Is an online degree right for me?
I am 60 years old. I do have degrees, but I wanted another one in a different field. I work at home. I don’t have unlimited time like younger folk do and I’m not really interested in sitting in classrooms hour after hour. I do need to work and be near my wife. So again; is an online degree right for me?
I have spoken with several online colleges. I have access to a local junior college. I have access to private colleges as well as state colleges and even state colleges with specials degree programs.
What are all of my options, and yours?
First you can study many courses online for free from sources such as Free-Ed.net and colleges that offer even upper upper-level courses. You then can take tests that prove your knowledge of a course. You save money and time because you can go at your own pace and you have no cost of tuition or housing. The costs of the tests are minimal.
What is an online degree?
An online degree is a college degree earned online. All coursework is done online and all interaction with teachers and other students is done online. There are two problems with online degrees. The first is that they are often limited in scope. A school may have key majors like Law Enforcement, Accounting and Philosophy. However you are not going to get the choices of study that you would get from a regular school. The second problem with an online degree is the cost. There is always some cost for a service or product. It is going to cost several hundred dollars per semester hour and while there are “normal” programs that are more expensive, if you were to compare degrees across the board you would be forced to say that the online school is more expensive.
If we go down the line of various points of interest between an online degree and perhaps we can make a decision.
Cost based on my experience is less flexible with online schools.
The choice of programs and classes prevail in a regular school. Obviously there will be more opportunity to get questions answered at a regular school and there is a personal touch that I think is important.
The online degree gives you complete freedom to work at home but I was disappointed to find that the coursework moved at no faster pace than other programs.
It is impossible to be an expert on a program. I can only answer the question based on my feelings and that was I didn’t think I would do well in an online setting.
I found that I could get credit for life experience; I could take correspondence courses, “mini-mesters” and credit by exam at other schools. Occasionally I could talk an on-campus course if I chose.
That turned out to be the choice for me. That doesn’t mean it isn’t right for you. I have linked to a site that will help you make that decision.