The Online Education Guide
Online distance learning is one of the most convenient ways to earn a college degree. You do not have to leave work early, drive through traffic, or hire a babysitter in order to attend your classes. All your classes take place online, and you can "attend" them any time you choose, by logging on with your home computer.
There is no one single way to earn your college degree online. Learning formats and course materials vary among different online universities. This guide includes general information about the kinds of experiences you will have in enrolling in an online degree program, taking classes online, and completing your assignments.
Table of Contents:
- The Enrollment Process - Before you begin your online education journey.
- Signing Up For Classes - Seeking out academic advice.
- Getting Started With Coursework - Learning about online learning.
- Accessing Your Assignments - How to receive and turn in your work.
- Attending Online Classes - How your classes will be structured.
- Doing the Work - How much time you need to devote to online learning.
- Earning Your Degree - How long it will take to earn your degree.
The Enrollment Process
Before you begin your online education journey.
Once you have decided on the degree that you would like to earn, you should start by requesting information from online universities that offer that type of degree. All online university web sites have a "Request For Information" application that allows you to request detailed information on enrolling in the college, and on the requirements for the degree that you are seeking.
Most online universities will assign you to an Enrollment Counselor, who will guide you through the process of enrolling in the college, filling out necessary forms, and paying tuition. Your Enrollment Counselor will also help you to transfer in any credits from previous college courses or work experience that might apply to your degree.
Online universities also have Financial Aid Counselors who can help you to find scholarships, grants, and loans to pay for your tuition. If you are receiving financial aid through your employer or the U.S. Armed Forces, a Financial Aid Counselor will help you to set up a payment plan for your tuition.
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