These days, technology has changed the way that people live, work, and go to school. There are so many online degree programs available, from bachelor’s level degrees of all kinds, to online MBA programs from the best universities in the country.
Students of all ages and from all demographics can now enjoy a higher education, and they can access it from the comfort of home without having to move to another location just to go to the school of their choice. Also, less fortunate students are now finding it easier to graduate, thanks to the surge in online study programs.
Online Programs Tend to Be More Affordable
Less fortunate students are often left out of higher education because they simply can’t afford to go to a local college or university. After all, in addition to paying for all of the credits for the courses that they’ll need to take, these students also have to cover the cost of their books and supplies, the cost of gas for their car or the price of public transportation to get to and from school, and even the parking costs once they arrive at their school (not all universities and colleges offer free parking to students).
But online learning has come to the rescue because many of them are a lot more affordable than traditional colleges and universities. Even if the tuition costs are comparable to a brick-and-mortar college’s tuition, the other costs of going to school are typically less expensive when you’re dealing with an online school. This is because there aren’t any costs associated with commuting or dorming.
Free Online Courses Are Available
A lot of colleges and universities of all types and sizes have also started accepting the credits that can be earned through the use of free massive open online courses, or MOOCs. This is one of the latest advancements in the world of online education, and it’s greatly benefitting students who are less fortunate but want to better themselves and their future.
Basically, MOOCs are free courses that are offered online. Their credits will often be transferrable to degree programs. This means that students who don’t have a lot of money can fulfill at least some of their general education requirements at no cost, or at least at a much lower cost, and then pay for the other courses as any other student would.
Online Schools Make It Easier to Work
Less fortunate students often find that they need to work at least a part-time job in order to afford their education. Many have to work full-time jobs to support themselves while going to school. Online education gives them the flexibility to continue working and getting paid, as they can learn on a more flexible schedule.
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