Research, research, research. Start by choosing what your degree will be. What are you most interested in? Which online college can offer you the best education for the profession your choosing? Search the internet for all online schools that offer the degree your looking for and compare them all. Decide if you want your online college to be close to your hometown or if distance is not an issue.
Limit your choices to roughly 3 or 4 online colleges. Request information from those colleges and investigate the brochures they send. The reason to limit yourself is so that your not flooded with information from a thousand different online schools which can make it difficult to come to a decision. Choosing a few to investigate at home will allow you to spread out the information on a table and take a look at the different things each online college had to offer.
Find out about tuition and financial assistance. Which school offers the best price and financial help to fit your needs? Most online schools offer a tuition guideline of how much each course will cost you. If you are unsure, ask the school’s representative by emailing the contact(s) listed under the ‘contact us’ page. Financial assistance is also usually available through the online college you choose. They can help you apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) right through their website and some even offer financial scholarships themselves.
Is the online college you want to attend accredited? Are there certain guidelines for your degree per state and will you have to take extra courses upon graduating to meet your professional needs later? Depending on which state your online school is located, you may have to be sure that your state’s guidelines fit the same needs. Decide if you want to stay in your state after college or move and check out that state’s guidelines for any certifications you may need if that applies to your degree. Just be sure that whatever online college you choose, you can practice your profession easily upon graduating without any hassle.
What are the classroom sizes? Are they adequate for what your looking to accomplish? Will you get the one on one attention you deserve or are you just a number lost in the crowd? Are faculty readily available? If your used to the comfort of a real classroom, just remember that online colleges are different and that you will have to work harder to discipline yourself to stay on task since there is no physical meeting. For this reason, you may want to choose a school that will offer 24 hour assistance and an advisor that is available for help and guidance. Whatever your college needs, just be sure an online school can meet them.