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Old 07-11-2009, 10:00 AM
 
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Hi I just wanted to share some stuff with you guys especially the ones who are in and out of jobs, never finished college, or just looking for a start in education.

I can only speak for San Antonio but I'm sure most large cities like Houston and Dallas have similar programs.

I was watching TV yesterday here in SA and there was a commercial about the Alamo Community College System and it's many benefits to starting off at a University or Private College.

The ACC System has a great program that many people do not know about heck some don't even know it exists, it's called a 2+2. You basically do your first 2 years of college at one of their community colleges and the other two at a University like University of Texas at San Antonio or Incarnate Word if you chose.

The savings are monumental. I was looking over one of my pupils papers for his semester at (enter expensive private college here) and I see no reason why college algebra I should cost 500 dollars per semester hour.

For those of you who live in San Antonio there is a school called San Antonio College down on San Pedro which is an excellent school system with low prices for education. A counselor can set you up with a 2+2 that when your done with your first 2 years at SAC will transfer you over to a University that will honor 100% of your courses taken at SAC.

I went to SAC on a 2+2 program graduated from UTSA in 2002 and I am doing great.

I'm sure the list of Universities that are joined with the Alamo Colleges has grown in the last 8 years.

Here is some more information on Finances.

If you are a reservist or in IRR or out of the military and considering coming back in.

The US Army Reserves is offering full 100% tuition pay for a bachelors, masters, and even a PHD as long as your still in the reserves ( please don't ask about Private Colleges the answer is NO)

on top of the 100% tuition pay they also offer the GI Bill Reserve which can be paid every month as cash to help with the bills ETC and you still get the 100% tuition paid in other words double dipping is possible.

For those not in the Army Reserves or other affiliation there is the Hope Fund which gives you money through your income tax only for freshman and sophmores i believe but it could of changed by now.


So, if you have contemplated going back to school give those community colleges a chance you won't be disappointed.

Some colleges you don't even need an ACT score all you need is to pass the TASP test which isn't too hard if you study for it.

Good Luck everyone, if anybody needs help or some quick counseling drop me a PM glad to help.

btw I believe a full semester costs around 1000 or a little less



Mark
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Old 07-13-2009, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Kansas to Rochester, NY
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Hi I just wanted to share some stuff with you guys especially the ones who are in and out of jobs, never finished college, or just looking for a start in education.

I can only speak for San Antonio but I'm sure most large cities like Houston and Dallas have similar programs.

I was watching TV yesterday here in SA and there was a commercial about the Alamo Community College System and it's many benefits to starting off at a University or Private College.

The ACC System has a great program that many people do not know about heck some don't even know it exists, it's called a 2+2. You basically do your first 2 years of college at one of their community colleges and the other two at a University like University of Texas at San Antonio or Incarnate Word if you chose.

The savings are monumental. I was looking over one of my pupils papers for his semester at (enter expensive private college here) and I see no reason why college algebra I should cost 500 dollars per semester hour.

For those of you who live in San Antonio there is a school called San Antonio College down on San Pedro which is an excellent school system with low prices for education. A counselor can set you up with a 2+2 that when your done with your first 2 years at SAC will transfer you over to a University that will honor 100% of your courses taken at SAC.

I went to SAC on a 2+2 program graduated from UTSA in 2002 and I am doing great.

I'm sure the list of Universities that are joined with the Alamo Colleges has grown in the last 8 years.

Here is some more information on Finances.

If you are a reservist or in IRR or out of the military and considering coming back in.

The US Army Reserves is offering full 100% tuition pay for a bachelors, masters, and even a PHD as long as your still in the reserves ( please don't ask about Private Colleges the answer is NO)

on top of the 100% tuition pay they also offer the GI Bill Reserve which can be paid every month as cash to help with the bills ETC and you still get the 100% tuition paid in other words double dipping is possible.

For those not in the Army Reserves or other affiliation there is the Hope Fund which gives you money through your income tax only for freshman and sophmores i believe but it could of changed by now.


So, if you have contemplated going back to school give those community colleges a chance you won't be disappointed.

Some colleges you don't even need an ACT score all you need is to pass the TASP test which isn't too hard if you study for it.

Good Luck everyone, if anybody needs help or some quick counseling drop me a PM glad to help.

btw I believe a full semester costs around 1000 or a little less



Mark
Now, is that just for in-state/in-county or is that for out-of-state as well? Does that include books?

The reason I'm asking is because i've been looking for a decent college in Texas that have the same or even rate as colleges around my town in Kansas.

Thanks,

John
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:52 PM
 
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John, you have to purchase your own books but now with the half priced books online you can get them really cheap. I purchased one text for 3.00!

www.accd.edu


Great programs, even online!

Wonderful informative post.
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:03 PM
 
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John when you say instate/incountry are you referring to military? It does not cover books but like the above poster said, books are cheap now at days. If you are coming from Kansas to San Antonio in order to take advantage of the ACC community tuition prices you must be a resident of Texas so if you are planning on moving here first look into it, really it's an excellent program and the teachers at these colleges are great, you can email me at marco.cuevas.vento@gmail.com for more info or counseling, good luck.
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Kansas to Rochester, NY
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John when you say instate/incountry are you referring to military? It does not cover books but like the above poster said, books are cheap now at days. If you are coming from Kansas to San Antonio in order to take advantage of the ACC community tuition prices you must be a resident of Texas so if you are planning on moving here first look into it, really it's an excellent program and the teachers at these colleges are great, you can email me at marco.cuevas.vento@gmail.com for more info or counseling, good luck.
No, not military. I may be misinterpreting your answer but like here at my Community College they charge tuition depending on your residency (in-county, in-state, metro, out-of-state..... Hope that kind of claified it a bit. Obviously, I would have to pay for books seperate (don't know what I was thinking there)

I will definitely look into ACC if I decide to move to Texas within the next couple of years. I'm just trying to get some stuff in order.

Thanks for the information!

Off-topic: Just an FYI that you're not allowed to post your email on the threads/forums. Violation of TOS .
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Old 07-14-2009, 03:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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2+2 programs are great. I have two co workers who both graduated from Univ. of the Incarnate Word. One was a psych major and another was a org. development major. The psych major lived in the dorms while her family lived in the city and attended UIW for all 4 years. The org. development major did a 2+2 program starting out at Palo Alto College in S.A. It does help that the org. development major sure can hustle to find scholarships to pay for school. She graduated with no student loan debt while the psych major has $30k in loans. Yikes! Both have degrees that say UIW hanging out at their office.
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