Several Reasons for Earning a Home Study College Diploma or Degree

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Many students, young and old alike, are looking into the home study option as a way of earning their college degree. This article provides several benefits for choosing such a path.
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Reasons for Earning a Home Study College Diploma

There are many reasons for choosing to attend an online college or high school. Here are the top five most popular and practical reasons:

  • Availability
  • Convenience
  • Cost
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to Work

Availability

If you are a returning student that has already settled in a job, family or home, then relocating out of state probably doesn't seem very appealing to you. Still, you want to get a degree in the field of your choice. This is the beauty of the internet and online courses: no moving is required. In addition, class size doesn't matter. Many 'land-based' colleges may only offer a course once per semester. This means that if you register late, you may not be able to get in. Online courses don't have that problem, you are essentially guaranteed the class you want without having to be put on a waiting list.

Convenience

You choose when you want to study your assignments. There is no class to attend. If you have other responsibilities, such as kids, a spouse or a home, then you know that time can be hard to find. An online program allows you to work whenever you have the time.

Cost

Don't expect to find a world of savings in terms of credit hour cost just because you are attending an online degree (you are, after all, still attending an accredited school.) However, consider the amount of savings in commuting, parking, eating out, room and board, etc.

Flexibility

For the most part, busy adults simply can't take a full course load each semester of school. Online schools, in addition to allowing you to choose when to study, give you a choice of what to study. For example, you may find that you can handle two or three easier classes per semester; however, when it is time for you to take a harder class, you can lighten your load and take only that class during a particular semester.

Ability to Work

Quite obviously, if you are (or you are helping) working to put bread on the table each night, then you need to keep your job while you go to school. Online schools allow you to keep your day job and study at night. If you are acquiring a degree to get a raise at work or to be promoted, ask your job if they will pay for your tuition or at least give assistance.

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Saint Leo University

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  • MS: Criminal Justice
  • BA: Criminal Justice
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Columbia Southern University

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  • MBA - Health Care Management
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Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - General Business
  • M.A. in Psychology - General Psychology
  • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership

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Grand Canyon University

  • Ed.D in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis in Adult Learning - Qualitative Research
  • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education

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Colorado Christian University

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice in Visionary Leadership
  • Criminal Justice, M.S.
  • Applied Psychology, B.S. - Biblical Studies
  • Criminal Justice, A.S.

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Post University

  • B.S. in Business Administration
  • A.S. in Criminal Justice
  • Certificate: Paralegal (Legal Studies)

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Full Sail University

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  • M.S. - New Media Journalism
  • BS - Sportscasting
  • BS - Computer Science

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