American Public University Blog Tour

I did not have your typical college experience. I was actually already in my early 20s when I went back to school. My daughter, Olivia, was 1 year old, and I remember how hard it was to find child care for her. I wanted someone I could trust and afford as well. In fact, the child care costs were more than the actual tuition!

I remember not having much of a social life like you would expect of a college student. I went to my classes, came home and took care of my daughter, housework, etc and then when she went to bed for the night, I would stay up until midnight doing my homework. I was also married and my husband was a big help to me on the weekends when I needed time to study and get things done. I got myself in a routine and stuck to it. I ended up graduating at the top of my class so it shows that hard work does pay off!

When we moved to Edmonton, I decided to get out into the workforce. I got a job at a small public practice accounting firm and took courses for my CGA (Certified General Accountant) online. I won’t lie- it was tough. I was tired after working all day and then had to come home and cook and clean and still have loads of homework to do. Weekends, I would work on my weekly assignments that were due the following Tuesday. I had to be disciplined and stick to it.

Taking courses online is very different from taking courses in a class setting. There are pros and cons to each type. I liked being able to bring in an income and still be able to do my studies.  With a class, you have a set schedule, but with an online course, you mostly have to make your own. It was important to me to set aside a chunk of time each week to devote to my course.

I set goals for myself right from the beginning and I never let the fact that I was a mom and had a family of my own stop me. In fact, doing courses online was easier for me as a mom. I didn’t have to find childcare so I could go to class. I could still work and earn money. Online courses also usually cost less than paying upfront for a full year’s tuition. I liked being able to pay one course at a time.

American Public University is a 100% online university that offers more than 100 degree schedules. It is the perfect university for moms to attend because you can set your own schedules around that of your family. They have classes starting on a monthly basis so you don’t have to wait a full semester if you miss the sign up- such a pain! You can attend from anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection!

American Public University is recognized as a leading education provider by numerous military, federal, private, and public sector employers and is also a member institution of APUS (American Public University System). They have both undergraduate and graduate programs for you to choose from. I found it interesting to learn that the typical bachelor’s degree recipient can expect to earn $800,000 more than a high school graduate over the course of a lifetime.

In addition, APU has one of the lowest tuitions in the US. For instance, an Undergraduate course (worth 3 credits) is $750 and a Graduate course (worth 3 credits ) is $900. They haven’t increased their tuition rates in over 10 years!!!  If you have previous education from a different school, you can apply for transfer credits so you don’t have to re-take the courses.- saves both your time and money!

If you are looking to go back to school or change your careers, you can still do it with kids. I did it! Check out American Public University and get your degree without ever leaving the comfort of your own home.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of American Public University. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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