Online Degree Programs: Knowing Your Options

Posted by Nick Niesen on October 27th, 2010

Considering an online degree? You are on the right track. Online degree programs are becoming increasingly popular these days. An online degree is can be pursued by students and working people from the comfort of their home and at a time convenient to them. Online degree programs, online certificate programs, and online courses offered by traditional and online colleges & universities have no geographical limitations as anyone who has access to Internet can pursue them.

Online degrees are popular among students who cannot attain regular classes for several reasons such as distance or other commitments. It also gives the students the extra time to do a part time job, which gives them organizational experience as well as extra pocket money. Moreover, in states such as Alaska where traveling or commuting to college especially during the winter is a harsh thing to do, pursuing a degree online is a viable option. Another advantage of online education is that it is less expensive than a normal degree.

It is not only the students who gain from online education but also professionals who find them convenient. At some point of time in their careers, professionals require a college degree to refurbish their skills and give them a competitive advantage over their peers. Many undertake such degrees so as to climb the career ladder, expand their earning potential. But since employed people cannot afford time to earn a degree, distance learning through an online university is the most feasible alternative. In the US there are many such online colleges and online universities offering online degree programs. The advantage of college online is that it enables you to learn at your own pace and at a time convenient to you. An online education degree can be earned even if you are living in some other states. So it is more flexible and can be pursued by all who have the will to succeed.

Whether you seek online associates, bachelors, masters, or PhD degree in business, technology, health care, or education, online colleges in the US will not disappoint you. There are many choices and it is up to you to decide which one you pursue.

There are several accredited online colleges in the US which award Associate?s, Bachelor?s, Master?s and Doctoral Degrees. More than 96 percent of the largest colleges and universities in the U.S offer such online courses. But one word of caution here ? you must check the accreditation of online colleges by going to the U.S. Department of Education database. Like any other college students, students attending online colleges can also apply for financial aid from the Federal Government provided the courses are a part of an associate?s, bachelor?s or graduate degree program.

You must take note that some of the online colleges offer diplomas on a fraudulent basis. These online colleges may offer you many attractive offers such a very nominal fee and no course work structure. Even if online colleges claim to be accredited, you must check if they are accredited by an unrecognized accrediting agency.

However, there are credible online colleges that are not accredited. Such colleges often offer certificate programs. Certificate programs are highly specialized that teach specific skills. They vary in length and may require less than two years of study.

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