Hi, guy approaching 50, college degree not in accounting or business, primarily retail in my background, interested in becoming an accountant.\n\nI can't afford to go into gigantic debt to enroll in an accelerated post-bac accounting program (the ones designed for those who want to sit for the CPA but who have no accounting or business coursework taken in the past), so one alternative I've seen suggested on these boards is to take enough community college courses to sit for the CPA, community college being much cheaper.\n\nBut I've got some concerns about doing this:\n\n1) I would need to take 24 credits in accounting and 24 credits in other business courses to sit for the CPA. Community colleges only offers enough accounting courses for about 13 of those credits (and maybe 20 of the 24 business credits). I would have to non-matric at a 4-year institution to take the rest?\n\n2) Supposing I go ahead with taking two years of courses to sit for the CPA (maybe a year-and-a-half if I'm aggressive and take 16 credits or so a semester plus some summer courses), is there any way to obtain an accounting job with a bunch of accounting courses but not obtaining an actual degree, because I wouldn't have a bachelor's in accounting even after taking these 48 combined credits. What if I can't pass the CPA right away?\n\n3) Without that actual degree in hand, could I get a job working under a CPA (for the one year's experience to obtain CPA certification)?\n\n4) Does accounting have the same age discrimination as do other fields? Do the people doing the hiring have the same psychological issues as they do in other fields -\-\-people in supervisory roles who only feel comfortable hiring fresh-out-of-college 20 somethings and don't feel comfortable a newbie in their 50's? Fortunately, I look a bit younger than my chronological age, but I'm not sure that's going to help me.