The unemployment rate reached 9.8 percent in November, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Many individuals who now find themselves without a job may have difficulty entering the workforce without a postsecondary education. Online colleges can help people earn a degree from the comfort of their own homes in a short amount of time.
Recently, Western Governors University, Utah (WGU) has grown in popularity as more people look for a financially efficient way to obtain a postsecondary education, according to the Los Angeles Times. Orleatha Smith is one example of a student who was forced to drop out of a traditional school due to mounting tuition costs.
Eventually, Smith enrolled in WGU to finish earning her postsecondary education. She is one of many students who has studied at the nonprofit institution, worked toward a degree and avoided an unnecessary amount of student loan debt.
WGU offers each student a mentor to coach them through their online college experience and help them work toward a degree. Time magazine named the school one of the “best schools you’ve never heard of” for its unique approach to internet-based education.
Approximately 4 million students nationwide were enrolled in internet-based classes during the 2008 academic year, according to a report by the Babson Survey Research Group, MA and the Sloan Consortium.