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Online colleges are becoming the go-to choice for more and more students. According to a 2012 study by Babson Research Group, more than 6.7 million people say they taken at least one online class. Here are five reasons we think traditional college might not be the best choice for everyone.
When you think of the traditional college students, you probably think of the 18 and 24-year-old who can take classes full-time because going to school is their only ‘job’. This demographic has the luxury of taking 4-5 years to finish their degree. Not the case with nontraditional students, who according to a 2013 Wall Street Journal article, make up almost 85% of the educational pool. For the nontraditional student, other goals like family time and career advancement rank high on their priority lists. So their educational goals have to be flexible and diverse enough to fit around their lives.
Nontraditional students are typically employed full-time when they apply to college. They range in age from 25 to 75. They have dependents. And some may already have a 2- to 4-year degree. A certificate or degree program which requires full-time attendance or takes several years to complete is not a viable option for them. The ability to log in and pursue a degree from anywhere and at any time is very attractive to this group of individuals.
Time is precious to the nontraditional student. Many of them already have social and professional networks in place. Student organizations, fraternities, and sororities don’t usually appeal to them and may even come across as an unnecessary distraction from their pursuit of education.
Traditional college costs can range from $9,000 to $32,000 for a four-year degree (College Board). Tuition for online degree program, in some cases, is no different from on-the-ground options. Universities like Georgia Institute of Technology, with their online master’s in computer science for as little as $6,000, seek to change that. Many institutions have added certificate programs to their offerings. A certificate can take as little as 12 months to finish.
The nontraditional student is trying to juggle a full-time career and family. Their pursuit of a first or second degree is relegated to after business hours and weekends. Their degree program must have night and online classes. It must be fast-tracked. Otherwise, it just will not work for them.
Ashworth College offers online programs to fit any busy schedule. Call us today: 1-800-957-5412.
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