10 Facts About Online Degrees

Online degrees are becoming more popular with working students and those who prefer to learn from the comfort of home. If you’re thinking about enrolling in a virtual program, consider these ten facts about online degrees.

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Legitimate online degrees are accredited.

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Regional accreditation is the most widely recognized form of accreditation. Online degrees from schools with national accreditation (from the Distance Education and Training Council) are also becoming more acceptable.

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Online degrees from accredited schools are accepted by employers.

Most employers now view online degrees as the equivalent of traditional degrees.

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Online degrees from accredited schools are accepted by universities.

Students transferring credits or applying to graduate programs should have no problem using online degrees.

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Research shows that online degree programs are effective.

According to a 2009 meta study from the Department of Education, students taking all or some of their courses online tend to perform better than their traditional peers.

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There are online degree programs for almost every learning style.

With thousands of programs to chose from, students working towards online degrees can find courses that fit their needs. Some courses allow for almost complete autonomy, while others keep students on track with weekly video chat sessions.

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There are online degrees available at every academic level.

Associates, bachelors, masters, and even doctorate programs are now available through reputable online universities.

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New legislation helps ensure that online degrees are authentic.

The College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2008 requires that online colleges receiving federal funds verify that that the student enrolled in a course is the person actually completing the coursework.

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Online degrees are offered by both public and private universities.

Many private universities offer online degrees. But, a growing number of public schools are working to make online learning more affordable. Online students that reside in state are generally able to receive a hefty discount on public university tuition.

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Scholarships and federal loans can be used to fund tuition for online degrees.

As long as their schools are properly accredited and chose to participate, students are able to pay for their online degrees using the same government sources as traditional students.

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Using online degrees from diploma mill "schools" is illegal in some states.

Listing an illegitimate degree on a resume or job application isn’t just deceptive. In many states it could lead to a fine or even jail time.