Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Costs Involved With Getting an Online Degree

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Study of rising college costs due to cost shifting from state funding to tuition. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by Ehab M El Shamy

Every educational pursuit comes with a price, whether we're talking about time, dedication, or the inevitable - finances.

Students who are planning to obtain a college degree online should therefore examine each cost involved, in order to prepare a better budget.

Top Online College Costs Include:

  • Textbook and Materials - These expenses are a given with just about any educational institution - from kindergarten up to college level studies. The cost of textbooks can sometimes be subsidized by renting from a library, or comparing prices online.

  • Application Fees - Most online colleges will require an application fee, which ranges between $70 - $200 per college based on a recent article by the Huffington Post. Ask the college ahead of time whether this fee can be waived.

  • Computer - Many students do not consider this tool for learning beforehand. However, as all studies are performed remotely, students will need to become familiar with basic computer functions, and also own a working computer. This technology will be necessary for logging in to lectures, and also for accessing and submitting course assignments.

  • Tuition - Online colleges sometimes accept student loans, or subsidies from employers. In other instances, the colleges may accept payments by course, or by semester. It all depends on the university's policies. Tuition prices can be compared online, or via mailed brochures.

Prospective students should also factor in the type of course being studied, whether this is nursing, business, technology or otherwise. The type of course will attract different price scales, according to Online Degree Costs, which projects that a college degree costs average between $20,000 and $50,000 per year.

Unlike campus colleges, online students don't need to be concerned with the cost of commuting. In addition, whereas some students would have to lease a dorm or apartment in another location, online students can simply log on to studies from their own home while saving this expense.

Once the online college has been selected, students can go on to conduct a breakdown and analysis of the total fees for application, tuition, material and other expenses listed above. As these are set in order, students can focus on the most important goal yet, which is graduating with A+ grades.

An online degree sets the stage to earn a higher salary upon graduation with the newfound knowledge and skills learned. Students can also visit to gain insight into the average earnings for their college specialty.

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