The traditional model of higher education might be to go away to college because “the experience” is so important, but the truth is that tradition doesn’t work for everyone. And now that U.S. students carry a combined $1.3 trillion in debt, that “experience” comes at a steep price. That’s just one of the many reasons online degree programs have been growing in popularity recently. Here are a few of the advantages that come with enrolling in an online degree program over a traditional — and expensive — four-year university.
Whether you want to study for a medical coding certification or you’re looking to become a computer technician, the variety of online degrees available today is extremely vast. No matter what you or any other students want to study, most online programs offer all of the classes necessary to attain a wide variety of careers. In addition, you can earn any level of degree online, from associate to doctorate. The possibilities really are endless!
If you’re looking for a more affordable option for a degree, online programs should be at the top of your list. While the tuition may not necessarily be more or less expensive than a traditional four-year school, expenses like travel, room and board, and meal plans won’t be a concern for you. Not only that, but transferring to a physical college is simple, as many universities have begun accepting online credits.
No matter the course, all material is available online so students can access it when they have time. Whether a student is working a full-time job to cover expenses or involved in some other pursuit, online programs allow for maximum flexibility. For students who need to balance other commitments in addition to their education, online courses offer the convenience and flexibility that traditional programs can’t.
Completing a degree to advance your career no longer means having to leave your current job. Whether you’re aiming for a promotion or you want to transfer to an entirely different branch of your company, online classes allow you to complete any degree program while you’re still working.
Online enrollment increased almost 3.9% in the Fall of 2014 alone, and experts believe that number has only increased in the years since. With all of these benefits so readily available, the future of online education looks bright.