Is Online College Cheaper and Why?

16 Nov

You’re thinking about going to college, but are trying to figure out what’s best for you and your life? Firstly, college is for everyone. Having a degree under your belt, or any post-secondary education on your resume could never hurt. Well, I guess it could technically hurt your bank account… and that is probably a concern in your mind, which brought you here to me!

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Try to think of it this way, college classes, online or not, are going to be costly regardless. Do not base your education around a price and as cheesy as it is for me to say, education is priceless. This goes hand in hand with your dreams. You want to go to college to achieve a goal or to get that dream job you’ve  wanted ever since you were a child, so why should you put a price on it?

Of course, there is a price on it – but you will have the job and salary to pay off your school loans! On the bright side, you can always apply for scholarships and grants to help reduce that negative in your account once you graduate.

With that said, base your decision on your goals, lifestyle and needs. Once you have decided on that, this is usually where the traditional classes vs online classes debate begins, because if your lifestyle and needs aims towards the online colleges, then the only thing that would be stopping you is the price, right? We have always been programmed to think the cheaper, the crappier something is and in some cases, this may be very true. So you’re probably wondering if online college is cheaper, and if so, why?

Like any college, the price  of online college ultimately depends on the college of choice and the area of study you are going for. However, here are some things that will help you determine how much online college will cost. The tuition costs are pretty much the same as a traditional college, but online education ends up being considerably lower in price in the long haul.  How so?

Well first, we’ll start with the obvious. An online college doesn’t need to lease land, build a University and all that jazz. Thus, they don’t need to make money to cover such expenses, ultimately saving you some coin.

Think of your travel time. You no longer need to pay for a bus pass, cab, car, insurance… whatever your way of transportation would be, because you can work on your course, where it is convenient for you.

Flexibility of taking online college courses is also going to save you money in the end because you won’t need to schedule your work around your schooling. You can schedule your schooling around your work. Makes sense?

Aside from the three main reasons as to why Online College is cheaper, there are other things as well. No buildings… no janitors. No building… no librarian. No building… no electricity bill.

The list goes on and on. There are a lot less expenses for the school to have their courses online which reflects on how much (less) money that need from you. So no, just because it is cheaper doesn’t mean it’s crappier. It’s just better!

Is A College Degree Worth It?

11 Nov

So you’re unsure if a college degree is worth it? First, worth what? Worth the money you are about to invest? Worth the time? Worth the hassle? I’m going to assume your biggest concern is about the money; is a college degree worth all the money you have to spend. Well firstly, there are tons of scholarships and grants that will help you pay off that college degree and decrease that debt once you have completed school. Just take a moment and refer back to that common sense. If a college degree wasn’t worth it, would businesses, schools and the government give you money just to help you and encourage you to accomplish that post-secondary goal of yours, so you can work your dream job? Common sense – of course it is worth it. It’s worth it even if you were to pay for it completely by yourself. It’s all about your accomplishments, goals and happiness. If you thrive on the thought of flipping burgers at a fast food restaurant for the rest of your life, maybe a college degree isn’t worth it, but in all honestly… if that is your goal and dream job, you need to think about the future of your life with a minimum wage and repetitive job working with teenagers for the rest of your life.
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I know that a lot of people have gone to school just to have that degree/diploma under their belt. It makes your resume look better and it shows your commitment and determination as well as intelligence to potential employers. In this case, again, yes a college degree is worth it. It is going to help you be successful.

Speaking of success, it is proven that people with a degree earn more money. This kind of relates to my last point. It looks better to potential employers, which is going to get you that job instead of the guy sitting next to you in the interview room that never went to college.

SO you tell me, are you still wondering if a college degree is worth it? It depends how much you crave happiness and success. If you are content with having a dead-end, minimum wage job for the rest of your life, then sure – you don’t need a college degree for that… but is that really what you want? You can be anything you want to be. Remember that. I promise you that it will be worth it!

How To Avoid Getting Roofied?

3 Nov

So you’re wondering how to be more safe when you’re out partying with all your guys, or girls? This is a very good, and responsible question! It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you’re studying for, you are bound to party at least once (times a million) throughout your college years. Believe it or not, but what course you’re studying also isn’t going to make a difference if someone is targeting your drink to be roofied. And although it’s hard to believe, someone who is studying on how to become a police officer may also be the one targeting you and your drink! Yup, you guessed it. The course that someone is studying also doesn’t determine whether or not you can trust them with your drink.

