When I was in college, I took several online classes through Penn State. The cook think about these was that the courses on a trasciot are indistinguishable from in class courses.
If I was advising a you person, I would tell them to take as many AP classes in high as possible. Most colleges give credit for them.
Then I would suggest they take CLEP and Dantess tests. You can test out of nearly the first 2 years of college this way. Depending on your degree if you need some labs etc, go to community college.
Than transfer into a suitable State School like Penn State or any of the SUNY Schools. Do a dual major instead of a minor, example I have a BS in Psychology and a BA in Economics.
Then do an online Masters and a premium school, Temple or some such place.
Here’s a college hack, many schools will provide room and board to RA’s. One thing I suggest to high school kids, is see if there local fire department has a volunteer EMT program and do the EMT training. Not only does it just kook good, community service etc. It’s normally worth a few college credits and (there is more) it helps when appling to be an RA (free room).
If all that isn’t good enough, being an EMT is a great job during school. I used to take my books to the firehall and could read in between calls.(high school)