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Distance Learning to Complete A High School Diploma

Aug 17, 2007
There are several reasons that a person may not complete high school. However, without that high school diploma, a person is at an extreme disadvantage. In 2004, a high school graduate earned around $717 per month more than a person not completing high school. The importance of a high school diploma is becoming more and more evident today. In 2004, if you have graduated you are 70 percent more likely to be employed than someone who did not. The above statistics came from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

So what happens if you are one of the individuals who have not graduate, but you want to improve your chances of being employed and increasing your earnings potential? Did you know you can earn your school degree online?

The fact is that getting your High School diploma as an adult could be a bit awkward and embarrassing in a conventional setting. Also, as an adult, there are other factors to consider such as a spouse and children. So, to earn your diploma online would be a good solution. You are able to take classes and study when convenient for you. It can be tailored to your schedule as opposed to traditional classes that make you adjust your schedule to participate.

To earn your degree online, what do you look for? Well, obviously you need to find some public or private school that is offering this option. The number of online high school programs is increasing, so searching for one is as simple as using a search engine with the keywords virtual schools. Next, cost would be a primary concern. Most state or community online charter schools will be free, but they are only funded for K-12 and have no adult education money. If you are over the age of 21, you would need to look elsewhere.

You should be prepared to spend around $885 to $1350 a year to earn your high school diploma online. But, as with anything else, you need to research to find what is best for you.
You will also want to look into accreditation. A couple of the most recommended are regional and DETC accreditation or state approved. Be sure to check with potential employers and also, if planning to continue on to college, on the acceptability of the accreditation.
The time involved to earn your degree will vary. Most online courses are at your own pace.. If you had a daily time you could set aside for studies you would earn your high school diploma much faster. Some have regular semester type schedules that would determine the pace you could advance.
A few schools to look at to earn your high school diploma are: Brigham Young University where courses cost about $102 and the school does charge for some materials, plus a twenty dollar application fee. It also offers non-credit independent courses free of charge. This is an excellent choice to earn your high school diploma from home.

CompuHigh - Since 1994 programs have been offered so you can earn your needed credits online. Students and teachers work with each other completely online. Courses cost about $275, but because all material is online there are no book fees. CompuHigh also furnishes a list of colleges that will recognize their diplomas.

Indiana University - You can earn your high school diploma here with a combination of online and correspondence courses. You do have the option of completing the program at Indian University or can transfer credits to another high school and finish it there. As a student you are assigned an academic advisor who will be there to assist you in the course of study if needed. The cost is $125.40 for each credit hour and a $40.00 application fee. There also are more than 100 colleges who accept the transcripts from this college.

Your graduation is an important item today and is needed to help you increase your earning potential. Earning your credits online is as easy as finding the right institution for you at a price you can afford. Do your research and we will see you on graduation day.
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Bill Henniger is the founder of Online Distance Learning a website providing information on learning online
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