when you signed up for The College Network, they provide you with a cost estimate that includes the cost of the excelsior fees, right through graduation. plus, you have to initial it when you get started to reflect that you acknowledge all the fees...up front.
Think of TCN as the bookstore.....whether you go directly through Excelsior or not, you still have to buy your study materials which is what TCN provides. Excelsior offers textbooks, TCN offer self contained study guides. So, intead of using 50+ textbooks with Excelsior, you get 13 study guides from TCN....it's your choice. either way, the cost is about the same...give or take a few hundrend dollars.
then, regardless of where you get your study materials, you still have to call Excelsior each time you are ready to take a test, pay EXCELSIOR's testing fee, and then get scheduled for an exam.
the testing fees range from $75 for the basic gen ed courses like Psychology and Sociology, to $190 for Life Span and Mirco, A&P is $280, English is $290 and the nursing courses cost $220.
Then, after you have completed all your general eds and the first nursing course, that's when you enroll with Excelsior. see, excelsior won't tell you that once you enroll, the enrollment fee is only good for 12 months...if you go over, guess what people....it's about $420 to re-enroll each year.
that is why you take your time with the gen eds and the first nursing course....there is NO time limit. then, when you're ready to enroll with EC, it's $75 for the application fee, and once accepted, then you enroll. the enrollment fee is $895, the clinical fee is like $1725 and the grad fee is $495. however, EC offers student loans, scholarships, payment plans, etc....no, you can't get federal financial aid for this, but there's still some funding available.
the degree will cost between $10,000-$12,000 whether you get your study materials from TCN or EC.....it's up to you...it's an individual choice. ask yourself if you have time to study through ALL of those textbooks...or do you want something that is self-contained, breaks in down into chapters with practice exams.....has academic support and provide a tutor IF you fail any exam...well, TCN does that....Excelsior gives you the textbooks and wishes you luck.
now, yes, you sign a contract with TCN, but that still not any different than buying your things from EC. I mean, you can't buy a car, drive it for 5 months and want to change your mind and give it back...and get all your money back. in fact, you can't enroll into excelsior, do half the program and expect to get your money back.
if you sign anything....read it first...come on people. don't blame EC or TCN because you didn't pass a class...you get out of it what you put into it. if you half a$$ study....you won't pass.
oh, and as far as going to ebay and getting the guides...you're going to spend money on a course that you don't even know if it's updated!!!?? wow...then, you'll pay $220 to take a test and not know if you have the most up to date material to pass? wow.....why take the cheap route when it comes to your education.
we are in the nursing field people.....this is one career where we don't want a cheap education!