@hatiainbarbie88: How much it costs depends on how you get your prereqs and how long it takes you to complete the program (there are yearly fees). I was going to do the cc route but it fell through and I am SO glad it did. I ended up using CLEP
for all of my prereqs and saved A LOT of time and money. There is no CLEP for micro so I took the Excelsior ECE for it. Otherwise, it was CLEP all the way for me (Total cost of Clep test was $100 + $5-10 for used study guides). I had most of my prereqs done already though.
There are also yearly fees so for every year you take, it will cost you more.
As far as loans, I looked into Wells Fargo first. I didn't like the loan terms so I went with Sallie Mae. Here is some info about using private loans that you may want to consider:
Please refer to the institutional guidelines below regarding private loans: 1. After a private loan is certified, it will be disbursed twice. The first disbursement will take place 8-10 business days after the loan is certified. The second disbursement will take place 6 months later, if eligible. 2. Eligibility is defined as 6 or more credits in a 6 month period. The 6 month period will be based on date the loan is originally certified. 3. If you do not complete at least 6 credits in the 6 month period, the second disbursement will be cancelled. 4. If at the close of the 12 month period you apply for additional private loans, at least 12 credits must be completed to certify additional loans. If at least 4 exams are not completed, the loan will not be certified. 5. If the requested loan amount is $5,000 or less, disbursement will take place once, 8-10 business days after certification. 6. If certification does not take place because you do not complete minimum number of exams required, you must complete the required amount before the loan is certified. Please feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office at 1-888-647-2388 ext. 143 should you have additional questions or concerns.
Good luck and keep us posted.