Entertainment Magazine: Education: Online Schools

Comparing Online Colleges

By Lorraine Braggins

A college education is likely to be the most expensive purchase of your life, but also one of the most valuable.

That’s why you need to make certain you have all the relevant information on different programs available so you can make an informed choice for your future.

Find out about Online Colleges

There are detailed guide books available on online colleges and degree programs which you can download from the web.

These give you facts and figures on college rankings, allowing you to evaluate program content, compare tuition fees and graduation rates, and read student feedback.  Given the nature of online tuition, you should also base your decision on other criteria.

What level of support and mentoring is provided? Are there opportunities for interaction with other students?  How quickly can you complete the course – or how long can you take?  Are there credits for life/work experience?

You should be able to find this out by quizzing colleges direct via their own websites.

Gain an Accredited Online Degree

A college education can open up opportunities for you – that’s why the sale of bogus online degrees by so-called ‘degree mills’ is becoming big business. 

Once you’ve assessed the college rankings, check that the programs and colleges you’re considering are accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.  You can visit their own website to find out the information.

By arming yourself with the facts and thinking carefully about your own aims, you can ensure you select the best online college education for your needs.

Sources: www.geteducated.com
                www.chea.org

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