Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Why You'd Never Have to Leave Home to Earn a Bachelors Degree

Do you dream of going back to college and getting that bachelor’s degree you'd neglected to finish all those years ago? Are you worried about the expense? Are you afraid that you won't be able to arrange a school schedule that would also fit into your work schedule? Are you afraid you'd miss important family time while you are on campus away? Do you know that, thanks to the development of the Internet, it is now possible to earn a bachelor’s degree without ever having to leave your home?

It really is possible to earn a bachelor’s degree without ever leaving the comfort of your home. All you need is a decent personal computer, an Internet connection, determination, and a tuition check. With these simple tools, you're ready to finish completing your bachelors degree.

Why should you be interested in having a bachelor’s degree?

Statistics prove that Americans who have taken the time to complete a bachelor’s degree program earn a significantly greater annual salary than employees that never bothered to complete their college education. In addition to the financial perks of completing a bachelor’s degree, you will enjoy a greater sense of self accomplishment, a joy at the respect you will receive from family and friends.

Why, you ask, should you pursue an online bachelor’s degree as opposed to pursuing a traditional bachelor’s degree?

The main reason many students decide to pursue an online bachelor’s degree over a traditional one is that they find it to be much more convenient. Students are able to arrange their study habits and class schedules around their work and family routines.

You can't help wondering how you will ever finance an online bachelor’s degree after all you’ve heard about the lack of federal funding available for online universities.

While it is true that, at the moment, federal funding is not available for online universities, there are a few exceptions. Some online universities have made federal funding possible by holding at least half of their classes on a traditional campus. Online universities that do not have access to federal funding have started to offer scholarships to students who need financial assistance.

Many students who attend online universities claim that the convenience of not having to find housing, being able to continue working, and not having transportation cost more than balance out the lack of that federal funding. Talk to your employer as well. Many companies have money set aside specifically to help employees continue their education.

Years ago, before you acquired things like a family and your current career, you started earning your degree. Will those credits transfer to an online university?

Most online universities will except credits from a traditional university. Talk to the admissions counselor at the online university and find out what the university's policy is on transferring credit into their degree programs. Make this a top priority because many universities have a deadline on transferring credits into their programs.

While you have the admissions counselor’s ear, ask how difficult it will be to transfer credits to another online university in case you end up deciding not to complete your degree at this particular university and choose to go somewhere else to finish.

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