Ever since I can remember I have been planning and dreaming of the day my children will go to college. I even told them as they progressed in school how important this stage of their education in life would be. Inside two things plagued my mind deeply: I did not go to college myself and how on earth would I ever fund three children through college?
A little over three years I made a decision that would forever change my life and emphasize my point evermore the importance of furthering your education beyond high school: I started going to college online. Technology has allowed us the fantastic opportunity to learn anywhere in the world. School is now at our very fingertips! Still the aspect of college tuition times three weighed heavily on my mind. There are many options with scholarships, federal aid, grants and so on and they could always attend a state college making it cost less. As my oldest moved through high school and talks of colleges and applying started being more and more real it became more and more scary. How were we going to be able to put her through or the others through college?
Then, a most inspired program emerged. The Pathways program through BYU Idaho. This introductory program earns its students a certificate of completion after three semesters and the best part, they can move onto to BYU Idaho the campus or continue their pursuits online and earn their Bachelor's degree and in some cases a Masters. Should the student choose to matriculate into the brick and mortar version of their college experience they must pay full tuition. However, continuing the experience online as a full time student online their price remains the same as before, ($65 a unit). This is a marvelous blessing as not only can we afford it, but my children can and will receive a fantastic education from a highly regarded institute of learning. When the student has completed their schooling they have the option of walking with their peers to receive their diploma. This means in a few short years we will be making a trip to Idaho for a very special graduation, and their will be another student in the house!
For more information about the Pathways program please go here.