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Online Education Programs

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Getting Started With Online Education
Online education has become a cost-effective, flexible means to earning certificates and college degrees. It has opened opportunities to a community that up to this point could not entirely avail itself to the college education gained on a physical campus. Full-time workers, stay-at-home parents, deployed military personnel, and the disabled now have access to a college degree on more agreeable terms.

While correspondence courses have been around for decades, online education offers something unique. It offers the opportunity to interact with professors and classmates in remote locations. Whereas the old correspondence classes could help student fill in a missing class here or there, online education is an authentic means of earning a degree.

Don't think that means you'll be getting a break in rigor or tuition. Online classes are just as demanding as, and sometimes even more rigorous than, face-to-face classes. Tuition costs can be more, less, or the same as on-site classes. The savings are typically found in avoiding relocation, housing, and transportation expenses or in being able to continue with work or other commitments.

Because classes are self-paced, online education offers more flexibility with timing. Students who can commit almost unlimited time to college for a few months can complete a degree much faster than through attending physical classes. Students who need to plod along class-by-class can fit their class schedule around the rest of life.

In light of the popularity of this rising trend in education, where can you find the right program, the right school, and the right financial aid for you? Check out Get Educated, the starting place for information about online education. Research programs, schools, and scholarships that fit your future plans.

Popular Programs
Universities claim that every degree is available online. While theoretically that may be true, there are still certain programs that require on-site practicums and hand-on experience. Other degrees are available fully online. Here is a sampling of programs that have flourished in online education.

Technology (web design, information systems management, and programming, etc.)

Graphic Design

Health Care (complementary and alternative health, health information, administration)

Marketing

Business (accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship, international business)

Engineering

Education (early childhood, curriculum)

Behavioral Sciences (counseling, childhood development, family therapy)

Continue to the next page to learn about the best online colleges and programs as well as useful tips for financial aid assistance.