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Five Reasons People Earn a College Degree Online

Aug 17, 2007
These days there are more and more people who choose to earn a college degree online rather than attending a physical university. Their reasons are varied, but all of them are valid and you may want to consider going the online college route yourself if you've been considering getting an advanced degree but you aren't sure a traditional college environment is right for you.

To understand just how popular this option is, consider some of these popular reasons to earn a college degree online:

Many people work while pursuing a degree. The most common reason for considering getting an online college degree is that some people are already working. In order to advance in their jobs they may have been told that they will need an advanced degree of some type. In most industries, those with a college education always fill middle management positions. Working while you earn a college degree online allows you to balance making a living with investing in your family's future.

Older or non-traditional students may feel more comfortable in an online environment. Dorm or apartment living and being surrounded by teens and twenty-something's may not make someone who is retired comfortable, but more and more older individuals are fulfilling their dream of getting an advanced degree. If they earn a college degree online, they can study at their own pace and remain in their home environment where they are comfortable and feel confident. It's a wonderful way to fulfill a long-deferred dream.

Students with English as a second language may prefer an online education. Many people who speak English fluently don't realize that it can be daunting to sit in a lecture hall surrounded by dozens or even hundreds of students who can keep up with a fast-paced lecture more easily than you. For those who prefer the written word and being able to take the time to digest the information carefully, such as those who speak English as a second language, online courses can be a wonderful alternative. Even pre-recorded lectures can be digested more fully since they can be played back again and again, while lecture transcripts provide complete information so that students can be sure that nothing was "lost in translation."

Stay-at-home moms can study when the children are young. Being at home all day with an infant or toddler is incredibly rewarding, but leaves little time for mothers to work on themselves. After all, they need to be available at all times for their children. Moms can, however, earn a degree online by studying around their children's schedules and be prepared when they want to re-enter the workforce, as their children get older.

Anyone on a tight budget can earn a degree online for less than the cost of a traditional school. Even students right out of high school are turning more and more to online colleges and universities for the flexibility of scheduling and the reasonable cost. They appreciate getting a bachelor's degree or other advanced degree in the same amount of time or less than they would at a traditional, physical university without spending so much money. These students end up with far less debt and valuable work experience as well, since they can hold full or part-time jobs while working on their degrees.

If you fit into any of these categories, be sure to start looking at some of the accredited online colleges that offer majors in your area of interest. Soon you'll join the ranks of those who are glad they took the time to earn a college degree online.
About the Author
Andy West is a writer for Virginia College. Virginia College Online offers many programs that will allow you to earn a college degree online. Visit Virginia College Online at http://www.vconline.edu to select the program that is right for you.
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