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Affordability and Flexibility: Two Great Reasons to Pursue Online Education

May 22, 2009 By: Category: Choosing a College, Distance Online Learning

Whether you’re looking to jumpstart your higher education or enhance your career, an online education may be the way to go. Does college seem too expensive? Do you live far away from a college or university and can’t commute or move at this point in your life? Does the nearest school not offer the type of courses you need? There are many advantages to an online education, and thanks to the Internet, almost anyone can pursue a college degree. Read on to find out why an online education might be the best option for you.

Affordability. While a traditional four-year college education often costs tens of thousands of dollars, earning a college degree is usually more affordable. Though tuition is not always significantly cheaper, you will not have to pay for room and board or other fees associated with an on-campus education. Keep in mind that costs will vary depending on the quality of the institution, how many classes you take, and how long it will take to earn your degree. Also consider how the school determines its tuition. Some universities charge by the class, others by the semester, and some even charge a flat fee for the degree.

An online education doesn’t just save money—it also saves times. By taking online classes, you can avoid the hassle of commuting to a local university and finding a babysitter for the kids.

Flexibility. Because you won’t be attending classes at a certain time each week, you will be able to set your own study time. Do you study best late at night? Work on classes long after everyone else has gone to bed—including your professor. Do you work full time and don’t know when you’ll have time to go back to school? Pursue your online degree in short intervals: open up your computer and “attend” class during your lunch break. Do you have a family to take care of? Get some studying done in the early morning hours before the kids are up.

Along with the benefits of fitting school into your busy schedule, an online education also allows you to set your own pace. Most people prefer to work in short intervals so they can maintain concentration. Others need to designate large amounts of time to work. Whatever your study habits are, an online education allows you to work while your mind is at its best.

Course offerings are also flexible. With online learning, you are more likely to have a wider course offering because aren’t limited to what can fit in your schedule and you don’t have to worry about classes filling up. You can better shape your education to suit your needs, choosing classes you’re interested in and that will help advance your career without worrying you won’t get into them.

Clearly there are many advantages to an online education, but before signing up to earn that online degree, make sure your online university is accredited. Also weigh these advantages with what kind of experience you want out of your education. If anyone has experience with online education I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment with your opinion.

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