropout with a GPA that started with a zero followed by a decimal. I'm not exaggerating. I ended up getting my HSED via alternative schooling and graduated 6 months early. I went back to school, just a technical college for generals and only sporadically. I think I have like... maybe 24 credits tops, but my GPA is 4.0. I've been out of school for years.

    I'm pretty fucking capable, and my most significant source of depression is in feeling trapped and like the poster child for wasted potential, and fearing I'll lie on my deathbed regretting my entire life of ordinariness and surrendering to the status quo. Therefore, I really want to get into a top notch University, but obviously financing and actually being accepted are hurdles of monumental proportion. Being a lower-income single mom with a credit score in the excellent range should help with grants and loans, but I also don't wanna be broke for all of eternity and just end up regretting this decision too.

    If there is one thing that overwhelms me, it's getting all my ducks in a row for this type of stuff. There is so much to consider, so many steps, and so much I could overlook or miss.

    1. Do I even have a chance of getting into a high quality University?
    2. Do I need to take the SAT/ACT?
    3. Can I write a cover letter of sorts to explain and sell myself in order to compensate for my shitty HS transcripts? (obstacles, perseverance, ability, drive, etc.)
    4. How do I figure out what school is actually going to cost and budget accordingly? Do I just do a FAFSA and start contacting enrollment departments all willy-nilly?

    This is even worse than doing my taxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Betty Blue View Post
    I'm studying with the open university.

    I find it absolutely amazing, idk what passes for you as a 'good' university, but for distance learning the OU is awesome. Be sure to check if a degree course is accredited though. I'm taking a bsc in social psychology which is accredited by the British psychological society but I was also interested in criminal psychology, the downside is that this course is not accredited, which dosnt give you the quals to get into that field of work.

    Nb* it took me around eight years to start this degree, I researched a LOT before embarking on it. The OU is fantastic because they understand most people have had a long lapse between studying and most students are mature students. They are also worldwide...

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