USA Online Colleges

Online colleges serving students in the U.S. continue to strengthen their presence, and for good reason. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that high school graduates earned a median weekly salary of $678/week in 2015, while people with a bachelor's degree earned $1,137/week.

Benefits of Online Schools Serving the U.S.

Potential Cost Savings

Your overall costs to attend an online college may be lower than if you attend a traditional brick-and-mortar school. When your campus is the Internet, you won't have to worry about transportation costs or other incidental expenses like parking fees — costs that can quickly add up. Those attending online schools in the U.S. may also be eligible for the same financial aid as traditional students.

Convenience and Flexibility

Attending an online college means you can log in to the virtual classroom anywhere there is an Internet connection, be it at home or on the road, from Hawaii to Georgia. You can choose when to do your coursework, and whether to enroll on a per-class basis or in a full- or part-time degree program. This flexibility makes it easier for you to pursue a degree program while still holding a job or meeting family responsibilities.

Quick Facts

  • In fall 2014, 5.8 million U.S. students took at least one online class, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
  • That 5.8 million represents 28.4% of all enrolled students, increasing from 27.1% in 2013 and 25.9% in 2012, according to the Babson Survey Research Group.
  • In 2015, 63.3 percent of chief academic leaders reported to Babson that online learning is a critical part of their long-term strategy.