You could start by taking your entry level college classes via a junior college or state college that often has much less costs associated. This way you can get your minor requirements out of the way before moving to a larger college for your major classwork.
My nephew recently did this, as he wanted a bio-engineering degree, but couldn't afford the hefty cost. He was able to take his communications, basic math, basic science, language arts, etc requirements at a local junior college at a much reduced cost. Since this college was local to his home he was able to live at home, take classes and work while finishing off these classes.
Once these were done, he was able to transfer his credits to a larger accredited college that had the bio-engineering degree. It will take him an extra year to finish classes due to the cost factor, but in the end he is spending much less and getting all of his classwork done.
He is now set to graduate with his degree in 2021.
Sandra recommends the following next steps:
- Find a college with your desired major and research ability to transfer credits
- find a junior college or community college that will transfer