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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Who would have thought 30 years ago students seeking a higher education would be able to earn an accredited degree without ever leaving their home? It would have seemed crazy, but the sweeping power of the all-mighty Internet has made online education a reality in the 21st century.
With programs ranging from online business schools to complete Liberal Arts course work, more and more prospective college students are considering the Web for their education. If you are trying to decide between a traditional four-year university and an online college, here are some of the pros of an online education.

1. Cheap(er)

Cost has always been a determining factor for the majority of students when choosing an institution of higher learning. With tuition fees going through the roof in recent years, the rise of online colleges has brought a less expensive alternative to advanced education.
Like traditional universities, online schools vary in price, but are typically less expensive by average and, in many cases, represent a great value. Plus the cost of living hasn’t exactly gone down recently, which opens up the door for saving money on room and board by living at home rather than on a campus.

2. Flexible

Learning to adhere to the rigid demands of a full schedule of college course has been a disaster for many a freshman. The online college format offers much more flexibility in scheduling the amount of credits you wish to take, time of day for classes, and more, making it easier for students to be successful.
Plus, being able to attend school without leaving your home allows for more free time for students to study, take on part-time jobs, and generally be more relaxed. The online option meets your needs, whether it’s your goal to take your time while continuing your education or to push hard to earn a degree as quickly as possible.

3. Diverse

When choosing from traditional schools, physical location can be a limiting factor in finding the degree program you desire. By going on the Internet to locate a school, that variable is taken out of the equation as you discover a wide range of schools offering the courses of study you are interested in. There’s also a wider variety of class times to choose from, as well as the smaller possibility of the classes you want filling up before you get a chance to register.

Parting Thoughts
Going for what’s new or less traditional is never easy, but education on the Internet has undeniable appeal. By taking these factors into consideration and looking closer at what online colleges have to offer, you are sure to discover the right choice for your educational future.

Guest Author Byline:
Guest post contributed by Carl Glasmyre, an education enthusiast who writes about everything from ways to get your child to read to the value of attending an online business school.

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