Now, I am not trying to scare you but you do need to be very cautious when you are out partying, or partying with people outside of your group or that you don’t know very well. Remember, stranger-danger and keep this in your mind. This article is for both males and females because statistics have dramatically increased with men being sexual assaulted. So just because you are a man, that doesn’t mean you should put your drink down for anyone to touch.

Here are some tips to always do whenever you are drinking! It doesn’t matter how well you know the person, or how much you trust that guy that’s studying to be a cop – follow these tips!

NEVER leave your drink unattended. If you have to go to the bathroom, either chug that drink back or suck up that $5 you just spent on it, and throw it out. It takes literally seconds for someone to put something in your drink.

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ALWAYS get your own drinks. If a guy offers to get one for you, go with him and watch very closely. Again, it only takes seconds.

ALWAYS party with at least a few people that you can trust. If you go to a party with all strangers and you can roofied, who’s not to say that everyone is in on it and that’s something you definitely don’t want to have happen.

NEVER just go home to sleep it off, you if think you have been roofied. It takes only minutes for it to take affect. Call 911 immediately.

If you follow these previous tips, you should not have a problem. Just remember to be cautious. Don’t trust just anyone. Again, if they’re taking a cop program, don’t assume that you can trust them. Be careful and drink responsibly!

How To Make School Less Boring?

26 Oct

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You guys asked it, and I shall answer…. How to make school less boring? It’s a sad reality but even if you’re pursuing a career stemmed from one of your absolute passions at the best online colleges, school can still be boring. Trust me, I know! I can’t sit still for 5 minutes without whining and complaining about how I am bored even if I’m doing something I absolute love.  When you’re bored, you tend to zone out and time goes sooooooooooooooooooo sllllllllllllllowly.

If your grades aren’t the greatest, despite how boring the class may be, I recommend that you suck it up and just pay attention. However, if you have excellent grades and can manage to multi-task, these little things can really add some fun to your boring, dreadfully long classes.

Doodling can make the time pass by more quickly and it doesn’t take a lot of brain power so you aren’t necessarily missing out on important things. As long as you keep your ears open, you should be just fine.

Go for a bathroom break and walk around a bit. If you don’t have anyone to take notes for you while you are browsing around, you may miss important information.
Pen tricks. Again, doesn’t take a lot of brain power but it can be really fun to do – and challenging.260/365 [pen trick]

You can always tune out your professor/teacher and read your text-book. However, you could do this on your own time and will not hear anything the teacher needs you to know.

Write a note to your room-mate, boyfriend… whoever. It takes about 5 minutes and can be fun to write about how awful your class is.

Now this one is my absolute favourite. People Watch! It is so much fun to observe the people around you and seeing the things that people do when they think they aren’t being watched. Don’t just look at them, actually observe them. It’s actually very interesting and almost always hilarious. You’ll soon know who picks their nose on a frequent and who is the creeper checking out all the ladies.

How Do I Get Involved?

21 Oct

If you’re going to school online, especially if you’re going to  one of the best online colleges, you surely want to get involved, right? But how in the world do you get involved with your school when you do it online!? Seems like a brain buster or oxymoron! However, it is possible and why wouldn’t you get involved? College is all about the experience, and despite a common misconception, you aren’t “missing out” just because you decide to do your courses online… you just need to know how to do it right and not just sign in to your computer, do your assignment and sign right off.

If you are taking Online courses from a College or University that also has in-class courses, you more then likely have access to the campus just as any student would. If you are feeling a little lonely from taking online courses, go to the student library or a trip to the campus gym.
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In addition to that, you can also join the clubs and before you start sipping on your HATE-ORADE, school clubs aren’t as nerdy as you may think. The football team and cheerleading squad is a school club, so join, join, join away!  If you can’t find a club that pertains to your interests, start your own! Maybe even start a club specifically for students taking online courses! Have your favourite online professor support your idea and sponsor you!

If you are in the same geographical location as some of the other online students, set up a study group. Now, the only way to find out about your “classmates” is to talk to them which leads me to my next topic.

Most online courses offer a forum and a chat room so you can socialize with the other students, and ask questions pertaining (or not) to your course. Start a conversation in there and get everyone chatting away! At the very least, your online class will be much more enjoyable if you have someone to talk to that can relate.

Lastly, you can go greek and nope, you don’t have to be on campus to do so! There are a lot of online sororities and frats, so why not join in on the fun, right?

