When I decided to finish my degree in business, as a working mom, I decided to research online colleges. I have seen ads for Kaplan University and thought this would be an easy way for me to earn a much needed degree. I was lured in by their promise of easy access to financial aid, but then when I saw the actual costs, I decided to reconsider. I was first met with the $45 application fee before anyone could answer my questions I had to be accepted. That was just the beginning of the long list of fees. On top of "tuition" which was going to be about $30,000 there were added technology fees, assessment fees, (books were surprisingly included, but many were just an online access) and this was just for an associates degree!I looked into other programs offered such as IT and there were even more costs, "lab" costs ect. I was able to attend a community college about 45 minutes from my home and obtain the same degree offered for about $10, or one third the cost. If online is your choice, I suggest shopping around, as the costs at Kaplan are just too high.