In 2005, Stanley Hicks started his slow and steady slog toward completing an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.
He enrolled at Indiana University-Purdue University—Indianapolis, a regional campus of both schools, and spent the next eight years working while he studied.
At first Hicks, who financed his own education, could afford the courses. But then his budget got tight. Now he's finishing his four-year degree through online courses at Indiana's Ivy Tech Community College.