Save on student loans
You want to learn more about programming, biology, design or even network analysis? You always wanted to start a career in the IT field and did not know how? You can find helpful sites on the internet offering online and traditional classes in various fields, where you can even enroll in courses provided by the best universities in the US. Most online degrees look just as good in your CV as those acquired in traditional brick-and-mortar universities.
Save on travel expenses
If you’re going to take several online courses, you no longer need to go to the university on a daily basis and spend money on transportation. You can either work from home, a coffee shop or the nearest library. You also don’t need to worry that you’re running late to your class as your class starts whenever you want it to start.
Save on accommodation
Living in a student dormitory or renting a flat can be costly as well. If you choose online education you can save a significant amount of money on accommodation, since you can simply live at home.
If you have a job and you don’t want to lose it, you can combine online education with your work. You can arrange your schedule and choose time to do your course work whenever you can. Online education is perfect for people who wish to change their career path but have no time and money for a university degree.
Save on books
Online courses normally provide you with scanned articles or e-books, so you no longer need to spend money buying books and journals. You can also use the gadgets you most likely already own (a laptop or a tablet) to pursue courses online.
What about student social life?
You can still have an active university life, even if you study online. For example, you can find fellow students in your area through one of the sites mentioned above. You can arrange weekly meetings and discuss your courses. You can also become a TEDex member and attend their lectures. This way you will keep learning new things and get the vibe of the academic community.
Online courses can be a good solution for education on a low budget. Yet you should not forget that pursuing online studies requires a lot of effort, self-motivation and determination.
This is post was written by Kate Simmons, an occasional blogger and full-time student pursuing a design degree. She works for Classes and Careers, a very useful website providing options for online and traditional education.