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Finding The Right Online School For You!

By Natasha Bright

Trying to balance studying for an advanced education and holding down a full-time job is not the easiest thing to do. The introduction of the online university school does take some of the burden off of the hardworking student. At least such a person doesn’t have to go to night school, like their parents did less than a generation ago. They can study away from the comfort of their homes without directly interfering with the 9-5 either.

Still, there’s the matter of the right school. There are several hundred operations offering online degrees, and the number is growing. That leads to a very important question, with so many operations offering college online, which one is the right one for you…if just the right one at all?

Whether you would rather be an accountant, advance your programming abilities beyond hacking a game system or learning the nuances of the Dewey Decimal System as a librarian, one can find the right online schools for those disciplines, and many others, too. The key thing is to do some research for right school.

The first thing to do is narrow down those several hundred universities. A good place to start is Google, Bing or Yahoo. Do a search under “online universities, accredited” and it will lead you to a number of data bases that list over 200 different facilities offering online college degrees. No one in their right mind is going to check out each school individually at this point in time.

It’s time to narrow the search to the field you want to specialize in. A good way to narrow that is, once on the data base, type in your field of interest. It can cut the number of schools down considerably, as much as 90%. Note that many online schools realize that students may not know what they truly want to specialize in until their junior year. One might want to see if these schools offer more broad liberal arts or science-based programs until you make a final decision. Again, the list will be narrowed.

Now it’s time to do more refined sifting. Is the school truly accredited? Just type the school’s name and something like “accreditation” will answer that quickly. Does the school offer financial aid? The school itself usually will gladly answer that for you. Also, don’t be afraid to go to the Department of Education to see if there are programs outside the school’s for more aid.

Once you get the field narrowed to a dozen or less schools, it’s time to get to work. Go to the school’s web site and do some serious reading. Find out if there is anyone of note teaching the courses. If the online degree offered does fit your personal schedule. What are the costs and funds available for your entrance. Sort and sift until you get that list down to approximately three.

Then it’s time to pull the trigger and apply at those college courses online for your accredited degree. Remember you’re in the drivers seat so go for what you feel will be the best deal. After this much work, the final choice should be pretty easy from this point on.

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