Online programs are becoming an ever hotter ticket when it
comes to getting a degree these days. But why is this exactly?
Is it because online degrees are easy to get? Is it because
they are convenient to particular demographics or portions of
society that might not have had the ability to get a degree
but for the prevalence of online educations? Is it because online
options are cheaper than a campus-based education? Or could
it be that it is a combination of all the above?
If you are considering getting your online degree, here are
ten reasons why it might be the choice for your continuing education.
Other than convenience, cost is probably the other most common
factor that might lead someone to get a degree online. With
an online degree, not only might you be able to reduce tuition
costs considerably compared to many campus-based institutions,
but you may also be able to avoid or reduce costs like room
and board, transportation, and book costs.
Many online degree programs may offer more flexible scheduling
than campus-based educations. This can often be an attractive
characteristic of such programs, especially for those with families
or careers. Being able to take a full semester's course load
or just pick up a class when it fits your schedule means online
degrees are often an attractive option for those who just don't
think they have the time to get a degree.
Tying in closely with the scheduling benefits of an online degree
is the option for many who are currently working or considering
working while getting their education to do so more conveniently
than those would pursue similar coursework at a college campus.
Being able to work while still going to school online may better
enable students to avoid the debt that often accompanies many
campus-based degree programs.
FURTHER A CAREER
For those who feel stuck in their current career position but
are afraid to go back to school full time because they might
lose their job or their place in line on the advancement ladder,
an online education could allow them to advance their education
while still maintaining their current career level.
While it might not appear as one of the deciding factors when
considering an online degree versus one obtained at a college
campus, transportation can certainly play a part. Having to
spend time driving to campus, finding and paying for parking,
purchasing a bus pass, waiting out in the freezing cold or sweltering
heat for the bus, and having to deal with similar transportation
issues and costs could possibly be avoided by being able to
pursue an online degree from the comfort of your own home.
The thought of having to be away from family for extended periods
of time while attending classes at a college or university campus
can be a detractor to some considering going to school or going
back to school. With an online program, someone may be able
to pursue an education while still making time to spend with
friends and family.
Being able to select from a variety of online institutions may
open a variety of doors when it comes to which program suites
you best. With campus-based educations, you may be forced to
choose from campuses located in your nearby geographic location
or be forced to move to attend get your education, while online
programs may negate this necessity.
Similar to the program you select, the particular degree options
to available to you through an online degree program might be
exceptionally diverse. You may be able to get a degree in something
that only a few, far-off campus-based programs offer without
having to move to another state, region or even country.
YOUR OWN PACE
You might feel pressure with a campus-based program to progress
your education at a certain rate; a rate with which you might
not be comfortable. With an online program however; you may
feel more comfortable completing your degree at a rate that
better fits your lifestyle and abilities.
MORE CREDIBILITY NOW
While online programs may still have a bit of a connotation
as not being quite as good as campus-based programs, they are
making advancements toward being more commonly accepted. The
acceptance of any program, campus-based or online will still
likely depend upon the quality of that program and whether it
is accredited or not.