And there you have it! The easiest way is to obviously go on campus and get involved, but when all else fails, pick up that handy laptop of yours and put it towards some social media, that’s not Facebook.

What Are The Benefits Of Online Courses?

18 Oct

You may not think that there is a big difference between online college courses and traditional college courses, but there is! Taking online courses instead of traditional ones can actually be very beneficial to the student.
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Of course, the biggest benefit of taking online college courses is the flexibility it gives you. You can do the course whenever, wherever and take as much time as you please, within reason of course. As long as you have your laptop, WI-fi (or a rocket stick) then you’re good to go! Online courses are great for students that have a busy schedule due to work… or lots of partying. Hey… I’m not judging! A lot of single-parents take courses online and even athletes! I know a lot of people who are professional hockey players and they get paid big bucks to play a sport, but they want that degree under their belt and with next to no available time and constantly traveling, they decided to complete their goal by taking online courses. Genius, right?

Another huge benefit is that taking courses online saves you money! Don’t believe me? Consider the costs of student residency if you were to go away for college. Most places also charge plus utilities – so up goes your expenses dramatically. On top of that, you have transportation costs, either your car (insurance and gas) or a bus pass. Don’t forget Moneythat you will need to eat, so add groceries onto that list as well… and trust me, the list is endless.  That’s a couple thousand dollars (on average) that you’re saving a month just by taking online courses. I don’t know about you but this sounds golden!

Due to growth in online programs, you have the luxury of studying anything you want with whatever school you want. Okay, maybe not anything and any school – but it’s getting there. Tons of programs and degrees can be earned from online courses, and a bunch of schools that are offering these opportunities.

Ultimately, you get to do school when you want to do school and work it around your schedule, save money and study what you want to study. Can it get much better then that?

Am I Eligible for a Student Loan?

12 Oct

Are you eligible for a student loan? Well, that all really depends on what you are looking for in a loan, what you’re going to school for, for how long… etc. Now, there’s no need for you to start worrying! Finding out if you are eligible for a student loan is nowhere near as hard as getting that online master degree that you are aiming to achieve after you get approved for this loan. Oh, I kid again. I will stop with the bad jokes, now that I have your attention and everything.

Alright, so with a little bit of research, I was able to find out tons of information in regards to eligibility and processes of student loans and grants – but they are very specific to country, state, program etc. I am going to assume that most of you reside in the United States or Canada, or intend on going to school in one of these two countries so here is a general idea as to what will be looked at, when being considered eligible for a student loan.

If you are Canadian, such as I, then you’re awesome! Aside from being awesome, our fabulous government has many partnerships in place for most provinces and territories to help us get a higher education and our dream job! Like everything else in this Country, there are exceptions for residents of Quebec, Northwest Territories and Nunavut but they do have their own student assistance programs in place for those of you that are in these areas.

Once you qualify for a Canadian Student Loan, you will be assessed for Student Grants that you are eligible to receive. Here is the checklist that you will need to go through to apply for any student loan or grant:

  • you must be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada or a protected person
  • you must be a permanent resident of the province/territory that issues you the student loan(s)/grant(s)
  • you will need to demonstrate financial need. This means, if your parents are billionaires… it’s unlikely that you will receive a loan as you do not need financial assistance… clearly. A BILLION DOLLARS IS A LOT!
  • you must be enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program that is at least 12 weeks in a 15 week period and that is offered by a post-secondary institution
  • you must take at least 60% of full course load if you are a full-time student, or 20%-59% of a full course if you are a part-time student
  • you must pass a credit check
  • you must have not exceeded your maximum lifetime limit of financial assistance

Once you are approved of your loan and are in school, it is required that you maintain decent grades in order to continue receiving your student loan(s)/grant(s) each school year. That’s the hard part, right?

For  the United States residences,  your check list seems to be different depending on the state, loan and whether it may be subsidized or unsubsidized. Unfortunately, you guys don’t have one checklist that is going to tell you what the eligibility process looks at when going through applications. However, I can assure you that they look at very similar things to Canada’s checklist, but again, different states require different information. You can also inquire about additional information about the FAFS (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

In a nutshell, if your parents don’t make too much money, you don’t have horrible credit, and you are actually in school and have a good background check, you are bound to be approved for some kind of loan.

That’s simple enough, right? You might as well apply and see if you are eligible – you have nothing to lose! FREE MONEY! Well, until you have to pay it back!