So, I've been looking for an online school to get my bachelors (I have an associates) and it seems like Western Governors is one of the few that offers a bachelors in education and is not a scam. I've noticed that some of the posters here are students there, so I wanted to ask some questions about the program and get answers from people, who, you know, don't work there. I currently work full time as a primary school assistant (monitoring recess and lunch time) and after school counselor at a private school (in charge of the 1st and 2nd graders). Ultimately, my dream would be to continue working at this school but as a full fledged teacher, because I love this school and what they do. I want an online university because: 1. I want to keep working. 2. I hate driving. 3. I'm on the computer a lot anyway, might as well be doing something useful instead of browsing YouTube. 4. When I was in school, my favorite part was always doing my own research and writing papers. 5. With the Hollywood writers' strike seeming to have no end in sight, pretty soon there won't be anything good on tv anyway so I'll have lots more free time. I'm confused about a couple of things about applying and attending WGU. Am I supposed to fill out the financial aid form before I apply to the school, or after I get accepted, or do both applications at the same time? If I get a Pell Grant, does the money go straight from Pell to the school, or does Pell send me a check and I pay the school? Does WGU let you pay a monthly bill, or is it the full tuition up front? (If it's the full amount up front, and I don't get a Pell Grant, I'll have to save it up first, since I have no credit card.) Is the bachelors program just a bachelors degree, or is it a combination bachelors/certification program? If so, is it possible to get a bachelors without the certification and then get the certification some other way? They advertise the school as a good fit for working adults, but when you do your student teaching don't you have to take several months off from work? How in the world do you pay your bills during that time? Also, what are the chances they place you in a school that is really far away from where you live and you have to move? Do you get any choice at all in your student teaching placement? Thanks to anyone who has answers for me!