I still think its a bargain!
I think you are right about the cost for an out-of-state student. Its about $900+ for tuition and fees for a 4 credit science course and about ~ $500 for book, microscope and LabPaq. Most of the schools who offer online science courses with the lab use LabPaqs from Hands-on Labs, Inc. in Colorado. They all go for the same price.
Thats going to run you close to $500 no matter where you go.
I see you are from Connecticut. At one of your less expensive state universities (WCSU) INSTATE TUITION is $360.00 per credit hour plus $50.00 online fee. Thats not the out-of-state rate!!
It costs me at least $400 in gasoline just to commute to school in a given semester. The advantage of taking the online science (Microbiology) when I want and where I want with an outstanding professor is "priceless." I have kids and work nearly full time. It is worth the extra money to me. I actually bought the digital eye piece for my microscope for $59. It made doing the labs so easy! I could snap a picture of what I was looking at and send it with the lab report.
I am just about finished with my Microbiology online course at Ocean County College and I think I have an "A" in the bank. Time is money to me. I do not have a lot of time. So this really works for me. It is more than worth it! I still love the online microbiology course and highly recommend it! Even if you have to pay the out-of-state differential, I think it is worth it. Its the best online course I have ever taken!
The Second Five Week has closed. You can still get into the First Five Weelk that begins May 18th.
Still in love with it,
Jersey Nursing Girl