Taking advantage of increasingly universal technology,
schools across the country have begun to embrace distance-learning
education as part of their overall curricula. Students have responded
so well that some colleges are now offering the majority of
their programs via television and the Internet. This kind of learning
is especially ideal for working adults and people who live in remote parts
of the country. Depending on your own circumstances, it might also
be right for you.
Some elite colleges offer distance-learning education,
which allows students to meet their degree requirements with a limited
number of online or televised classes. Schools that offer most or
all of their programs via distance learning have similar characteristics.
For the most part, these colleges are private, for-profit institutions
that rely primarily on the Internet and distance-learning software.
A few of the larger distance-learning schools receive
regional accreditation and their students qualify for federal student
financial aid. Some of the more reputable programs have articulation agreements
with brick-and-mortar schools (colleges with traditional campuses),
so that your credits or degree can transfer. However, many fly-by-night
scams have arisen in the past few years, so you’ll need to be extremely
cautious if you decide that online education is the way to go.
As with proprietary schools, distance-learning colleges
admit just about anyone with the ability to pay the tuition. Several
of the more popular online colleges have become increasingly popular,
but because there is no concern over campus space, a virtually limitless
number of students can be enrolled at any given time.
As we mentioned, some colleges are accredited to offer
legitimate degrees, and their students may receive federal financial
aid. A few of the more reputable programs include DeVry University, Western
Governor’s University, Regis University, Kaplan University, and
the University of Phoenix.
Many traditional campuses also offer degrees online. These
colleges combine the legitimacy of a traditional college with the
convenience of distance-learning. These can be good options for
students concerned about employers who will not take their degrees