<p>A lot of you may have seen my other posts. I went from needing money for UConn, to talking about transferring from UConn, to community college. UConn's move in day is tommorow and...</p>
<p>Here I am..on my laptop...500 miles away.</p>
<p>As you can see, I never found the money to go...thanks to my worthless millionare father who refused to pay. And, also in my other posts, I talked about how my area has no community colleges. So that leaves the only thing I can think of, besides taking a year off...online classes.</p>
<p>So..though I know it's nowhere near what going to a real college would be like, it may be my only option. First, what are some respected online colleges I could go to? Are there any well-known REAL colleges that offer an entire online curriculum (for freshman)? For example, are there any physical colleges that also offer online classes, like say Dartmouth onlinr courses, just an example. I really don't want to take online classes at University of Phoenix or anything.</p>
<p>Second, is it possible to "transfer" from taking online courses? Can I take online courses for a semester or year, and then apply like a transfer applicant to a real college (UNC -Chapel Hill hopefully) and would it be easier/harder/the same?</p>
<p>Thank you so much..this is important, please give any advice. I know the College Confidential community is quite knowledgeable when they want to be. Thank you!</p>
<p>Why don't you apply to U West Virginia in Morgantown for Spring semester? Maybe even this fall? It can't hurt to ask. You could always attend as a non-matric until you are accepted. I don't have much respect for online courses.</p>
<p>I know nothing about on-line courses.
I don't know why you aren't considering taking a year off, working, and applying to some colleges that you know you can afford. Surely there are places that you'd enjoy attending, and could attend with merit aid and the money you earned by working a year.
I don't see any advantage to your taking on-line courses. In fact, I think that could hurt your going to a "real" college because you'd have to apply to them as a transfer, and that would reduce greatly your chances for merit aid.</p>
<p>Having a productive year off, something you'd have by working a job or doing volunteer work fulltime, also would make you a more impressive applicant to colleges, and would increase your chances of getting merit aid.</p>
<p>Your best chances of getting the money you need would be from colleges that give merit aid and are match or safety schools for you. Your chances of getting aid from UNC are virtually nil because you're out of state and presumably aren't the kind of HPYS-quality student that UNC would be trying to lure with merit aid.</p>
<p>You'll have much better luck getting merit aid from private universities and your in state public universities. Out of state public universities don't give much merit aid to students who aren't from their state. The merit aid that they give also is reserved for students who are the cream of the crop.</p>
Out of state public universities don't give much merit aid to students who aren't from their state.
<p>While I agree with Northstarmom's assessment that "merit aid is reserved for students who are the cream of the crop," I disagree with the statement that out-of-state publics don't give much merit to out-of-state students. The OP mentioned UNC-CH, which actually does give a lot of merit to out-of-state students, but you do have to be pretty outstanding. The only two full rides are the Robertson and Morehead, but the other merit scholarships (ie., Pogue, Carolina Scholars, etc) become full rides for out-of-state students because of in-state tuition legislation for merit/athletic scholarship awardees (OOS). Many OOS receive these merit scholarships.</p>
<p>I agree with the above suggestion to go to your State U for a semester or two and then transfer.</p>
<p>Trying to get merit aid as a transfer student is very difficult, and I don't recommend trying to do that. You'd be far, far better off taking a productive gap year and applying then to colleges where you'd have a good chance of getting great merit aid, and also would enjoy attending. </p>
<p>Since the OP's dream school was U Conn., not a place like Harvard, I'm guessing that his chances of getting merit aid from UNC-CH are virtually nil.</p>
<p>It would be hard for me to take another year without some type of...intelligent simulation. I'm going insane without class! Besides, it would push everything back another year, which qould bother me. I really don't want to take a gap year..</p>