"So far, my experience has been fairly good. There's been a few issues, but it would be nothing that you wouldn't run into at a regular university. 1. Cost. The cost is the biggest selling point of Aspen and for good reason. It's extremely competitive for those on a more limited income and they are willing to work with you on payment plans and financial aid. One big advantage, in my opinion, is that since they do not own a campus bookstore, there is no motivation for them to push new books at inflated prices just because someone wrote a "new" edition. This helps to keep things very affordable. 2. Classes. For me, it's been a bit of a mixed bag. The best way I can put it is: you get out what you put into it. This is not a hand-holding experience. You take a class, you turn in your assignments, and you are graded on your performance. Some professors - just like at other universities - care about what you're studying and really push you to excel. Others sign in, make sure you've turned in a paper, and then give you a grade. While this is frustrating at times, most of my professors have been responsive to questions and good at giving valuable feedback. 3. Community. My program is fairly small, so there are a limited number of students in it. As such, I cannot really give accurate feedback, other than to say that the students I have interacted with have given me great perspective on the materials. My professors have worked hard to encourage ongoing communication. 4. Non-faculty staff. I've had a few issues here and there, but most of them have been willing to work with me. No real complaints here. 5. Changes and Problems. I did have one major issue that I have to address. Last year, the major I was in suddenly disappeared and I was forced to change to a different major. I did not lose any credits, but I was not able to take a few of the classes I was looking forward to that I felt would help in my career. As I understand this, this move was forced on the University by creditors who felt that the major I was in was too broad and needed to be narrowed. While this was frustrating, I am enjoying the new major quite a bit and can see more consistency in my track. The only concern I have is: what if they decide to do this again, especially at a time when I'm much closer to concluding my degree? All in all, it's a mostly positive experience. There's a couple of concerns, but I feel like if I continue to make the time and effort investment in my education, I will get a decent benefit out of it."