Today’s article was contributed by guest writer Carrie Oakley.
Education has become a commodity today, and unless you can afford it, you must do without. If a college degree is what it takes to open the doors of opportunity, then it’s only the rich who can afford them without having to incur debt or make significant sacrifices. However, if you’re not too insistent on the top-rated colleges (those with the best reputations and highest degrees of popularity), you can choose to earn your degree at a community college or one that offers classes online. There are many advantages to studying online – it’s cost-effective, the schedules are flexible, and you can multi-task the many activities in your life without having to give them up in order to pursue your education.
Some online colleges are even more advantageous because they’re run as NFP (not-for-profit) institutes. While tuition fees may not be significantly lower than for-profit colleges, they do have other advantages:
- Some of them offer easier access to financial aid – they make it more convenient to secure educational loans at low interest rates.
- Some provide career services and help their students find jobs after graduation.
- Schools with a philanthropic focus are more prestigious than those that run for profits because they are established institutions that don’t depend on tuition and other fees for their day-to-day expenses and costs.
- Most online NFP schools are regionally accredited which means that they’re accepted more readily than those that are accredited by national agencies like the DETC (Distance Education and Training Council).
- It’s also easier to transfer credits from an online school that is regionally accredited.
Colleges with a philanthropic focus are not in the business to make money; rather, they focus on providing quality education to the students who have signed up with them. This means that your tuition costs are reasonable and you’re not bombarded with unexpected and exorbitant fees.
If you’re looking for an online college that operates on a philanthropic basis, do some research on the Internet and ask around. Follow this link for a list of not-for-profit colleges, both online and traditional, in the USA.
This guest post was contributed by Carrie Oakley, who writes on the topic of online colleges . Carrie welcomes your comments at her email id: carrie.oakley1983(AT)gmail(DOT)com.