The Cost of an Online College DegreeSuzanne Shaffer
As schools closed their campuses this spring in response to the coronavirus pandemic, every college student in America abruptly transitioned to remote learning. Finishing their coursework remotely isn’t the same as taking a class designed to be taught online, and the experience has been challenging. But it is also opening many people’s eyes to the possibilities and advantages of online education.
Modern online learning has been around for as long as we’ve had personal computers and the internet. Online classes offer great flexibility and can save money, too. As the delivery of online education improved and options multiplied in recent years, online classes are part of a degree plan for more and more students. Flexibility and pricing are some of the main reasons.
*Data from U.S. News & World Report Education and the College Board “Trends in College Pricing”
**This cost does NOT include room and board on campus or housing and food off campus, books and materials, computers, transportation and other personal expenses. This cost also does not include any offset provided by eligible financial aid. Tuition can vary by major.
Looking to the future and the uncertainty of a return to in-person classes in Fall 2020, will the interest in online education remain strong?