Guide to Obtaining an Online Degree

Making a decision about any level of higher education can be stressful enough. We’re here to help make it easier for people to find the online degree that works for them. If you’re looking for a tool that will help you succeed in your online degree program, you’ve come to the right place.

Student Guide

Getting your degree online allows you to pursue your education on your own schedule. Online degrees are an increasingly popular option for all types of students, but that doesn’t mean they’re right for everyone.

In this guide, we’ll discuss every facet of the online degree experience, from deciding whether getting an online degree is right for you to looking for work after you’ve graduated. We’ll debunk a number of myths about online degree programs, and we’ll discuss the importance of accreditation and learning styles when it comes to selecting a school.

Once you’ve decided to pursue an online degree, this guide will help you choose between the many degree programs online. We’ll break down the differences between all levels of post-secondary degrees online, whether you’re interested in an online Master of Science or one of the many online bachelor degrees available around the country.

This eBook will give you valuable tips on how to maximize your efficiency and study effectively. We’ll cover strategies for time management, organization, financial planning, and other ways to maximize the success of your online degree program. This guide will provide you with information on financial aid, and we’ll show you how to balance your work life and your school life effectively. Finally, we’ll give you valuable information about online degrees in the job market and provide you with useful network tools for after you graduate from your degree program online.

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More people are taking online classes than ever before, and the number of universities offering online courses and degrees has ballooned in the last few years. However, despite distance learning’s popularity, there are still a number of persistent, negative myths about online education. In this chapter, we’ll debunk these myths and give you the facts about getting your degree online.

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In this section, we’ll discuss the value of setting goals for yourself during your online education. We’ll cover three popular reasons for attending higher education and demonstrate different ways you can tailor your online education to meet your goals.

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Online universities are an attractive, flexible option for students who want to pursue a degree without rearranging their whole lives around attending a campus-based university. But online schools are not always the best answer for prospective students. In this section, we’ll discuss whether attending an online school is the right choice for your higher education.

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Now that you’ve decided you want to move forward with your online degree, it’s time to pick the online school that’s right for you. In this section, we’ll cover the most important factors in choosing an online school, including pace of learning, financial aid, student interaction, accreditation, and more.

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Picking the right online school for you out of a sea of thousands of programs can be intimidating. In this section, we’ll cover ways to discover and research online programs around the country in order to find the right fit for you.

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In this section, we will review the different levels of higher education degrees you can earn at an online school. These include degrees at the certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. This section will also explain the difference between degrees at the same level (for example, the difference between Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees).

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In this section, we will discuss how to select the online degree program that works for you. Topics include: residency requirements, specialized accreditation and a discussion of which degree program best complements your availability, finances, and work habits.

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Ensuring your online academic success is a matter of organization, time management, communication, having the right equipment, and using your academic resources. In this chapter, we’ll discuss the five different ways to get the most out of your studies at an online university.

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Financial aid is often an essential part of today’s higher education landscape. Fortunately, a wide variety of options are available to online students. In this section, you’ll learn about the types of financial aid, which type of financial aid works best for you, and how to choose and apply for financial aid. We’ll also cover the dangers of student loans and discuss how to plan for and get out of student debt.

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This section will describe the life of a student enrolled at an online college. We will discuss the classroom experience, interactions with fellow online students, and general education policy, along with a number of other facets of the digital academic life.

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Online students who work full-time need to manage stay organized and make the most of their time during the day. In this section we provide study strategies, tips for managing your time, and ways in which you can blend your working and scholastic experiences to make the most of both.

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In this section, we’ll provide you with seven useful study strategies to use during your online academic career. Your studies and test preparation will be entirely self-directed, so we have provided a number of organization tips, in addition to more general study suggestions.

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Many people believe that getting a job with an online degree is more difficult than it is. In fact, online degrees often demonstrate a set of skills and attributes that many employers are looking for. In this section, we’ll cover some of the most popular online degrees, as well as discuss strategies for finding a job and interviewing with a potential employer.

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Online degrees are steadily gaining esteem in the eyes of employers. In this section, we’ll cover how more and more companies are looking at online degrees in a favorable light.

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Because almost the entirety of their education will be completed via the Internet, distance-learning students often miss out on valuable chances to develop professional networks while in school. This section will provide tips on using your school resources, professional associations and alternate methods to create a broad, useful professional network.