Online education can be a convenient and affordable alternative to traditional campus-based education. If you are a working adult, a member of the United States Armed Forces, or just not in the financial position to attend a campus-based university but wish to pursue a degree, online schools are a great option. Not only are they more conducive to success for people with time constraints, but they are usually more affordable for a variety of reasons.
First and foremost, online universities can offer flexibility. Since a majority of classes are in an asynchronous format you’re never late for class. Some online schools have monthly course starts that work with your busy schedule so that you don’t have to stifle your degree program in order to accommodate program requirements that lead to degree completion. It fits in with your lifestyle, instead of the other way around.
Another reason why online education is usually more affordable is because the student should not have as many college expenses. Taking classes online eliminates the need for room and board on campus (which can be horrendously expensive), transportation costs of driving to and from campus (go green!), and other fees associated with campus-based universities; such as student fees for use of wellness centers, gyms, computer labs, and so on. A smart online student can save hundreds of dollars a month in college expenses.
Many online universities do a great job of tailoring their processes to better serve specific groups of people. For example, American Military University works diligently with all of the branches of the Armed Forces and Veteran Affairs to accommodate U.S. servicemen and servicewomen with an affordable and convenient education. Thus giving them access to numerous certificate and degree programs while on assignment.
Online education may not be the best choice for everyone. It takes a special type of motivation and determination to succeed. Just because it is usually more affordable does not mean that it is by any means easier or less credible than a campus-based university. If you are serious about pursuing higher education, there are options out there. If you qualify there are financial aid avenues you can investigate as you weigh the benefits of you next educational adventure.
By Ryan Laspina
Compliance and Default Prevention Specialist at American Public University System