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 Vermont. 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.
- In fall 2015, 5,988,790 U.S. students took at least one online class, according to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). That number represents 29.3% of all enrolled students, increasing from 24.8% in fall 2012.
- Back in 2005, only 3.18 million students were enrolled in online classes, according toBabson Survey Research Groupthe Babson Survey Research Group.Babson Survey Research GroupThat's a whopping 88.3% increase over just ten years!
- In 2015, there were 26,686 programs offered via distance education. Who knows how many there will be in the years to come!