Are you an active duty servicemember, a single parent or both? Do you serve onboard a Navy ship, a Coast Guard cutter or somewhere overseas? Does it seem you just don't have enough time to pursue a "real" college degree?
If so, then online education may just be the thing you need. It's a great way for military servicemembers to earn a college degree while serving their country. Online courses and degree programs are developed specifically to provide the flexibility needed to fit the op-tempo and duty schedules of active duty servicemembers. In fact, thousands of duty standing, single parent, and even deployed members earn their college degrees each year using online education. Most schools offer online programs that range from Associates to Masters degrees and, depending on the course, may take as little as 1-2 hours a day, 3 days a week.
Just like in traditional college classroom courses, your success comes from a willingness to commit to your coursework. On average, online students spend a couple of hours a day studying. It is also essential for you to have a strong desire to learn and remain focused on the goal of earning the college degree - it is your degree that will expand your career opportunities.
Yes. Many military members share your concern about the validity of online college programs. Online programs are offered by many "big name" fully accredited and esteemed schools. However, you should remember: "Don't buy into an image, buy into a degree." Many "small name" colleges offer online courses that may better fit your needs and budget.
There are a number of questions you should ask when choosing the right school and program for you:
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