SOURCE: Lamar University

Lamar University

February 11, 2010 17:01 ET

Active Duty, Retired and Former Military Personnel May Get Credit That Puts Them Closer to Earning a Bachelor's Degree Online

Lamar's University Online Degree Completion Offers Affordability and Accessibility

BEAUMONT, TX--(Marketwire - February 11, 2010) - For active duty, retired or former military personnel including those who have moved on to civilian careers, the online option offers complete flexibility as to when, and even where, they take classes. The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree is offered online through Lamar University Academic Partnerships. Lamar has offered the degree, which some people may know as a degree completion program, for almost 20 years. The flexibility and affordability of the online degree program allows busy people to balance work and life duties with their educational goals.

"We've removed the two biggest barriers to college degree completion," said Paula Nichols, executive director for distance learning at Lamar University. "The online BAAS degree program is designed to give students, including military service members, an easily accessible, affordable way to advance themselves academically, in their career goals, and in their potential earnings power," she continued.

The earnings gap between college graduates and workers without college degrees expanded to record levels during the recent economic downturn. On average, those with bachelor's degrees earned about 54 percent more than those without degrees, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree program is offered fully online through Academic Partnerships at one of the lowest tuition rates in the country: $150 per credit hour for Texas and $165 per credit hour for residents of other states. Financial aid is available for qualified students.

Beyond being affordable and easily accessible, the BAAS online degree program also gives students the opportunity to earn up to 59 hours of college credit through technical and experiential credit, helping students get that much closer to graduation that much sooner.

In addition to being an active duty , retired or former service member, applicants must also have at least 45 hours of academic credit and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all work attempted.

Enrollment continues through March 1st for the next online session, which begins March 15. May 10 is the enrollment deadline for classes that begin June 7, 2010. In addition, two other online sessions are scheduled to begin this year.

For more information about Lamar University's online Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree, visit or call 1-866-223-7675.


Lamar University is a comprehensive public university in Beaumont, Texas, and a member of The Texas State University System. Serving more than 14,000 students, LU offers more than 100 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs with both in-person and online classes. Lamar is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Visit or

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