Kaplan University made its debut in the test preparation field, but it has expanded over the years to include an online education program. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. In addition to the online school, you can attend classes at 11 campuses in Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska and Maine.

This online university offers more than 200 educational programs, ranging from those helping students get high school diplomas to master's degrees. Of these, 49 are undergraduate or graduate degrees, 16 are associate degrees, and 35 are professional certificates. Kaplan offers degree and certification programs in arts and sciences, business, law, criminal justice, education, health sciences, technology, legal studies, and nursing.

Kaplan allows you to take online courses in legal studies through Concord Law School and offers three types of law-related degrees: a Juris Doctor (a four-year, part-time program), Executive Juris Doctor (a more flexible, three-year program) and LLM (legal training related to small business). You should note that Concord Law School is not an accredited American Bar Association because it does not require 1,000 hours of in-class study and does not have a physical law library. Instead, Kaplan uses Westlaw, a huge online law library.

Kaplan students who receive a Juris Doctor degree can sit for the bar exam only in the state of California, even if they are not California residents. If you complete law training at this school, pass the California bar exam and obtain a license from the State Bar of California, you can then sit for bar exams in other states.

Tuition for Kaplan is in the middle range for online degree programs, with an average cost of $66,000 to get a bachelor's degree. Tuition can vary depending on the program you select, but it includes the cost of textbooks.

Kaplan offers several types of financial aid to students who qualify, including benefits for veterans and military members and their spouses. It also has established in-house scholarship programs for single parents, new undergraduates, high-achieving students, high school students and more. There also are public service scholarships for individuals who have worked as a volunteer emergency service worker or firefighter, or for a government agency or nonprofit organization.

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