Did you know that more than 40 percent of the undergraduate students in college today are non-traditional? Taking a class in front of a computer instead of sitting in a classroom may seem strange, but more and more people are discovering the benefits of being a non-traditional student and exploring online education options. Here are five great reasons to get a degree online.
EXPENSE – An online student saves a great deal by not having to physically go to a campus. It’s less expensive to live at home than in a dormitory or student apartment. There’s also no need to buy a parking pass or a meal ticket if a student is getting an online education. According to College Data, paying for housing and food for a student during the 2015-2016 school year ranged from $10,138 to $11,516. Financial aid is available to online education students at Faulkner University.
TIME FLEXIBILITY – Many would see the greatest benefit to online education as it allows students to prioritize their time in favor of work and/or family demands, while still enhancing their education. Online classes can be taken at the student’s convenience, which might be 10 p.m. after the kids are in bed, or noon, on a lunch break at work. There’s also no commute time. Family can take priority as online classes are scheduled around family – not vice versa.
PROGRAM FLEXIBILITY – Many non-traditional students have time to take only one or two classes at a time. Online education programs do not demand that a student take “a full load.” Even part-time students are still able to take advantage of student services, however.
GREATER CHOICE IN DEGREES – Online students may choose from any major at any college in the world that offers online degrees. They aren’t limited to what’s available at the college or university in their town. Faulkner University offers a variety of online bachelor degree programs, as well as online masters degree programs. The choices offered are not merely quantity, but quality education.
EARNING POTENTIAL – Job applicants with college degrees earn more, according to the US Department of Education. A high school diploma holder typically earns $23,900, whereas an employee with a college degree averages $48,500.
MOTIVATION – A student who has a busy schedule of work and family activities but still finds time to explore online education classes impresses employers. It demonstrates determination, ambition, and time management skills. Whether a student is adding to current knowledge and skills or striking out in a completely new direction, taking online classes proves a student has a serious intention.
INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION – It’s a key component of the online education, where students are not just a number. There’s a focus on educating the whole person.
Faulkner University offers seven online degrees. Students can choose from online bachelor degree programs in Humanities, Criminal Justice, Business, Forensic Psychology, and more. Additionally, there are online masters degree programs available in Biblical Studies, Counseling, Teaching English, among others.
If the logistics of a traditional college experience seem daunting, consider online education.