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Top Ten Things to Consider when Selecting an Online School

By Brenda on October 1st, 2012
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Online EducationThere are several factors to consider when deciding on which online school to attend. Online schools are a great way to get an education while working and raising a family. There are many great online institutions and some not so good. It can be a daunting task to pick the right one. They all have slick web pages that make them look great, but how can you really decide on which one is best for you? Below, we have listed ten things you should consider when going to an online school.

Credibility/Reputation

Attending an accredited school is a must. You need to make sure that the school is accredited at a national or regional level by a legitimate agency. Also, ask around to see if any friends, coworkers or family members have hear of the school you are considering attending.

Resources

Some colleges offer a lot of job placement assistance and resources. Ask the admissions counselor how they go about helping students find employment as graduation nears.

Technical Support

Quality online schools have great tech support 24/7. You don’t want to have to deal with the headache of having a technical problem with no one around to assist you.

Cost

Not all online institutions cost the same. You should do your due diligence and check out tuition costs as well as fees. Some schools offer reduced tuition, but tack on fees in an attempt to make their school seem less expensive than the competition.

Class Schedule

There are a lot of different types of online formats. Some schools require students to be online with their peers at specific times (synchronous learning) while other schools only require the student turn in the work on the proposed deadline (asynchronous learning)

Student Reviews

There are sites on the internet that are non-biased, and allow students to post honest reviews of teachers and programs. Read these reviews to find unfiltered opinions about an institution you are considering attending.

Feedback

Quality schools are always looking to improve their curriculum and services. They will have feedback mechanisms for students to offer suggestions and comments about the class, instructor, and institution.

Courses

One school’s business program may be radically different than another’s. Peruse the class catalog to see what each course is about, and see if it pertains to your area of interest.

Faculty

Most schools are only as good as the faculty they attract. Do they have teaching experience in their field? Have they worked in the fields they instruct? What level of education do they have?

Financial Aid

The amount of financial aid students receive can vary by institution. You can put up to six different schools on your FAFSA application without any obligation to attend them.

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