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Frequently Asked Questions About E-learning

What are online degrees?

Accredited online degrees are real college degrees that are earned entirely online using a student’s personal computer. There is no need to attend on-campus classes, which saves time and money. Distance learning technology makes it possible for students to watch lectures and turn in assignments online, engage in online discussions with classmates through password-protected message boards, and contact instructors by email or phone.

Why do students choose them?

Motivated individuals often discover their niche in online degree programs because of the unparalleled flexibility. Online students can study where and when it is convenient, allowing them to work full-time, travel, and spend quality time with children and significant others. Active military, stay-at-home moms, those with physical limitations, and students who live far from the closest college campus particularly benefit from online degree programs.

Where can students find reputable programs?

DirectoryofSchools.com offers thousands of accredited online degree and certificate programs. Students may browse our website to find online schools that offer training for the perfect career. Online degree programs may also be found at most traditional “brick-and-mortar” colleges and universities.

I want to enroll in an online degree program; but I don’t have the money. What can I do?

Many people make the mistake of assuming that they cannot afford an online degree program, due to their job situation or budget limitations. However, it is important to take the first step by contacting the online school of your choice and allowing them to walk you through the application process, which includes applying for financial aid. Often, potential students are pleasantly surprised to find out they do qualify for a substantial amount of government or private aid that may include some housing and transportation costs.

Which online degree programs are the most popular?

The most popular online degree programs include business, nursing, education, accounting, information technology, and computer science. Other popular online degree choices include criminal justice, psychology, paralegal, game software design, engineering and health administration. Still, the post-recession employment landscape is continually changing to reflect the current job situation.

When I apply for a job with an online degree on my resume, will that hurt or help me?

First of all, it is important to keep in mind that many traditional schools offer online degrees, but the degree is simply listed on the diploma as an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree from that specific school. Online schools prepare their diplomas the same way. Fortunately, well-informed employers are aware that as long as an online school is accredited and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, it has met the same high academic standards as its accredited on-campus counterparts. And thankfully, more employers are joining the ranks of the ‘well-informed’.

I am an on-campus college student and can’t get the classes I need, due to budget cuts. Can online classes offered by online schools help fill in the gaps?

Yes, online classes may be a perfect for gaining the necessary credits needed for graduation. However, it is important to check with your academic counselor before enrolling in online classes offered by another school. Your college or university has the final word on whether they will give you credit for outside coursework. California’s public colleges have partnered with Kaplan University to allow students to earn credit for online classes through Kaplan; so hopefully other schools will follow suit. I can’t afford to cut my work hours; but I need a college diploma to keep my job.

How can I earn an online degree without becoming overwhelmed?

This is a common problem, but one that has a solution. Online degrees are especially valued for their flexibility; so students can choose to study when and where it is convenient. Also, online degree programs generally allow students the option of enrolling in one or two classes at a time to help insure academic success.

I have heard about diploma mills. How can I avoid being scammed?

It is fairly easy to avoid falling prey to diploma mills. One way is to locate an accredited online school through a reputable college clearinghouse, like Directory of Schools. Also, potential students should always do their homework and double-check their chosen online school with the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

What are the top military-friendly online schools?

Nowadays, most major online schools are military-friendly. In addition, Military Advanced Education magazine lists the top military-friendly colleges and universities at the end of each calendar year. Our Directory of Schools Military Blog generally publishes information from that list. Capella University, Ashford University, Jones International University, Kaplan University and Western Governors have been on the list.

What tools do I need before enrolling in an online degree program?

Basically, it is important to have access to a computer with modem and high-speed Internet. Once you enroll in the online degree program, the teacher will provide information about any necessary or recommended software, books and/or supplies. I dropped out of college years ago; and online degrees appear to be the way to go.

Where do I begin if I want to earn an online degree?

You are on the right path to fulfilling your dreams of earning a college degree; and there are counselors who would love to help you. A smooth way to begin is to choose an online school from our website, fill out the contact information, and wait for the school to send a packet of information and to contact you. They are especially trained to help adult learners; so they will guide you each step of the way. Each school wants their students to succeed; so they are eager to make the process simple and seamless.

Are all students eligible for financial aid, or just new high school graduates?

Any U.S. student may apply for federal financial aid, regardless of age; and new laws have increased student financial aid amounts. Military personnel are eligible for additional aid opportunities through the new Post 9/11 G.I. bill, along with private scholarships offered through military-friendly schools.

Are online degrees here to stay, or are they just a fad?

According to annual studies published by the Sloan Consortium, online degrees are extremely popular and have changed the face of higher education forever. Future college students are the children of today, who are being raised with computers as common household tools, along with the Internet as an information lifeline and tech gadgets as toys. This trend is expected to continue to propel online education forward and force universities to offer more online degree programs to meet increased demand.

According to annual studies published by the Sloan Consortium, online degrees are extremely popular and have changed the face of higher education forever. Future college students are the children of today, who are being raised with computers as common household tools, along with the Internet as an information lifeline and tech gadgets as toys. This trend is expected to continue to propel online education forward and force universities to offer more online degree programs to meet increased demand.

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