One of the newest—and increasingly one of the most popular—options for higher education is
attending an online college or university. According to USA Today, one in six, or over 3 million
students are now taking online courses.
By 2014, most students at all colleges and universities
will participate in some form of online study.
In addition to online courses given at traditional colleges and universities, students may also choose to enroll in exclusively online colleges. Rather than attend classes on campus, students at these schools take classes, submit assignments, and communicate with their instructors and fellow students
completely by e-mail.
This kind of schooling offers a number of benefits, especially for students who live in remote locations, want to combine study with a career or family, want to explore possible courses of study and gain credits before they decide on a degree program, or want to take classes at their own pace.
Admissions requirements and procedures, and tuition costs, vary greatly among online institutions.
Students who wish to take advantage of federal aid programs, such as Pell Grants or Stafford Loans, should also make sure that the online college they are interested in participates in these programs; not all online schools do.
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