I just spoke with someone at the college admissions office as I had thought of a couple more questions with respect to the program.
Turns out she has processed me as a FULL-TIME STUDENT instead of the part-time I had anticipated. So I'm actually IN THE PROGRAM. I just need to complete the first part of the assessment, which she assured me doesn't include algebra (hallelujah!!!!), so I'll save myself $22 and just do that instead.
YAHOO!!! The decision has been made for me, so I need to start saving.